Study Abroad News

January 2016

In This Edition:

Important Events

On-Campus Leadership - Share your insights from abroad

Your Future is Global

Go Abroad Again

Connect with UCI students who share your interests

Share your experience abroad with others

Visit the Returnee Webpage

What Next?


Important Events - Mark your calendar!

Study Abroad Returnee Seminar Come to the first meeting for winter quarter!
Monday, January 4 at 2:00 pm in SSL 152
This 1-unit seminar is for recently returned study abroad participants who don’t want the study abroad experience to end and want to know how to keep it alive within you.  Reflect on what you’ve learned and discover how to move forward in job searching, further education and personal development – right now and into the future.  You are welcome to come to the first meeting of the class and then determine if this seminar will fit into your schedule and plans for on-going international learning.  Contact the Study Abroad Center for the course enrollment access code the first week of winter quarter.

International Welcome (Back) Breakfast - FREE FOOD!
Thursday, January 7th, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in front of Student Services II in the outdoor plaza
(or in 1010 if it is raining or cold).
Welcome back to UCI! Come meet and welcome the new international exchange students and welcome back fellow UCI students who have recently returned from abroad for a FREE BREAKFAST! Bring friends, make friends, eat and be merry! RSVP and see who else is coming. See you there!

LESSONS FROM ABROAD: Study Abroad Returnee Conference
At San Diego State University, Sunday, February 21, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.  (This is approximately a 1-hour and 30 minute drive from UCI.)
Your registration fee of $15 covers the cost of lunch and conference materials.  Past participants say the conference benefited them personally and professionally. 

  • Reflect upon your experiences abroad, lessons learned and skills gained
  • Learn how to present your global skills in a job interview
  • Network with students and professionals
  • Explore international opportunities for your future in the U.S. and abroad

View this YouTube video & see why past participants recommend this event!

On-Campus Leadership - Share what you learned abroad with fellow UCI Students

Develop your leadership skills, share international and global insights and knowledge with fellow UCI students while earning money, academic credit and/or developing professional skills.  Apply for the following on-campus positions during winter quarter:

Your Future is Global

Global Leadership Certificate Program (GLCP)
Discover what it means to be a leader in a global context.  Get involved at UCI and abroad.  Develop leadership skills and put them into action!  This certificate program can help set you apart as you transition from undergrad to the professional world.  You can initiate change and make a difference.  Check us out on the web (link above) and attend the information session for more details:

  • GLCP Information Session – for anyone
    Wednesday, January 6
    3:00 - 3:50pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010
  • GLCP Orientations – for registered participants
    Tuesday, January 12
    4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010
    -OR-
    Wednesday, January 23
    4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Student Services II, Room 1010

Graduate Fellowship:  Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program  Application Due:  January 13, 2016
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks applicants who are interested in promoting positive change in the world as Foreign Service Officers for the U.S. Department of State.  The fellowship is open to undergraduate seniors and recent graduates who intend to begin a two-year master’s programs in the fall of 2016.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. All UCI graduates who have been awarded this fellowship had studied abroad while at UCI.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) - *New*
Research Abroad Fellowship!
Get Involved in Research
Workshops, multiple dates beginning January 7

Did an international topic spark your interest while abroad?  Plan a faculty-mentored research project on your international area of interest and apply for the new UROP Research Abroad Fellowship for research funding.  Opportunities are also available for publication in the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal and to present your research at the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Visit the UROP website above for details, including workshop registration.

Extend your international learning through Internships – UCDC
You've been abroad - now gain hands-on experience interning in a globally-focused internship in Washington D.C.  Internships are available in virtually any field, including internship sites such as Amnesty International, Interpol, Center for International Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Citizens for Global Solutions, US State Department, and many, many more!

  • Limited space is still available on UCDC for Spring Quarter 2016 - contact us immediately in winter quarter, if interested or to learn more!
  • Internship opportunities are also available in Sacramento (UCCS). Application deadline for Spring Quarter 2016 is January 15th! Contact us to learn more!

Join the Minor in Civic and Community Engagement
Take what you have learned abroad and put it into community action and public service here at home.  Develop knowledge, skills, and values to be agents of change in your community. The minor is open to all undergraduate majors on campus. 

Social Sciences Week:  Take the next step in your international career:

  • Monday, January 25: Grad School Panel & Mixer: 5:00-6:30pm pm SBSG 1517
  • Thursday, January 28:  Alumni Career Panel: 6:00 -7:30pm SBSG 1517

Go Abroad Again!

Teach English Abroad.  Prepare through UCI Extension TEFL Certificate
Teaching English abroad is a great way start a new career and gain global experience.  Your adventures abroad continue when you complete UCI Extension’s 10-week summer intensive program (also offered fall, winter and spring quarters). Valuable benefits include the opportunity to interact with visiting international students, job referral assistance, and post-program staff support. To learn more, attend a free information session on campus:  Reserve your space! Or for more information, contact Roger Dupuy at rdupuy@uci.edu or (949) 824-9951.  

Connect with students at UCI who share your interests

English Conversation Program Facilitator - Join for winter quarter!
Mondays 4pm-4:50pm, Tuesdays 4pm-4:50pm, Wednesdays 4pm-4:50pm or Thursdays 4pm-4:50pm

Meet students from around the world.  Further your cultural insight, build relationships and appreciate our diverse campus community at ECP! Serve as an English Facilitator and assist international students with building their conversational English skills.  Each week, you will participate in one-on-one pairings, group activities and more. Volunteer or earn academic credit (1.3 units).  Sign up now: www.tinyurl.com/ecpwinter2016 Questions? Contact programs@ic.uci.edu​ 

Across the Bridge: A Global Dialogue Between International and Domestic Students Lunch included!
Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:30pm, Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
March your calendar to join fellow Anteaters from around the world in this wildly popular program to discuss issues of diversity and culture! Watch the web site for the Winter quarter's discussion topic.  Co-sponsored by the International Center, Cross-Cultural Center, and the Study Abroad Center.

International Studies Club
The International Studies Club is an academic club designed to integrate students from all backgrounds who share a common interest in the global arena. From areas of public health assistance, governance and public policy to anthropology and culture, the club brings together diverse students interested in international affairs. 

iClub
Make friends from all over the world. The iClub is a social club designed to bring together international students and domestic students through activities, events and excursions.  Check out past events, up-coming events and club details on our Facebook page

Communication Club (conversation partners) - Join for the winter!
Be a conversation partner for a UCI Extension international student, January through March. The Communication Club partners domestic and international students for language and cultural learning…and fun!  For more information or to be matched with a partner contact Communication Club at (949) 824-8530 or commclub@uci.edu

Share your experience abroad with others

Are you tired of talking about your time abroad with friends and family and seeing their eyes glaze over? Below are some ways for you to get a captive audience and share about your experiences with people who want to hear it.

  • Join Us On Facebook and InstagramShow UCI students what YOU did abroad! Post your photos, videos, blogs, stories, and more.  Share your experiences and inspire someone else to take their journey!
  • Be in the Student Spotlight on our home page.  We would love to include YOUR story.  Take a look at the short list of questions on EEE and respond to those that pertain to you.  These Student Spotlights motivate UC Irvine students of today and tomorrow to follow in your foot-steps and make the life-changing decision to study abroad! Check out current Spotlights (at the top of the page). 
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