UCSB EAP office at 2431 South Hall / (805) 893-3763 / eapucsb@eap.ucsb.edu                                                              December 2013

EAP Appreciation Lunch

It was standing room only at the UCSB EAP staff/faculty appreciation lunch on November 13th. Two of our peer advisors, Maya Chupkov and Eric Uslander, spoke from their hearts when explaining to the rapt audience how significant their time studying abroad was for them.
New UCSB EAP Staff Member

She used to hang out on the Great Wall of China... she now hangs out at EAP! We are pleased to welcome Krista Rockholt, our new regional advisor for China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Krista came to Santa Barbara from Amherst, NY after earning a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo. She studied abroad in London and Hong Kong.


International Education Week (IEW)

We enticed many students to stop by our internationally themed tables at the Arbor walkway during IEW (November 11-15) where we offered delicacies from each EAP region. We then had our fleet of returned students and EAP staff ready to answer questions and explain the process and benefits of study abroad. Students had fun answering "Where do you want to study abroad?" on our chalk board.

EAP Freeman Foundation Internships 

Students who study abroad in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand may intern abroad and receive a stipend of $3,000 or $5,000. Recipients will be placed in a wide range of offices, such as companies, NGOs, government offices, schools and public health facilities. Selected students will combine their internships with academics to allow them to be full-time students while getting some great international work experience.  Interested students must submit an EAP application AND the Freeman internship application. Go here for more info.

All Gaucho Reunion, April 24-27th -- Mark Your Calendars!

Student/Staff/Alumni Story All Rolled into One

Coincidently I was returning home to California through Düsseldorf, Germany from a two week family vacation in Italy.  Düsseldorf happens to be where my EAP "Buddy" Mona Offermanns currently lives and works, so of course I contacted Mona and arranged to reunite with her.  Mona and I have been in contact sporadically since we met in Santa Barbara in 2005 through the UCSB EAP Buddy program which unites EAP Returnees with Reciprocity students.  Mona showed my family and I around her neighborhood and brought us to restaurants to taste the local food and brews.  It was nice getting to know more about Mona's origins since we had shared many Californian experiences.  I truly cherish the international acquaintances that I have made through the Education Abroad Program which now have developed into lifelong friends!! Prost! (Cheers in German)  -- Diana Oropeza, EAP Chile 2004-05

Mona Offermanns, Diana's German "buddy" in the UCSB tee shirt (left) is shown with Diana Oropeza (right) during their recent reunion in Düsseldorf. Diana went on EAP as a UCSB undergrad and now works in the UCEAP systemwide office.

Becoming a Bilingual Global Citizen

Exhilarating, challenging and eye-opening are three of my favorite adjectives to use while describing my year abroad in the Spanish immersion program at the University of Barcelona. Diverse and never at rest, Barcelona is enriched with opportunities to explore the numerous cultures within Spain as well as a variety of ways to cheaply travel throughout the European continent; needless to say, the exhilaration only amplified with each cultural journey.

Scholastically, the transition between taking science classes in English to liberal arts in Spanish was at first a challenge. With a little work on my part and the amazing resources provided through EAP at my host university, by spring semester I was so well adapted that I ended up receiving my best GPA in college ever. Taking two upper-division psychology electives in Spanish provided a novel perspective toward interactive and applied learning.

I stumbled upon an amazing opportunity of shadowing the lead doctor and director of Maritime affairs at a prestigious clinic in the heart of Barcelona. I was able to spend 13 hours in direct contact with patients of all different backgrounds, translating and aiding as I soaked in the knowledge. These versatile experiences while gaining a profuse amount of Spanish medical vocabulary, all served my ultimate goal of reaching bilingualism and gaining a true global perspective.  -- Ashlee R., EAP Spain

The hottest job skill is...

By Annalyn Kurtz  @AnnalynKurtz October 30, 2013

What is it? Fluency in a foreign language.
Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.
Roughly 25,000 jobs are expected to open up for interpreters (who focus on spoken language) and translators (who focus on written language), between 2010 and 2020, the Department of Labor estimates. That represents 42% growth for the field and does not include the military, which is also recruiting ferociously for more people. Read more.

The Most Educated Countries in the World

By Michael B. Sauter and Thomas C. Frohlich October 15, 2013 published online at 24/7 Wall St.

Between 2010 and 2011, the percentage of adults with a college degree in the United States remained unchanged at 42%. ... While the U.S. has failed to improve recently, it still did far better than most, ranking fifth overall. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest proportion of adults holding a college degree. The most educated populations tend to be in countries where spending on all levels of education is among the highest. The United States, for example, spent 7.3% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education in 2010, the sixth highest among the countries reviewed by the OECD. Eight of the 10 most educated countries spent more than the OECD average on education, both as a percentage of GDP and in dollars per capita. Read more here.

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