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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
Alumni Profile: Scott Reed, President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West

With 20 years of experience in the classical music industry, UCEAP alumnus Scott Reed has become a leader in arts education and administration. Scott has been the President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West, in Montecito, CA since 2010.

Scott attended UC Santa Barbara, where he majored in Vocal Performance. In 1996 he spent a semester abroad with UCEAP at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, studying French to improve his facility with the language when singing. He credits this term in France for directing his future career in arts administration and developing his passion for making performing arts accessible to everyone. Continue Reading

Italian Exchange Students Find Love

Join us in congratulating Mara Dambour and Francesco Gini on their wedding this summer! One of the many possible benefits of study abroad is meeting the love of your life!

In 2009, Francesco Gini, a student from Italy, came to UC Irvine on an exchange with UCEAP.  "Already having the opportunity to study in beautiful California would have been a dream for me. But when I arrived there, I met a wonderful and special girl, also from Italy on exchange with UCEAP.  It is with extreme happiness that I tell you that the girl I met while at UCI, thanks to you, is now my wife."  Congratulations Francesco Gini and Mara Dambour!

FORUM Award Recipients: Life Lessons

Three UCEAP alumni and former recipients of the National Undergraduate Research Award are profiled in a recent publication. Hear how their research abroad impacted their careers!

UCEAP Remembers

UCEAP remembers Professor Joonhong Ahn and Professor Mattison Mines. Both had a major impact on our students and programs

News & Events

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Alumni News
UCEAP Students and Alumni Meet in China

Last month, over 30 current UCEAP students and 100 UC alumni had the opportunity to meet at events held in Beijing and Shanghai. In addition to courses at Chinese partner universities and Chinese language study, UCEAP supports our students through internships and other service learning opportunities. Our UC alumni abroad are instrumental in creating internship opportunities for our students.

8&Beijing speakers included UCEAP alumni Addison Yang (UCLA, China 2015), Andy Zhang (UC Berkeley, Korea 2010) and James Flanagan from TEDXBeijing. In Shanghai, UCEAP alumnus Jason Chang from DLA Piper Law (UC Berkeley, China 2001) and France Lin from The Walt Disney Company (UCLA 2011), shared opportunties for students to participate in internships at their respective companies. A big thank you to our alumni for making these events a success and to our study center teams in Beijing and Shanghai for the planning and support of these events.

UCEAP Students meet Desmond Tutu

This past May, UCEAP students Betty Nguyen, UCLA (second from left) and Savannah Berkley, UC Berkeley (second from right), along with other University of Cape Town students, attended an intimate service with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  

Since his retirement in 1996, local congregants and international visitors gather for small and intimate services with the “Arch” and Father Michael Weeder, the Anglican Dean of St. George’s. Betty and Savannah were welcomed by the Arch and asked to say where they are from and their reasons for visiting the city. Prayers were then offered for those suffering in events unfolding in the world. The services offer an hour of peace, love, warmth and worship. These early morning services in the presence of the Arch and the people who attend are a good and timely reminder of his words, “Despite the ghastliness in the world, human beings are made for goodness. The ones that are held in high regard are not militarily powerful or even economically prosperous. They have a commitment to try and make the world a better place.”

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