September 2021

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UCEAP Presents:
State Department Careers
UCEAP Study Abroad Fair
Arches at the Santiago study center, Chile


Study Centers and Staff Features
Support and Safety pages now feature study centers to help students see what types of assistance are available for a program.
These sections can help students study abroad with confidence by allaying any concerns they—or their families—may have.
The Chile Study Center with César Noriega-Ramos, interim study center program manager, is among the first to be published.
  • Study center locations and description
  • Study center staff bios
  • Emergency support information
  • Specific topics study center staff can help with
  • Study center activities
  • Site amenities, such as study areas or printers
Cesar Noriega Santiago study center, Chile
This initiative is a work in progress—please contact the Marketing and Communications team if there's a gap that needs to be filled.
Thank you to all the study center staff who provided key information and images for these new sections. For more information, contact Virginia O’Connor.
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UCEAP Viewbook: New Features and Updates
The UCEAP Viewbook provides an interactive and informative way for students to learn about study abroad and UCEAP.
    You’ll find this year’s Viewbook online in mid-September. Updated and new features include:
    • Study Abroad Personalities: Program suggestions for each personality have become more targeted.
    • Videos: Paying for Study Abroad and Choosing a Study Abroad Program videos give students another way to get information.
    • Photography: Updated images depict an exhilarating and larger-than-life adventure.
    • Student testimonials: Student voices offer new perspectives on study abroad.
    • Blog posts: New posts cover identities, insider tips, careers abroad, and more.
    • UCEAP Study Abroad Planner: A downloadable planner helps students narrow down options when they explore programs.
      This year, students reviewers joined the Viewbook development to ensure it met students' needs. Share the Viewbook with students and others in as many ways as you can—social media, websites, presentations, and email signatures, etc. Keep your eyes out for this year’s UCEAP Viewbook. If you have questions, contact the Marketing and Communications team.
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      UCEAP Presents: State Department Careers
      Leslie Gerson and Samantha Ku, both UCEAP alumna, will talk about careers in international relations, graduate school for political fields, and working for the US State Department.
      Leslie Gerson, UC alum
        UC Santa Barbara graduate Leslie Gerson spent much of her career working at the State Department. She attended the University of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France, with UCEAP during her junior year of college.
        Samantha Ku, UC alum
          UC Irvine graduate Samantha Ku works at the US State Department. With UCEAP, she attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland, London School of Economics in UK-England, and interned at the United Nations House in Scotland.
            Register to join the conversation at noon on Thursday, September 9.
            For more information, contact Bryn Lemon.
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            the californian abroad

            5 Tips to Incorporate Your Identity when Studying Abroad
            UC Berkeley graduate Ramil Mercado shares his experience as a queer-identified person of color who studied abroad in Southeast Asia and Argentina.
              The choices students of all identities make when choosing to study abroad form the foundation of their personal experience.
              Share the post in your student communications and let students know important tips to creating a meaningful journey.
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              scholarship news

              Become a Scholarship Application Reader
              Help the dream of study abroad come true for hundreds of students by reviewing scholarship applications. Readers are an integral part of the process to select exceptional students for scholarships.
                Use your experience of working at UCEAP to evaluate and score applications.
                Once you volunteer, you will attend an orientation and receive training materials about the process. You’ll spend about 3-6 hours reading and scoring applications from October 1-15.
                To volunteer or find out more, contact Bryn Lemon.

                STAFF UPDATES

                Marie Bartz
                Marie Bartz has left UC Berkeley Study Abroad to join Pixar as a production resource associate.
                She started as a peer advisor in 2014. Marie has held multiple roles, including as the study abroad advisor for the East Asia portfolio for the last two years as well as the team’s capable Slate expert.
                Ivano Caponigro
                Ivano Caponigro has joined UCEAP as the Italy faculty director for 2021-23 based in Bologna.
                At UC San Diego, Ivano is a professor of linguistics and faculty co-director of Study Abroad. During his residency in Italy in the fall term, he’ll teach a Language, Mind, and Society course for UCEAP Bologna students. Ivano says he’s looking forward to enjoying the intellectual richness of Bologna and its many artistic and culinary pleasures
                Kathleen Chiaraparra
                Kathleen Chiarappa will be assisting with reception coverage and administrative support in the UCEAP office during the afternoon. She comes to UCEAP with a wealth of administrative and office support experience with Santa Barbara County. You can reach Kathleen remotely using the reception email address or Or if you’re on-site, feel free to drop by reception and say hi.
                Amgad Hawari
                Amgad Hawari
                Amgad Hawari (am-jad hah-wah-ree) has joined UCEAP as an IT student worker.
                Amgad is an incoming sophomore at UCSB majoring in Computer Science and a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. As a member of the Network Team, Amgad will be assisting Jason Brown and Scott Kasai with systems administration, desktop support, and training.
                Genesis Herrera
                Genesis Herrera
                After 5 years with the UC Santa Barbara Education Abroad Program, Genesis Herrera will be leaving her position to begin a graduate program in Global Studies at UCSB. Genesis worked with students interested in Spain/Latin America programs, managed the Global Intern Program, served as the Reciprocal Exchange Program coordinator, and supervised the Peer Advisor Program at UCSB. In addition to being a strong advocate for all students, she strengthened the partnership with the UCSB Educational Opportunity Program and developed Spanish language outreach content.
                Alice Kojima
                Alice Kojima
                Alice Kojima left the UC Santa Barbara Education Abroad Program in August to take a new position at UC Irvine. She joined the team in October 2019 and made valuable contributions. In addition to advising, she managed the Reciprocal Exchange Program, coordinated marketing materials, and was an advocate for students pursuing programs in Europe and Africa.
                Noah Kuchins
                Noah Kuchins
                Noah Kuchins has joined UCEAP as the associate program director for Team SOAA (Spain, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas). He will have program director responsibilities for Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Noah most recently worked as assistant director for International Programs at San Francisco State University, leading the study abroad section and managing university exchange partnerships. During his eight years as assistant director, Noah established 30 new exchange university partnerships and participated in campus shared governance as an academic senator.
                Glenn Levine-West
                Glenn Levine-West
                Glenn Levine-West has joined UCEAP as the faculty director for Northern Europe. He is a faculty member in the Department of European Languages and Studies at UC Irvine, where he also serves as the German Language Program director. Based at the UCEAP Study Center in Berlin, he will have faculty oversight for UCEAP programs in Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Glenn served as faculty director of UCI’s Study Abroad Center for six years.
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