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UC Education Abroad Program to Hold 50th Anniversary Alumni & Friends Reunion
DATE: 4/3/2012
Study abroad participants recall the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future at UC systemwide event.
Santa Barbara, CA – The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala Alumni & Friends Reunion to be held Saturday, April 28, 2012, on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The UCEAP event will coincide with the campus’s 2012 All-Gaucho Reunion to be held April 27–29.
First launched in 1962, UCEAP has grown to become the largest undergraduate exchange program in the United States and a vital component of UC’s academic mission. The 50th Anniversary Alumni & Friends Reunion will provide an historic opportunity for UCEAP alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and supporters to reconnect with the program and one another.
“Current education abroad participants share the same experiences as their counterparts 50 years ago, but the world into which they’ll be graduating has been dramatically altered by globalization, economic shifts, and the interconnectedness of the digital age,” said Jean-Xavier Guinard, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of UCEAP. “International education is the ideal preparation for success in our modern era.”
“The Alumni & Friends Reunion,” Guinard added, “is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved with the program to celebrate a half-century of amazing success and outline ways of ensuring that study abroad remains available and affordable for tomorrow’s UC students.”
UCEAP’s 50th Anniversary Alumni & Friends Reunion will include a hosted wine and cheese reception, dinner buffet, and dessert reception. The dinner program features remarks by UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang and distinguished alumni. Guests will also be invited to share their own stories about how studying abroad helped shape and enrich their academic, professional, and personal lives, including insights on the many ways the experience gave them fresh outlooks, new language skills, an appreciation of different cultures, international friendships, and new levels of self-confidence and independence.
All are invited to this landmark celebration of UCEAP’s past, present, and future. See the UCEAP 50th Anniversary website for reunion information and other 50th events.
Event Details:
Date: April 28, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Corwin Pavilion, University Center, UC Santa Barbara campus
Admission: $30 per person ($20 for recent UCEAP participants from 2007 – 2012)
Registration: Register at before April 16
Contact: Kim Bluitt,, 805-893-4233
Event web page:
 The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) 
Through international academic experiences, the University of California Education Abroad Program inspires students to explore and transform their lives, UC and the world. UCEAP is the only study abroad provider representing the entire University of California system. Its partner universities span more than 40 countries worldwide, and its UC-approved programs are fully integrated to offer UC credit, grades and financial aid.