November 2021

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Native American Heritage Month 8
National First-Generation College Student Celebration
International Education Week
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20-Year Top Producers of Gilman Scholars
Among US universities, seven UC campuses have been named top producers of Gilman scholars over the last 20 years. The award recognized universities for their role in broadening the student population that studies abroad.
The honored UC campuses are:
Universities with over 15,000 undergraduates
  • UC Berkeley: 1st
  • UC Santa Barbara: 4th
  • UC Los Angeles: 6th
  • UC San Diego: 7th
  • UC Davis: 11th
  • UC Irvine: 17th
    Universities with 5,000-15,000 undergraduates
    • UC Merced: Tied for 19th
    The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate.
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    International Education Week Webinars
    UCEAP will offer a series of webinars from its partner universities and institutions during International Education Week (IEW).
    During November 16-18, students can view 14 presentations from partners that include academic opportunities, location highlights, tailored experiences, and onsite staff and support. Each session is 30 minutes and includes time for Q&A.
    Session topics include:
    • Berlin Calling! UCEAP Programs in Germany
    • UCEAP-Designed Programs in Europe
    • Field Research & Internship, Belgium and France
    • UCEAP Summer Physics
    • UCEAP Japan STEM Programs
    Designed to celebrate the benefits of international education, IEW is part of the US government’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad.
    Check out all the sessions and register today!
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    Study Abroad Fair Draws Record Numbers
    A record number of students registered for the UCEAP Virtual Study Abroad Fair.
    Almost 1,800 students signed up to attend the fair, hosted October 19-21. That includes drop-in students, who registered after the fair started.
    Staff from every UCEAP department collaborated to create more than 20 sessions covering topics like:
    • Study abroad options by location
    • Finances, budgets, and scholarships
    • Study abroad and the pandemic
    • Courses credit abroad
    • Eco-friendly study abroad
    • Peace Corps Prep
    Students could also get questions answered during drop-in advising sessions and open Q&A sessions. Check out the session recordings.


    10 Steps to a Career Abroad, Starting with Study Abroad
    GenZ students want career options. UC Berkeley graduate Sierra Alef-Defoe shares useful advice for starting a career abroad—and it starts with study abroad.
    Share the post in your student communications to help students achieve the career of their dreams.


    First-Generation College Student Celebration Day
    Universities across the US, including the University of California, will salute the successes of first-generation students during First-Generation College Student Celebration Day.
    UCEAP knows that successes include studying abroad. The Daily Californian has highlighted those first-generation students and their stories, which include:
    • UC Berkeley graduate Ramil Mercado wrote about his experience in Southeast Asia and Argentina in the blog post 5 Tips to Incorporate Your Identity into the Study Abroad Experience.
    • UC Davis graduate Ricardo Martinez studied in Brazil and offered tips to other first-generation students in the post My Study Abroad Experience as a First-Gen College Student.
    First-Generation College Student Celebration Day is on Monday, November 8. Learn more about the event.


    Luis Legaspi
    Luis Legaspi has left Study Abroad UC San Diego after 7 years as a study abroad advisor to join UC San Diego's Center for Student Involvement. He will serve as the communication and leadership program manager. This new role will complement Luis' academic pursuits—he recently began his doctoral program in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Luis was an important voice both in our office and within our field, presenting at multiple study abroad conferences and receiving the NAFSA Rising Star award.
    Nydia Lopez
    Nydia Lopez
    Nydia Lopez has started at the UC San Diego Study Abroad to advise on Spain, the Americas, and the Middle East programs.

    Nydia is an alumna from San Diego State University where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Nydia also completed a graduate assistantship at the UC San Diego Study Abroad office during her graduate program. She studied abroad in Spain and Morocco and is passionate about bridging the gaps for underrepresented students to go abroad.
    Emily Loui
    Emily Loui
    Emily Loui has joined the UC San Diego Study Abroad team and will be advising on Asia and Scandinavia.
    Her programs include the Alternative Breaks program, Clinton Global Initiative University, the Social Innovation Fund, educational efforts, and changemaker initiatives. In one of her previous positions, Emily served as the manager of Service and Civic Leadership at UC San Diego Extension. There she co-founded the Center for Global Volunteer Service, where she organized international service immersion initiatives in six countries.


    Native American Heritage Month
    I believe it is crucial and increasingly urgent that we study indigenous ways of knowing and further develop the field of Native American studies to preserve ancient knowledge systems.
    My experience studying abroad in Mexico City directly related to my coursework. It provided me the opportunity to practice two languages (Spanish and Native Mexican Nahuatl) and develop my research skills in preparation for graduate school.
    Moises Villegas•UC Santa Barbara
    Native American and Indigenous Studies•Mexico
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