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Alumni Profiles

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
UCEAP Presents featuring Ambassador Barbara Bodine

Another wonderful event featuring UCEAP Hong Kong alumna Ambassador (ret.) Barbara Bodine speaking on the state of world affairs in general and diplomacy in turbulent times.

Ambassador Bodine is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and studied abroad with UCEAP in Hong Kong in 1968 before going on to obtain her Master’s at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Watch the video recording on the official UCEAP YouTube channel. 

John Williams receives UCEAP Distinguished Alumni Award

UCEAP was honored to present John Williams, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, with the 2021 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award.

When accepting the award, John spoke about his year abroad in Göttingen, Germany (1982-83), and shared what he learned from his experience and how it’s informed and shaped his career as an economist, central banker, and leader in national and global policy institutions. To watch the video, click here.

Alumni Award presented to Nell Painter

UCEAP was honored to present Nell Irvin Painter with the 2021 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award.

During her talk, Nell spoke about her time in Bordeaux in 1962-63 and how her time abroad inspired her to become a historian. Watch Nell's talk here. Congratulations Nell!

UCEAP Global Day of Giving is May 20

Thank you for making our UCEAP Global Day of Giving a success. 

The 24-hour fundraising drive supported study abroad scholarships for the next generation of students who take their educations worldwide. We hope you will continue to spread the word. If you're a UCEAP alumni, share how studying in another country changed you with the hashtag #UCEAPChangedMe.

News & Events

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Alumni News
Alumni talk about State Department Careers

Another great UCEAP Presents featuring UCEAP alumnae Leslie Gerson and Samantha Ku. If you are thinking about a career in international affairs or if you just want to hear some great conversation featuring two amazing UCEAP alumnae, check out this video!

Leslie Gerson studied abroad with UCEAP in Bordeaux, France, in 1968-69. Hear how her UCEAP experience had a direct impact on her lifelong career in international affairs. Leslie is celebrating 43 years of service with the U.S. Department of State!

Samantha Ku is a 2018 UC Irvine graduate and three-time UCEAP participant. Samantha will be starting her career with the State Department this month. She will talk about how she was able to apply her study abroad experiences and post graduate activities into a successful State Department application and recruitment. Bios for both Leslie and Samantha are available below.

This session of UCEAP Presents was moderated by Ben Read, Professor and Department Chair of Politics, UC Santa Cruz and former UCEAP faculty director for China.

UCEAP Presents: UCSB’s Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCSB and Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, discussed her sociological research on gender and globalization.

The presentation included scenes from some of her award-winning documentaries.



UCEAP Presents: Javiera Barandarián

Thirty years after it was imposed on citizens by a military regime, Chile’s Constitution is up for reform.

Excitement is in the air as Chilean society has never before participated in constitutional writing. Supporters hope the new constitution will retain the gains of the past – including political and economic stability, a certain degree of wellbeing – and address the many challenges: primarily, inequality, poor (and expensive) social services, and widespread distrust in political parties and government institutions. Javiera will describe the recent history that led to this moment, outline what come’s next, and share some reflections on the issues Chileans hope the new constitution will resolve. Watch Javiera's presenation here

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