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

EAP Applications to study abroad this summer, fall or year are due now!

Hopefully you have been busy meeting with many students planning to study abroad this summer or fall. Deadlines for various programs are now through the end of February. Some deadlines get extended. Please advise students to check our web site.

Increased EAP Scholarship Funding

UC EAP is offering over $1.2 million for 2013-14 study abroad scholarships – the most that has ever been offered before! Scholarships of $1,000-2,000 are available for students of all backgrounds and majors, going on all types of EAP programs. Refer to their web site.

There are many other scholarship sources. Please go to the UCSB EAP web site for more info.

Let’s Share Stories

Your students are having amazing experiences abroad on EAP. Why not share their stories through your department web site and newsletters? The Center for Middle East Studies found riveting material for their alumni newsletter from their EAP returnees. Read “O’Donoghue: On Belonging and the Revolution” about Allegra’s experiences in Egypt in their recent newsletter. We can help you source photos and articles from returnees from your department, just contact Chris Silverstein.

Peggy Kidney
Academic Affairs Coordinator, Università di Bologna - Bologna, Italy

“Peggy Kidney stands out in my mind as one person who truly supports her students as they grow and explore their passions through study abroad.  She challenged me when I needed a push, supported me when I faltered, and congratulated me when I reached my accomplishments.  Peggy pushed me to pursue an internship with the Human Rights Nights Film Festival, which was one of the highlights of my year abroad.  When I hit a low point and came to her for help, Peggy reminded me of all the different achievements of the year, and boosted me up to seek out more challenges.” - EAP student, Shelby H.

Leading the UCEAP program in Bologna, Italy as an academic coordinator, Peggy Kidney works individually with international students in selecting appropriate courses, as well as advising and providing resources on internship selection. Peggy heavily emphasizes the importance of interning while abroad, and is truly passionate about finding a place that is satisfying and accommodating for each student’s needs and goals.

“The internship opportunities allow students to ‘test the waters’ in their field of interest,” she says. “Apprentice with an artist just like in Renaissance times, shadow a surgeon at the University research hospital, work in a chemistry lab, teach English in a high school, translate articles for a literary journal…[there is] a wide variety of subjects!”

This collaboration has not only changed the lives of EAP participants, but has produced cultural additions to the university that Peggy helps facilitate. In the past, these have included self-published works by the students, the establishment of a LGBTQ Cultural Center, performances by UC dance companies, collaboration with the Wayne Thiebaud show and even the donation and exhibition of artwork that now remains in the permanent collection of the Morandi Museum.

Like many of the citizens of Bologna, Peggy enjoys passing afternoons at a family trattoria, conversing over some of the best fresh food in Italy -- specifically tortellini, tagliatelle and mortadella (the original baloney/bologna). In her free time, she frequently visits Sala Borsa, the library of Piazza Maggiore near Neptune’s statue, where she occasionally grabs a caffè and observes the activity of the streets. When work allows, she goes to the Archiginnasio library, where students are urged to see a 1607 coat of arms commissioned by Diego de Leon Garavito, one of the first students in Bologna from the New World!

Peggy remains in contact with past EAP students, and even continues to collaborate with those who have returned to Italy to work or intern. Her daughter is currently abroad participating in the EAP program at UC Berkeley, continuing a family tradition of international education.

“We are increasingly a globalized society and the EAP program builds knowledge and understanding, the basis for solid communication,” Peggy says. Thanks to her dedication in immersing her students in the many facets of Italian university life, she has created an international dialogue that continues to this day.

Meet Eric!  Is it possible to study abroad in Europe and take your classes in English?

The common language in The Netherlands is Dutch; it is spoken and written everywhere you go.  I took classes with Dutch students, rode on Dutch bike paths, partied at Dutch festivals and made great Dutch friends.  I personally spoke no Dutch upon arrival, and very little more upon departure, but I had no problems with communication.  Almost everyone in Utrecht is fluent in English and they love to speak it! Language was never a barrier to integration in my new Dutch city.  Besides, when you’re screaming your head off after a goal during a Holland vs Germany soccer match, or pumping your fist to Tiesto live at a club in Amsterdam, language is irrelevant.

Also, in Utrecht they take care of their international students.  Utrecht University has a very popular program called ESN (Erasmus Student Network) that constantly puts on events, gatherings and trips for their members.  The catch is, only international students are allowed to join!  Also, I lived in an (amazingly fun) international house.  My apartment housed 12 students from 12 different countries.  In situations like these I had no choice but to create a great network of friends from all over the world.  Take a guess as to the common language spoken between the internationals.  I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t Dutch!

The Goals Of Transnational Education: Reflections of a True Believer

by Jeffrey S. Lehman

In October, UCEAP partnered with The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) and the Berkeley Law School (IELE) to mark UCEAP's 50th Anniversary with a lecture featuring Jeffrey S. Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU-Shanghai and President Emeritus of Cornell University.

Jeffrey S. Lehman gave a thoughtful, lecture entitled "The Goals of Transnational Education: Reflections of a True Believer," which provided thought provoking ideas intended to inform the ongoing debate, discussion, and activities of individuals and groups at all UC campuses as they seek to create more transnational learning opportunities for undergraduates through UCEAP and other program options.
 

International Education Exchanges Are at an All-Time High, Strengthening Economies and Societies around the World

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2012—The 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds that the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by six percent to a record high of 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year, while U.S. students studying abroad increased by one percent. This year, international exchanges in all 50 states contributed $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy. International education creates a positive economic and social impact for communities in the United States and around the world.

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