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An Invitation to Parents and Family Members

I invite you to encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), the University of California’s central international study program.

For more than 50 years, more than 120,000 alumni have participated in UCEAP and come away with life-changing experiences. This past year, more than 5,000 UC students participated in 380+ UCEAP programs in 42 countries worldwide. Most were enrolled through UCEAP as full-time students in some of the world’s major universities.
UCEAP students take courses that are fully integrated into their UC degree programs. The wide variety of programs includes year-long, one-semester, one-quarter, and summer study abroad opportunities that attract UC students majoring in a range of disciplines, including engineering, the physical and biological sciences, economics, environmental studies and other social sciences, communication, literature, history, drama, and art.
Many UC students use their UCEAP experience to develop proficiency in a second or third language, a proficiency increasingly important for employment in a global economy. Others take advantage of research and internship opportunities that enhance their ability to gain admission to major graduate and professional schools upon their return to California. Many have praised their academically challenging and culturally enriching UCEAP experiences as important to their success as citizens in and contributors to a rapidly changing world.
The University of California makes sure that its UCEAP students have strong support while they are studying abroad.  Study Centers in UCEAP countries are run by UC or local faculty and capable local staff. The Study Center staff organize orientations for arriving UCEAP students and help them register their courses, settle into their housing, and take advantage of the rich social and cultural opportunities made available by their host universities and communities. Expert UCEAP specialists also look out for students’ health and safety and are available on a twenty-four hour basis in the event of an emergency. All students are automatically covered by UCEAP travel insurance.
Vivian Nyitray
I encourage you to explore the wealth of information available on this website. I also invite your son or daughter to stop by their Campus EAP Office, where the campus EAP staff will welcome questions and help them find a UCEAP program that best fits their needs.
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Vivian-Lee Nyitray
UCEAP Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director