The mission of the Study Abroad Center is to foster a culture at UCI in which study abroad is expected and achievable for all students.
The Center assists students in participating in programs abroad that offer unique academic opportunities, international learning and personal development while making progress toward their UCI degree. Graduates who have studied abroad become future leaders – in public, private and non-profit sectors – with a more nuanced understanding of other countries and cultures as well as greater self-awareness and self-confidence. We aim to ensure that our students’ study abroad experiences help them affect positive change in the world, both locally and globally.
Student Learning Outcomes
UCI study abroad participants report and demonstrate significant gains in the following areas:
- Independence, self-confidence and flexibility
- Clarity about their own values and their future goals
- Understanding views and perspectives held by others
- Foreign language skills
The Study Abroad Center aims to have 20% of UCI students studying abroad prior to graduation by 2020. Currently, approximately 900 UCI students study abroad each year, which represents 13% of a graduating class.
We also seek to have more students studying abroad as sophomores and juniors and fewer as seniors so that returned study abroad participants have the opportunity to enrich the UCI community with what they have learned abroad prior to graduating.