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Director’s Announcement: UCEAP Study Abroad Video Series Launches on UCTV
DATE: 12/3/2012
​I am pleased to announce an exciting new video series on UC’s Education Abroad Program. The series features life-changing stories from UCEAP participants and begins airing today on the UCTV Prime Network (
Produced by Communications at UC Office of the President, the 3-part series begins with a trailer on Nov. 29, followed by new episodes—featuring two segments each—every Tuesday for three weeks.
Each video will explore how UC study abroad students are influencing the world—and how the world is influencing them. Features include a student from the first UCEAP class who was on hand for John F. Kennedy’s speech at the Berlin Wall, a recent graduate who is building a life-saving medical clinic in West Africa, a student who has risen out of poverty and gang life to realize the dream of studying abroad in Italy, and another who is helping youth in both India and the U.S. gain leadership skills.
We invite you to embed the videos, link to the UCTV Prime channel, and share these compelling stories through your social networks. The videos will also be available for viewing on the UCEAP website.
Below is a schedule of the subjects and release dates:

Going Places: UC Education Abroad Program

Dec 4: Witnessing History
In 1962, UC Santa Barbara junior Leslie Zomalt was part of the first group of students to study in Bordeaux, France through UC’s newly launched Education Abroad Program. Among her experiences, the political science major traveled to Germany to see President John F. Kennedy speak at the Berlin Wall, and ended up watching the historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech with a German family that had been divided by the Wall’s construction.

Arab Spring
UC Berkeley student Justin Hinton was taking classes in broadcast journalism as part of his semester in Egypt when he found himself at the center of world events. As the Tahrir Square protests erupted blocks from his apartment, Hinton took his camera into the streets. His dispatches to YouTube provided a first-hand glimpse of history unfolding and helped him launch a career in broadcast journalism.

Dec. 11: Changing the World

Building a Clinic, Bridging Worlds
While studying abroad in Ghana, UCEAP participant Jeremy Kirshbaum launched an effort to help residents of a remote mountain village construct a life-saving medical clinic. Through ecotourism, bead sales, and benefit concerts, UC Santa Cruz students are helping residents of this mountain community acquire critical funding and health care resources, while forging enduring connections across continents and cultures.

Growing Young Leaders
A medical evacuation from India due to malaria didn’t deter UC Riverside student Samantha Wilson from wanting to make a difference in the country. Upon returning home, the then-junior began working with schools in impoverished South India to develop a curriculum that would shift the focus from creating child laborers to creating child leaders. Now serving 90 students throughout India, Wilson has brought the Child Leader Project home to Riverside, serving youth through a community garden and an exchange program that brings the youngsters to India to connect with fellow participants.

Dec. 18: Changing Lives

Renaissance Man
At 12 years old, Los Angeles resident Mario Trejo saw only one path for himself—to follow his brothers into gangs. In his senior year of high school, good grades and an interest in medicine led to his being encouraged to apply to the University of California, which changed the course of his life. But it wasn’t until, as a UC Merced junior, Trejo fulfilled an impossible dream and spent a semester in Florence studying Italian that he was able to truly transcend his difficult history and realize the extent of his capabilities.

Back to the Farm
When they began their studies at UC Santa Barbara in the 1980s, Greg Massa and Raquel Krach would never have imagined themselves where they are today: growing organic crops on a family farm outside of Chico. But a tropical biology program in Costa Rica sparked an appreciation of the role of ecology in agriculture and kindled a love—for farming and for each other—that set a new trajectory for their lives.

We hope you and those in your networks enjoy these stories which highlight the contributions of University of California students around the world and showcase the profound benefits of international education.
 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.