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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
Donors meet Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco

UCEAP staff and alumni donors had the opportunity to meet 2016-17 Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco at a reception on Monday, February 26.

Tiara received the first Guardian Scholarship, a $2,500 award specifically for former foster youth who study abroad. After spending the year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, Tiara graduated from UCSB with a degree in psychology. She is back in California, working with foster youth and applying for graduate programs in social work. We wish Tiara the best as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker and influencing policy related to the foster care system.If you would like to support future Guardian Scholars, please donate online or contact Stacey Lydon, Associate Director of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement, directly at 805-893-2832.

UCEAP Alumnus Justin Gallen Gives Back

"Situated in a beautiful small valley, among the rolling hills southwest of Bologna, Sergio Navacchia and his sons Vittorio and David produce wines that are among the most respected in Italy. UCEAP students studying abroad in Bologna were invited to visit Tre Monti winery by UCEAP alumnus Justin Gallen (Padova 1988-89), whose work in the wine import industry as owner of Rinascimento Wine Company introduced him to the Navacchias a number of years ago.

The students met Justin and were given a tour of the winery by Vittorio. He pointed out the various areas where grape varieties were grown, before moving on to the details of wine production after the grapes are collected. The evening was then capped off with dinner and a wine-tasting session of the vineyard’s select wines, some of which carry the name Thea, Vittorio and David’s now deceased mother who, according to Sergio, was the initiator of the winery and the secret behind its success.Justin's invitation was a perfect example for our students to see how a UCEAP experience had developed into a life of travel, cultural exchange, appreciation, and livelihood. We all found it inspiring and were more than happy to have had this opportunity, one that we hope to repeat in the future through the generosity of Justin and the Navacchia family."- Pasquale Verdicchio, Director, Study Center ItalyAre you interested in giving back to UCEAP by sponsoring an educational opportunity for students?  We would love to hear from you! Contact alumni@eap.ucop.edu for details. 

Alumni Profile: John Frankl, Yonsei University 1988-89

John Frankl is the Associate Dean for International Affairs and 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. Not only is John fluent in Korean, he is also a skilled martial artist with a black belt in Jiu Jitsu. We recently asked John about his life and career since studying abroad. 

Tell us the highlights of your professional career. What are your proudest achievements? Although I always try to be more grateful than proud, I would have to say returning to Yonsei as a young professor, and then rising up the ranks from assistant to associate to full professor is one of my proudest achievements. Unlike in the U.S., tenure is not given until one is promoted to full professor, which took me a full ten years. During and after that time, I have written books and articles, and also been appointed to a number of administrative positions. What actually gives me the most satisfaction, however, is that I have been able maintain balance through it all. I never have and never will put my professional life before my wife and daughter, or before my own physical and mental health. I am thankful that I have managed to meet my professional goals without sacrificing all of the things that bring meaning and joy to my life.

Who was your favorite professor and/or what was your favorite class while abroad? I had a year-long class on Chinese characters with Professor In-cho Chun, who is now retired but was then in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. It was not a Chinese language class, but rather an advanced Korean language class where we had to commit about 1,800 Chinese characters to memory. Aside from the fact that the class itself has proven tremendously helpful to me for the past 29 years, he was a wonderful teacher with a unique and energizing blend of old-school Korean strictness and lighthearted humor.

What's your favorite study abroad memory? There are so many it is really difficult to choose just one. But one of which I am most proud and that led to many other wonderful memories is my immediate choice to move out of the international dormitory and into a local boarding house. This meant living, eating, and quite a bit of drinking with Korean university students. Of course, it also very much helped me in learning the language and the culture.

How did study abroad affect your life choices? I enjoyed my time in Korea and at Yonsei so much that I returned immediately upon graduating from Berkeley. I enrolled in the Department of Korean Language and Literature where I earned an M.A. in modern Korean fiction. I went from there to Harvard for my Ph.D., then back to Berkeley for a postdoctoral fellowship. Both of these were in modern Korean fiction as well. For the past thirteen years I have been a faculty member at Yonsei, where I am now a full professor and serving a second term as Associate Dean for International Affairs. So it is no exaggeration to say that my study abroad affected both my choices and trajectory immensely and very positively.

If you were to give advice to current UCEAP students, what would you say? The first piece of advice may seem quite pedestrian, but I believe it to be extremely important: spend an entire year abroad. There appears to be a worldwide trend away from traditional study abroad programs in favor of single semester or even shorter summer/winter programs. Undergraduate students are understandably eager to earn their degrees as soon as possible, but a great many of them will also live to see 100. Taking an extra semester means almost nothing in this larger calculus, but can be extremely significant in terms of how well students get to know another country, its people, language, and culture.


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Alumni News
New Grant available for Mexican and Mexican-origin UCEAP students

UCEAP is pleased to announce that the Institute for Mexicans Abroad has awarded matching grants to support scholarships for Mexican and Mexican-origin students from UCLA and UCR. These awards, managed by the Consulates of Mexico in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, will support students who go abroad through UCEAP in summer and fall 2018.


Introducing 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

UCEAP is excited to introduce the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awardees Monique Kovacs Nathan and Christine Liboon. 

2018 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Monique Kovacs Nathan

Monique is an International Volunteer Coordinator who has established lasting connections between maternal and child welfare non-profits in Nepal and the U.S., including Pushpa Basnet’s Early Childhood Development Center, One Heart World-Wide, Next Generation Nepal, and BlinkNow/Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School. She manages internship placement for international volunteers, and coordinated relief efforts after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. In addition, she successfully crowdfunded and currently manages a pilot program to provide nursing scholarships for disadvantaged young women from rural Nepal. Monique is also a professional photographer and business owner, who has collaborated with organizations in Nepal for product development in sustainable fashion and to promote the #MadeInNepal brand and campaign. She received a U.S. Department of State Professional Development Fellowship grant for photography in 2011. Monique received her B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego, and spent two years abroad with UCEAP in Italy (University of Padua and University of Bologna). She later received her M.Sc. in Government from the London School of Economics. Monique is fluent in Italian and Spanish

2018 UCEAP Emerging Leader Award Recipient - Christine Liboon 
Christine is the Employment Services Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego. She coordinates the Vocational ESL Plus Program for nearly 500 refugees every year, many newly arrived from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She started with IRC four years ago as an instructor in the VESL instructor, and has taught English to over 450 adult refugees. She works in San Diego, home to a large resettled population, to educate the greater community about the barriers faced by people forced to leave their homes due to war and violence and shape a more positive understanding of what it means to be a refugee. She has also advocated for enhancing trauma informed care processes within the IRC programs. In addition, Christine volunteers with the United Nations Association of San Diego, and has worked as an interviewer and evaluator for non-profits conducting evaluations of educational organizations. Christine received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, and she spent a semester abroad with UCEAP at the University of Santo Tomás, in Concepción, Chile. She received her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Barcelona in 2012, and speaks Spanish, Castellano, and Tagalog.



Bill and Olivia Allaway Scholarship: Support for UC Exchange Students

In 1995, Bill and Olivia Allaway wrote to UC president Richard Atkinson to announce their generous gift and plans for the creation of the Bill and Olivia Allaway Scholarship Fund.

Starting with the 1996-97 year, the fund would generate scholarships of up to $3,000 for UCEAP Reciprocity (inbound) students. Amongst the first recipients were students from the University of Bordeaux, France; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Stirling, Scotland; and University of Sussex, England.

By the mid-90’s, what started in 1962 with a group of UC students attending the University of Bordeaux, had become the well-recognized UC systemwide exchange program. In his response to the Allaways, President Atkinson said, “Your work with the Education Abroad Program is widely acclaimed for having established unparalleled opportunities for UC students in both academic programs and international understanding. The new program you envision raises understanding and opportunities to a new and significant level.”
From that inaugural year through 2017-18, over 80 Reciprocity students have benefited from a full or partial Allaway Scholarship. 

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to study at the University of California. This is quite a surreal experience for me, a few years ago I was working terrible bar jobs and had underwhelming life prospects, and now I am studying in Berkeley. I’m a Mathematics student and studying here, at one of the best universities in the world, is something I feel very lucky to be able to do. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity.” - Conor Osborne, University of Sussex, 2017-18 scholarship recipient.

Read more about the legacy of Bill and Olivia Allaway and learn about the UCEAP Memorial Scholarship funding student scholarships in their honor.  



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