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All UCEAP alumni agree that studying abroad is a transformative experience. UCEAP alumni are leaders in the fields of language and culture, international education, politics and more.  Read interviews with alumni and learn about their lives before, during and after UCEAP.


Alumni Profiles
Support for UCEAP Emergency Response Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us professionally, personally, financially, and possibly in ways that we haven’t yet fully realized.

Over 1,600 UCEAP students were required to return home, many of them only after a few weeks abroad. On May 5th, a global day of giving, UCEAP alumni and friends, raised $3,800 for the UCEAP Emergency Response Fund. Funds raised will be used to offset unanticipated expenses related to the suspension of UCEAP programs. Some of those expenses include airfare back to the United States, housing and food costs, and supplies. Now, more than ever, we are stronger together, and there is no better time to connect with your UCEAP community. Thank you to everyone who donated!



Share your memories from UCEAP

During this difficult time, many of us find ourselves find checking in with friends from our time abroad on UCEAP. I've been reflecting on my year in Scotland and thinking back to the first images that I have of that beautiful country.

 

Studying abroad through UCEAP provided me the opportunity to leave the United States for the first time in my life. What I remember about my first impression of Scotland is how striking the architecture was around every corner. The beauty of old buildings, common place to those who lived there, stood out in such stark contrast to the streets I grew up around in the US. Our UCEAP orientation staff brought us to Edinburgh Castle where we saw a beautiful view of the whole city, these gorgeous buildings sprawled out amongst craggy hills and as far as the sea. I remember feeling so full of enthusiasm for the year ahead of me, surrounded by fellow UCEAP participants, soon to be friends. 

We would love to hear your first memories from your time abroad and to see photographs from your first day in country! Please take a moment to share your memories with your fellow alumni on UCEAP Connect and help all of us feel connected through our memories dotted all around the world.

Sincerely,

Bryn Lemon
Scholarship and Alumni Engagement Coordinator



Message from the Director: COVID-19 Impact

What a difference a month can make. In one month, the impact of COVID-19 took us from suspending programs in three countries to suspending all 2019-20 spring and 2020-21 summer programs.

UCEAP monitored and followed fast-changing directives from health and travel advisories between the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of California Office of the President. Simultaneously, instructional transitions at partner institutions, travel bans, and border closures compounded each decision UCEAP needed to make.

So, where are we now? At home adjusting to working remotely, following the stay at home order, and trying to ensure the health and wellness of our loved ones and ourselves. We are also considering fall 2020 programs and whether they will run as scheduled and what modifications might be necessary or possible. We can’t predict how long we will be in this state of uncertainty, but there are some things that will remain constant: our commitment to UC students and our appreciation for each other. As we regroup and face new challenges together, I'm encouraged by the resilience, creativity, and kindness you demonstrate. Now, more than ever, UCEAP must keep calm and carry on.

With gratitude,




Vivian-Lee Nyitray
UCEAP Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director



Lyon Student Emma Warshaw remembers Provence

Studying abroad can really be a strange time in any student’s life. On the one hand, you travel on the cheap, crashing in hostels with your friends and mildly concerning but probably harmless other travelers. 

On the other hand, opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime adventure present themselves at random, leading to some of the most sublime and inspiring trips you will ever have. For me, this past November was the latter: I checked a box on my bucket list and participated in the olive harvest at a family-run farm in the Luberon Valley of Provence. As if my biology nerd self wasn’t already thrilled enough to be romping around in nature and talking about the chemistry of olive oil, I was also hosted by Thomas and Sophie, two of the nicest and most interesting people I’ve ever met who also happen to be University of California alumni.

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Suspension of 2020 fall programs announced

On May 26, UCEAP announced the suspension of 2020 fall and year programs in all locations due to COVID-19-related public health concerns.

While disappointing, this decision was not made lightly. Concern for the well-being of UC students made this the best choice, and UCEAP is committed to resuming international programs in the future. 



Faculty Honored for Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad

On March 5, the UC Davis community gathered to celebrate globally-engaged faculty, staff, and scholars. Among those honored was faculty director of UCEAP in  Spain, Cristina Martínez-Carazo, who received the Academic Senate’s Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad award



Professor Martínez-Carazo has been  teaching and directing study abroad programs in Spain for over 20 years. During this time, she developed innovative and popular programs that have benefited thousands of UC students across majors. The curricula, which she also served as an instructor for, focused on building intercultural competence skills and helping students gain a deeper understanding of Spanish language, culture, and art. A true testament to the impact of her career, her students wrote several letters of support for her nomination for the Excellence in the Teaching of Study Abroad award. Congratulations, Christina!



In Memoriam: Professor John Ridland

UCSB Professor Emeritus John Ridland passed away on January 29. Professor Ridland taught for over 40 years at UCSB. A founding faculty of the College of Creative Studies and a professor in the English Department, he specialized in poetry and translation. 



In 1993 he served as a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and stayed on three years as UCEAP faculty director of programs in Australia. Professor Ridland was beloved by all who knew him for his warm and approachable manner, thought-provoking lessons, passion for poetry, and sense of humor. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues around the world. 



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