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college students in Bordeaux in the 60s

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
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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Internship Experience in Canberra, Australia

Australia's fall semester saw the launch of UCEAP's new International Security Program in Canberra. At the heart of this program is an internship hosted by the Australian National University. On September 3, UCSB student Guillermo Becerra completed his internship with the Embassy of Panama and shared the following remarks:

Guillermo Becerra (right) with Gian Carlo Pedreschi Torres, former Deputy Head of Mission to the Embassy of Panama in Australia, and the Panamanian Ambassador, Mr. Marcelino Aviles Valdespino

"I had a wonderful experience learning about the life of an ambassador and the tasks that are carried out daily. I sharpened my note-taking strategies, learned how to write a note verbale, and undertook office assignments that required my Spanish writing and communication skills. More importantly, I learned strategies on how to network in a professional environment to make critical connections. These skills will aid me in my educational and career goals to continue improving my consummate professional work ethic. I am grateful to the ambassador for this phenomenal opportunity to intern and I look forward to maintaining a long-lasting connection.”
Toward the end of the program, UCEAP students met with program officials, the director of the ANU internship program, Laurence Brown, and two representatives from the US Embassy who shared their educational and professional experiences as well as tips on how to prepare for careers in the State Department.  

First UCEAP Global Day of Giving a success!

Thank you to alumni, staff, and friends of UCEAP for helping with the first ever Global Day of Giving. UCEAP raised $22,674 from 313 donations to support student scholarships!! 

We appreciate your gifts, your social media shares, and your labor of signing cards. We couldn’t have done it without you.


News & Events

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Alumni News
Alumnus John Frankl appointed Program Director in Korea

Please join in welcoming Professor John Frankl as new program director/ liaison professor of UCEAP's Seoul Study Center.

John is a professor of Korean and Comparative Literature at Yonsei University. He started studying Korean in 1987 while at UC Berkeley and spent his junior year abroad. In addition to being fluent in Korean, John is also a skilled martial artist with a black belt in jiu jitsu. He enjoyed his time in Korea and at Yonsei so much that he returned to Korea immediately after graduation and enrolled in the Department of Korean Language and Literature to earn an MA in modern Korean fiction. After completing his PhD at Harvard and a postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley, he returned to Korea where he has been a faculty member at Yonsei University for fifteen years. In considering his new role, John states: "My experiences during my UCEAP year abroad informed and transformed my life in so many positive ways that I could not have imagined or predicted at the time. I look forward to doing all I can to make sure the same is true for all current and future participants in this wonderful and meaningful program.” 

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UC Merced Celebrates 1K Milestone

In August 2019, UC Merced saw its 1,000th student study abroad. This milestone represents a culmination of enduring and dedicated efforts to bring international education opportunities to Merced, California.

Just 13 short years ago, the first Bobcat participated in a UCEAP program. UC Merced’s first UCEAP participants, in true Bobcat pioneering spirit, forged their path to study abroad without the same level of support students enjoy today. It wasn't until spring 2008 that UC Merced hired the founding International Affairs staff member. Since then, the campus has steadily expanded access to an ever more diverse student population, sending growing percentages of first-generation and Latinx students. 



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