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

Springtime in Paris...or Buenos Aires...or Dar es Salaam

France: Political Science, Sciences Po

EAP offers 70 spring programs in 32 countries! UCSB students should come by the EAP office, 2431 South Hall, for more information or visit our web site.

EAP Gauchos Featured at UCSB Trustee Meeting

Five UCSB EAP Peer Advisors, who all spent a year abroad last year, were invited to be featured on a panel at the May 18, 2013 UCSB Foundation Board of Trustee meeting. All in attendance were extremely impressed by the experiences these students shared and how incredibly confident, poised, and well-spoken they were. Maya, Heidi, Sarah, Eric & Molly -- you make us proud!
EAP Photo Contest -- Please Vote!

Our EAP students submitted 290 photos to our annual photo contest. We have narrowed those entries down to 3 finalists in each of 3 categories: culture, students and landscape/architecture. You get to decide the winners in each category by casting your votes here by May 31.
Tee-Shirt Tuesdays
Photo: WHOA SNAP! We have today's first T-shirt Tuesday winner! We found Emily Nightingale right outside of the Rec Cen about to get her fitness on, and she won a specialty roll at Sushiya Express in IV! Emily is a 3rd year global studies major who will be studying in Shanghai next fall.Congrats to Emily and thanks to Sushiya for their support!What is that stylish shirt this Gaucho is wearing and why does she look so pleased? Emily is a 3rd-year Global Studies major who will be studying in Shanghai this fall on EAP. Spotted by our roving staff on Tuesday wearing her "Travel. Learn. Live." EAP tee-shirt, she won a specialty roll at Sushiya Express in IV! Next time you see a Gaucho in their EAP tee, ask them where they will be studying next year.

Interning Abroad, Eric U., EAP Chile

As UC undergrads, we are under no illusions about the fact that our college careers can at times feel like a narrow pathway of red tape and academic requirements. For many, EAP is a way to diversify and revitalize that curiosity and excitement that may have diminished on our quest toward graduation and the almighty bachelor's degree.

So how can one be sure that their exchange program isn’t just going to be a tradeoff of one classroom setting for another? My advice is for you to get an internship.  In addition to obtaining UC credit on EAP, you could get hands-on experience in a subject of your choice. As for me, I got my first taste of experience as a journalist for a publication called I Love Chile. The idea seemed intimidating to me at first, but the entire experience has expanded my perception of my own capabilities.

At a downtown pub in Santiago, I met a young documentary cinematographer named Ricardo. He had been working for an English speaking news publication in the city and I found his journalism work really interesting. I half-jokingly asked if there was any room for an English-speaking college student in the organization. He responded by promising that he would call the publication and put in a good word. After one interview with the chief editor and office manager, I was appointed as assistant contact manager for I Love Chile, Chile’s number one English speaking publication... Yup, it can be as easy as that! Having journalism access through I Love Chile gave me the chance to meet with the deans of Chile’s biggest universities to discuss education, to attend press conferences with senators and mayors, and personally meet ambassadors in Chile from Europe and North America.  Here's an article and photo that I wrote for this publication.

Let’s not forget the fact that throughout these experiences, I was getting college credit and fulfilling unit requirements. More importantly though, my interning experience helped me to definitively throw off my self-image as a tourist in a foreign country and give me the wherewithal to feel like a part of the culture in which I lived.

Rose Jones Walls
Resident Director, UC Ghana Study Center - Accra, Ghana, West Africa

“Dr. Rose, or Auntie Rose as we call her, has been a pivotal part of my study abroad experience because she has been there as a teacher, friend, mentor, and so much more. She has an amazing sense of humor and knows how to make you feel at home in a place so foreign and far away. Rose and the rest of the Ghana staff don’t just want students to have a good time while abroad ­­­-- they want them to love, live, and learn, and they provide all of the resources to do that. You can really feel her love for learning and the work she puts into this program. It’s truly inspirational.” – Raquel R.

Rose Walls provides students with academic instruction, support, and counseling to help them learn about Ghana and adjust to living in a new environment. She loves watching her students learn and grow in their critical thinking, cultural understanding, and overall personal development.

Rose’s favorite tasks include helping students find internships and research opportunities in the Ghanaian community. Outside of the academic setting, she enthusiastically leads a class called Ghanaian Society and Culture, in which she exposes students to a dynamic mixture of exercises such as dance, drumming, and flute lessons, community service activities, roundtable discussions and art projects. Also, Rose enjoys taking students on travel adventures and witnessing them marvel at the natural beauty of Africa.

Ghana offers a remarkably unique study abroad experience. Students can learn a new language, strengthen their cultural awareness, get first-hand experience working with a global organization such as UNICEF, and have the opportunity to join indigenous efforts to help respond to growing concerns about development. Further, students will be able to witness a country in a pivotal development stage, as there is a contrasting scene between modern societies and those that seem to have been untouched for centuries. Traveling throughout Ghana is especially captivating; the nation is filled with cultural opportunities and the University of Ghana exposes students to these wonders by emphasizing the study of African history, culture, politics, religion, and science. All past students compliment the university and the country for providing an outstanding Ghanaian cultural connection and allowing them to discover new things about themselves as a result.

Rose stays in close contact with quite a few of her past students. They not only ask for references and career advice, but also keep in touch to let her know how much they value and miss their experience in Ghana. Students often feel like Ghana becomes a second home where they have a second family, and many of them come back to visit – all thanks to Rose, her staff, and their outreach.

Information Every Traveler Needs to Know about Accessing Funds While Traveling Abroad -- tips to help international travelers effectively access money abroad

PRWEB May 15, 2013

Should you use your debit card, credit card or traveler’s checks to pay when abroad? Should you consider opening a bank account abroad? We have more options but that just makes life more confusing. Read up on these pointers.

Snow blankets a statue at Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 12.

The Dark Side of the Expat Life

Mar 21, 2013 The International Herald Tribune

“I am about to start a new permanent job, but I worry a lot about finances, visas, finding love and starting a family. I wonder if it would be easier to get on with life if I were in the States. How do you know when to pack it in and head back?” Do you long to be an expat? Or are you an expat wondering if your exotic lifestyle is not worth missing out on so much long-term bonding with place or people? Read more and share your own thoughts on the topic. (Photo by Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency)

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