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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
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.


UCEAP Students Experience Olive Harvest in Provence

This past November, UCEAP alumnus Thomas Seale (UCSC, University of St. Andrews, 1977-78) and his family welcomed current UCEAP students Isabelle von Lockner (UCLA), Rosemary Wallace (UCLA), Sophia DeMornay-O'Neal (UCB), and Monica Minix (UCI) to participate in an olive harvest at their family farm in Provence, France.

“No way, an olive farm?!” I shouted at my computer. An email had just popped up, with an invitation to the Seale family’s olive farm in Provence, a green and rocky and lavender filled part of southern France. The invitation was for the harvest weekend, complete with a Thanksgiving dinner. I immediately replied, “Yes, please!” A month later, I arrived at the farm with three other Californians: Monica, Sophia, and Isabelle. As soon as we got to the farm, we went with the family on a tour of the fields. After being in a city for so long, it felt incredible to breathe in the crisp air that whooshed through the rows and rows of olive trees that surrounded us. At the end of the tour, we ended up in a clearing overlooking the valley below us. The setting sun threw bright orange light over the rough mountains in the distance and tinged the foliage in the valley golden. We stared at the scene, and mimicked The Lion King scene where Simba is presented to the world, since both were equally majestic. We could not wait to harvest the olives!"  Continue Reading

UC Alumni Celebrate 50 Years of Exchange with Mexico!

UCEAP traveled to Mexico City in September to celebrate our 50th anniversary of student exchange with our partners in Mexico. Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends joined us for four days of events in commemoration of our partnerships. Photos are available on UCEAP Connect

Alumni at Teotihuacan

We started our celebration with a welcome reception at the Hotel Krystal Grand Insurgentes Sur, followed by a dinner at the Restaurante San Angel. The following day, the festivities continued with a guided walking tour of the UNAM campus, which gave alumni information on the historical context of the creation of the famous murals on the sides of campus buildings. A small group then participated in a cooking class and lunch at La Casa de la Universidad de California en México. The budding chefs made chiles en nogada in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. That afternoon we headed to the National Museum of Anthropology for a tour of the Mexica room. On the third day, we took a trip outside of Mexico City to Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Commonly referred to as the City of the Gods, this pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city is known for its well-preserved murals, vast Avenue of the Dead, and the impressive pyramids that mark its landscape. After a guided tour and the chance to climb the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the group convened at La Gruta Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is located in a spacious cavity of volcanic origin, and provided a beautiful and other-worldly atmosphere. 

Our final day included a morning trip to la Casa Azul (the Blue House), which houses the Frida Kahlo Museum, in Coyoacán. The museum preserves the personal objects that reveal the private universe of Latin America’s most celebrated woman artist. The Blue House also contains some of the painter’s most important works: Long Live Life (1954), Frida and the Caesarian Operation (1931), and Portrait of My Father Wilhelm Kahlo (1952), among others.


News & Events

Read the latest UCEAP news and learn about upcoming events happening near you!

Alumni News
Announcing our 2019 Emerging Leader Alumni Awardees

UCEAP cordially invites you to join us at our annual UCEAP Alumni Awards Celebration dinner and program featuring 2019 UCEAP Emerging Leader Award Recipients Justin Hinton and Justin Yee.

Justin Hinton is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter for News 13 in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a 2016 winner of the National Associate of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Emmy Award for Live News Reporting, and a 2019 Regional Murrow Award winner. He has covered big stories including Hurricanes Maria and Matthew from the Carolinas and Harvey in Southeast Texas, the Emmanuel AME Church shooting, riots in Charlotte following an officer-involved shooting, and historic flooding in Columbia. Born and raised in San Diego, Justin graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications. He is a proud member of the National Associate of Black Journalists. Justin studied abroad with UCEAP in Egypt and Korea, and credits the footage he shot in both locations with helping him get his first job in journalism.

 Justin Yee is an emerging leader in environmental conservation and public lands management. He began his career with the National Park Service in 2014 as a vegetation intern for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. After graduating from UCLA (Class ’15) with a B.S. in Biology, he served as a biological science technician leading habitat restoration, native plant nursery, volunteer stewardship, youth training, and native seed banking programs in partnership with Los Angeles-based non-profits. Since 2016, he has coordinated the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a coalition of agencies, NGO’s, academia, and community organizations whose common goal is to revitalize and restore the Los Angeles River. Now working as a management assistant for the Santa Monica Mountains, he coordinates post-Wooley Fire recovery projects. 

We hope to see you at the event!



Students Share Meaningful Moments of 2018

University of California students enhanced their education this year by discovering the world and themselves through study abroad. They built bonds and their confidence.

 They made dreams their daily reality. They learned to trust and connect. They became seekers and adventurers.

Collectively, more than 350 UC students who studied abroad in 36 countries shared moments of friendship, belonging, discovery, and self-acceptance from their time abroad in 2018. Each represented the kind of experience UCEAP hopes every student will have. Check out their Meaningful Moments



Students and Alumni meet in Jerusalem

UCEAP celebated 50 years of exchange with Hebrew University in a series of October events in Jerusalem.

Current students and alumni enjoyed a fun Paint n' Sip event in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the old city, a lecture on "New Forces Affecting Israeli Society" by Dr. Meron Medzini, and a wonderful dinner on campus in celebration of this important milestone. Our time together allowed us to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. A big thank you to our colleagues at Hebrew University for their help in organizing the events. 

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