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11/29/2016

Share your story! The first 25 people who submit their alumni story will receive a UCEAP t-shirt! Your story of your time abroad with UCEAP may be featured on our blog and in a future newsletter! T-shirts are also available for purchase for $20, which includes a $10 donation to the UCEAP Guardian Scholars Fund 

UCEAP & Sweden Celebrate 50 Years
11/29/2016

On October 22, more than 150 UCEAP alumni and friends came together for a reunion at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The reception recognized 50 years of study abroad exchange with Lund University in Sweden.

Hsiu-Zu Ho, UCEAP Associate Dean and Eva Wiberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, spoke about the value of international education and the impact of the partnership between UCEAP and Lund University. Lund University Foundation Board Member Robert Resnick (Sweden 1971-72) shared stories from his time abroad and encouraged attendees to join the celebrations in Sweden. Event photos available here.  

Join us April 5-8, 2017 for a series of 50th anniversary events. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

UCEAP 2016 Internship Awards
11/29/2016

UCEAP is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-16 Internship Awards.

The Internship Awards program recognizes exceptional students who have completed internships while on UCEAP. The 2015-16 winners are Tatiana Ferreyra- Brazil (UC Berkeley), Jaqueline Puliatti- Ghana (UC Santa Cruz), Cian Cardenas- China (UC Santa Cruz), Hannah Stroud- Spain (UC San Diego), and Dahhee Kim- Italy (UCLA). Read more

UCEAP Students and Alumni Meet in China
10/13/2016

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
8/4/2016

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.”

STA Travel supports UCEAP
6/6/2016

STA is giving back to UCEAP.  This summer, three UCEAP students were selected to receive a $1,000 STA Start the Adventure Scholarship.

Read more about our parternship with STA.

UCEAP Japan: Back and stronger than ever
6/6/2016

On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m, Japan's most powerful earthquake hit the Asia Pacific. The quake was followed by a devastating tsunami, with waves as high as 130 feet. The country was further devastated by damage to the reactors at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that forced nearly 100,000 residents to evacuate. These three compounding disasters left UCEAP with a complex and challenging task.

 

The new academic term had not yet begun and UC students were scheduled to depart for Japan in a week. There were also 77 UC students midway through their year-long study in Japan.  Their scattered whereabouts were not readily known that afternoon, as it also happened to be spring break in Japan. 

 

The work that followed is well documented in the NAFSA International Educator March-April 2012 article entitled Overcoming Chaos by Christopher Cornell. The article highlights UCEAP, providing quotes from a UCSB student in her University of Tohoku lab at the time of earthquake, photos of two UC students from Sendai and UCEAP Japan staff subsequently gathered together in Tokyo, and citing the myriad challenges faced by UCEAP and other international programs operating in Japan.   Within days all UCEAP students were located (with one far away visiting family in the Philippines, many traveling throughout Japan or Southeast Asia,  a few who had returned home to visit family and friends in California, with two up in Sendai at school).  The US Department of State issued a Travel Warning and the UC Office of the President suspended travel to Japan.  The UCEAP International Health, Safety and Emergency Response Director worked with the UC assistance providers to schedule emergency evacuations for all students from their locations back to the U.S..  Within weeks, the Tokyo Study Center staff visited all student housing through Japan, cleaned the students’ residences and packed personal items for shipment to a UCSB warehouse from which UCEAP staff shipped the belongings to students’ addresses in the U.S.

UCEAP suspended all programming in Japan for the spring term 2011.  After a careful assessment and many security briefings, a quick and informed decision was made to support student safety and to provide time to assess the situation in all partner locations.  Students scheduled to depart from California were required to cancel their plans to study abroad; those already in Japan were not offered continued study in Japan.  Japanese students studying as part of the UCEAP reciprocal exchange continued their studies in California.  Japanese partner institutions were gracious, understanding and helpful in accommodating the UCEAP decision to support UC students’ health and safety.

A slow resumption of operations in Japan started the following year.  Initially student interest was cautious but enrollment was better a full year following the earthquake—spring 2012-- when more was known about the extent of the impact on infrastructure and the health of citizens, students, their families and UC gained confidence.  

In the five years since this disaster, continued gains have been made.  New options have been developed with Japanese partners.  A beginning Japanese language summer program and summer lab research program at Osaka University, a spring trimester (quarter) and spring plus internship semester programs at International Christian University, a spring semester at Hitotsubashi University and revamped summer lab sciences program at the University of Tokyo augment the many offerings already available. 

The UCEAP International Health, Safety and Emergency Response (IER) Team and the UCEAP Japan staff are to be applauded for the diligence and service that has been, and continues to be provided in the face of such challenges, extensive program locations, ongoing global events, and changes in study abroad.  The University of California Education Abroad Program is one of the few institutions in the country with an office dedicated to international health, safety and emergency related to UCEAP programming around the world. Health, safety and emergency response at UCEAP follows a team approach, which includes local staff, staff in California, the students and UCEAP assistance providers.  The UCEAP robust emergency preparedness, response, and contingency plans are continuously reviewed and updated after every major incident.  The UCEAP IER Team maintains the highest standards of service through staff training, best practices within the field, and 24/7 global monitoring and assessment of UCEAP programming around the world. UCEAP is able to provide the highest quality of care, oversight, and due diligence in UCEAP operations both in California and abroad.  

Looking back, UCEAP Japan started in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, when the initial exchange cohort of twenty UCEAP students came to study in a small liberal arts college in the suburb of Tokyo. Just as the 1964 Tokyo summer games marked the first Olympic ceremonies in Asia, UCEAP’s partnership with our Japanese host institutions is considered to be the first student exchange agreement in Asia with a U.S. institution of higher learning. And now, more than 50 years after the first UCEAP cohort arrived in Japan, and five years following the temporary suspension of our programs, everyone feels the buzz and excitement in the air as UCEAP anticipates our strongest ever enrollment in programs in Japan, just as Japan is gearing up to host its second summer Olympics in 2020. Continuing both tradition and innovation, this is surely an indication that international education goes hand in hand with international competition and friendship.


Brokie’s Way – A memoir from 1984-86 London Study Center Director David Brokensha
4/5/2016

In Brokie's Way, David Brokensha recalls his time with UCEAP as two of the most pleasant years of his career.  He and his life companion, Bernard Riley, lived in a flat in Kennington and traveled extensively around the UK visiting students and UCEAP university partners. His memoir is a wonderful story of love and work in Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom.

To continue reading, click here

Welcome Message from AVP & ED Vivian-Lee Nyitray
2/24/2016

Newly appointed Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director of UCEAP,Vivian-Lee Nyitray, shares her memories of study abroad, her hopes for the flagship program of the University of California, and advice for students considering their own international experience. 

To watch her video message, click here

Welcome to Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director Vivian-Lee Nyitray
2/24/2016

Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Vivian-Lee Nyitray began her position at UCEAP in January.  Following +20 years as a Professor of Religious Studies at UC Riverside,

including serving as Department Chair, three years as Faculty Director for UCEAP programs in the Netherlands, and as a faculty leader for one of UCEAP's 50th Anniversary summer programs in 2012, Vivan is uniquely prepared to offer her leadership and vision to move UCEAP forward. Most recently, Vivian was Founding Dean (Chief Academic Officer) for the Prospect Colleges in China, which includes two sister liberal arts and science colleges in Shanxi Province. Vivian says, "I am delighted to return to UC and UCEAP. I look forward to working with campus leaders and international partners to make a variety of study abroad oportunities an accessible reality for all UC students. The world awaits!"

A farewell letter from Jean-Xavier Guinard
1/5/2016

Dear Colleagues, Alumni and Friends of UCEAP.  With my term as director of UCEAP ending on December 31st, I wanted to write and thank you for your support and guidance over the past five years.With record enrollments and in strong financial health, UCEAP is poised to continue to be a leader and an innovator in international education.

 Now fully self-funded, equipped with a sound business model and a powerful strategic plan, we have come a long way in the implementation of our vision of study abroad for all, academic excellence and best business practices, and UCEAP is sustainable for the foreseeable future.

I take wonderful memories from my tenure at UCEAP, mostly because it meant working with special people like you, and for the international education of University of California and our partners’ students. Visiting with UC students while abroad and witnessing the impact of their study abroad experience was always a highlight; so was signing off on scholarship awards to hundreds of students every year.

However, my time at UCEAP was not without its challenges or even tragic events. It was marred by the death of UC Berkeley student Jasmine Jahanshahi in an accidental fire while studying at Sciences Po in Paris, the loss of longtime colleague and friend Carmen Usobiaga from our Madrid Study Center, the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the political unrest in Egypt, the Chile earthquake in 2014, and more recently, the terrorist attacks in Paris. However, in every instance, the preparedness, professionalism, resiliency and compassion of UCEAP staff were reassuring, comforting, gratifying, and frankly, overwhelming.

I take great pride in the team we have assembled at our Systemwide Office in Goleta and in our study centers abroad, as well as the relationships we have developed and nurtured with our colleagues on UC campuses. Often the product of study abroad themselves, our staff is simply top-notch! And we have been blessed with the active involvement of many outstanding UC Faculty. While I embrace the unique strength and identity of each of our UC campuses, I am a firm believer in the value of a systemwide academic program like UCEAP, and I embrace the principles of shared governance we have in place at the UC. I am grateful to both UCEAP’s Governing Committee and to the UC Academic Senate Committee on International Education for helping us to chart the right course for UCEAP.

To our alumni and friends, thank you for your support of our students and UCEAP. Your contribution to our scholarship review process, your participation in UCEAP 50th Anniversaries in California and around the world, your provision of internships and networking opportunities to our students, and your philanthropy are making a huge difference. Please continue to be actively engaged with UCEAP. My UCEAP colleagues and I are thrilled with the appointment of Professor and Dean Vivian-Lee Nyitray as UCEAP’s next Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director. Please join me in welcoming her (back) to UCEAP and in wishing her great success.

Thank you for the privilege to serve in this position since 2010, and for the opportunity to meet and work with so many of you across the UC System and around the world.
My best wishes for a happy holiday season and a great new year!
Jean-Xavier Guinard
Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director

50th Anniversary London Gala: a chance to celebrate!
12/4/2015

The 50th Anniversary events concluded with a large gala dinner at Gibson Hall in London. UCEAP alumni, staff, current students, host university partner liaisons and other guests mingled at a drinks reception before entering the great hall for a buffet dinner of gnocchi, beef bourguignon and chocolate mousse. 

 After dinner thought-provoking speeches were given by Professor Susan Carlson, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Programs at the UC Office of the President, Tina Takegi, an officer in the economic section at the U.S. Embassy in London and an alumna of UC Berkeley, Trisha Rassatt, the president of the UC Alumni UK Board and a UC San Diego alumna, and Sophia Crisafulli, a current UCEAP Promise Award scholarship recipient studying at King’s College London from UC Santa Barbara. Afterwards, guests took part in a fun and challenging pub quiz, testing their knowledge about England and California.
These events were a fantastic way for all those either currently or previously involved with UCEAP to celebrate the UC system’s long standing relationship with the UK and its Partner Institutions. UCEAP alumni enjoyed reminiscing about their time abroad and current UCEAP UK University students saw what the future might hold for study abroad students.  Here’s to the next 50 years!

UCEAP and UK: 50 Years of Exchange
12/4/2015

This past October, UCEAP celebrated 50 years of study abroad partnership between UC and the United Kingdom. Over a week of celebrations were scheduled in commemoration of this major milestone.  

Click here to view photos from all of the events.
On Saturday, October 10th over 150 alumni, faculty, staff, university partner liaisons, and current UCEAP students gathered at the Hub, a beautiful venue on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. The evening started with a drinks reception, and guests were then served a delicious three-course meal of haggis, chicken, and strawberry cheesecake. Professor Michael Cowan, Former UCEAP Acting Executive Director and UK Study Center Director hosted the evening festivities.  After dinner guests heard speeches given by UCEAP alumnus Thomas Seale and Susan Wilson, US Consul General in Edinburgh.  Finally students, alumni and partner liaisons all took part in a ceilidh, a fun and somewhat chaotic traditional Gaelic dance before the evening finished at midnight.

UK & Hong Kong 50th Event at UCSF
10/21/2015

UCEAP hosted an alumni reunion event at UCSF’s Mission Bay Conference Center on August 29. Over 120 alumni attended the evening reception in celebration of 50 years of exchange with the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

UCEAP alumni Ambassador (Ret) Barbara Bodine (Hong Kong) and 2013 Nobel Laureate Dr. Randy Schekman (Scotland) spoke to the audience about their time abroad and the impact it had on their very successful careers. Recent returnee, Kamaal Thomas, also shared about his year spent in Hong Kong.

Attendees had the chance to catch up with old friends, learn about current programs, and hear about ways to support future students through scholarship donations. Photos from the event are available online and videos of the speakers will be uploaded shortly.

We are already making plans for our 50th anniversary of programs in Sweden, tentatively scheduled for October 2016 at UCLA! Stay tuned….

UCEAP Celebrates 50 Years of Study Abroad in Hong Kong
6/5/2015

This year we are celebrating our 50th year of academic partnership between UCEAP and Hong Kong.  Several events commemorating this milestone took place in Hong Kong this past month, including site visits to our Hong Kong partners, an academic roundtable and a 50th celebration in honor of our alumni and students. 


Begun in partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1965, and then expanding to the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, students from these three Hong Kong institutions and from the 10 University of California campuses have enjoyed the opportunity to enroll in classes, engage in campus and community activities, and develop lifelong relationships that benefit not only our institutions but also fortify relations between Hong Kong and the State of California.
Hosted by UCEAP at CUHK, the very successful roundtable focused on sharing strategic initiatives, ideas and innovations currently being undertaken in Hong Kong and California. Prof. Joseph J.Y Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK started the event with a welcome address and Professor Hsiu-Zu Ho, Associate Dean, UCEAP introduced the panelists. The speakers included Dr. Richard T. Armour, Secretary-General, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, Professor Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies, UCLA, Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, HKU, Professor Hong Lo, Associate Dean, School of Engineering, HKUST, Mr. Eric Ng, Registrar and Secretary, CUHK, Mr. Paul Turner, East Asia Regional Director, Institute of International Education and Professor Chia-ning Chang, Director, UCEAP in China, UC Davis.  Over 125 faculty, alumni, students and staff attended the event.  At the event, UCEAP presented CUHK with a plaque in honor of our longstanding partnership. 

A Tribute to Carmen Usobiaga
11/9/2014

More than 40 years of dedicated service 

For over forty five years, Carmen Usobiaga was the heart and soul of our study abroad program in Spain. She had been with UCEAP since 1964, the year the program opened. It is impossible to count the number of lives she touched over the years. Students, faculty and staff all benefited from her knowledge, expertise, patience and friendship. With exemplary dedication to our program, Carmen was generous with her time and made a significant impact on everyone who arrived in Madrid. She worked with efficiency, elegance and professionalism. Carmen passed away in 2011, but her egacy will be felt for years to come. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UCEAP, founding director Bill Allaway wrote to Carmen, "UCEAP could
never have been the success it has been without the loyal support of persons
like you who helped us found the program there in Madrid, and have continued to
share your understanding of Spain and the Spaniards with succeeding generations
of California students."

Carmen was loving and patient with students, friendly and efficient with
administrators, an unconditional partner with teachers, professional with all
of us, and always ready to help. She is deeply missed by all. To read more
about Carmen's legacy and to record your own memories of Carmen on our
commemorative blog, click here.

In recognition of Carmen’s significant contribution to our program, UCEAP is
excited to announce the Carmen Usobiaga Scholarship Fund, an endowed scholarship that will support UCEAP students of exceptional merit and character studying in Spain. We would like to thank all of you who have already committed to supporting this new scholarship fund. To help create a lasting legacy for Carmen, donate online at https://alumni.eap.ucop.edu/carmen or mail your check (payable to UC Regents) to:

Development Office
UCEAP Carmen Usobiaga Scholarship Fund
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117

 Thank you! Your gift makes a difference in the lives of students. All gifts to
the UC Regents are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For questions
about giving to UCEAP, contact 805-893-4233. 

UCEAP Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Study Abroad in Spain
11/8/2014

Faculty, staff & alumni commemorate major milestone

 

This past year, UCEAP celebrated 50 years of study abroad partnership between UCEAP and Spain. Four days of events were planned in Madrid from November 5-8, in recognition of this wonderful milestone. In addition to a delegation from the UCEAP system-wide office and UC campus advisors, over 30 alumni from UCEAP Spain programs traveled to Spain to join in the festivities, including 7 from the inaugural 1964-65 cohort.

Alumni arrived in Madrid from all over the United States and Europe. Our first
evening was an alumni reunion dinner set in a beautiful stone cave at Capitan
Alatriste Tavern. Alumni shared wonderful memories from their time spent in
Spain 50 years ago along with a menu of local Madrid favorites. Professor
Stephen Small, current UCEAP study center director in Spain, joined in the
festivities and warmly welcomed the alumni back to Madrid.



 

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