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The UCEAP Alumni Network is free to join and provides alumni an opportunity to update their contact information, reconnect with UCEAP, stay updated on UCEAP news, and more. Click here to join today!


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Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of UCEAP in Spain. For information on upcoming UCEAP events, go to our events page.

Support for Scholarships

Lack of sufficient financial resources is one of the primary roadblocks for study abroad. You can make study abroad a reality with a gift to support UCEAP scholarships! To find out how you can provide scholarship support, contact Elizabeth Janis Perl, Director of Alumni Engagement and Development, at (805) 893-4233 or

Help Select Exceptional Students for Our Scholarships

UCEAP alumni are warmly invited to join the scholarship review committee. Use your experience of studying in another country to review scholarship applications from students preparing to go abroad in 2015. Application Readers are an integral part of our selection process. After completing a training orientation, readers will evaluate and score applications from the comfort of their own home. To read and score applications you only need a computer or tablet with access to the internet. Reviews will take place in the first few weeks of October 2014. For more information read the full program description and contact Stacey Lydon, Alumni Engagement & Scholarship Officer, at (805) 893-2832 or 

Scholarship Reader Orientation Slides

Scholarship Reader Instructions

Scholarship Reader Training Seminar

Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award

Established in 2014 and named in honor of UCEAP alumna Linda Duttenhaver, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that UCEAP bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of alumni who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service and extraordinary success in a particular discipline or organization. 

Host Institution 

Dr. Alice Kaplan, the John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale University, is the recipient of the 2014 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award.  Dr. Kaplan is a professor of  Romance Studies, Literature, and History and the Chair of the Department of French at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. While an undergraduate studying French at University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Kaplan participated in the 1973-74 UCEAP Bordeaux, France program. She completed her 1981 Ph.D. at Yale and her current research interests include World War II and post-war France, literature and law, biography/autobiography and French cultural studies.  Her book French Lessons: A Memoir, published in 1993, recounts her study abroad experience with UCEAP and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography/autobiography.  Arthur Goldhammer from the Washington Post commented about Dr. Kaplan "Born a Jewish daughter of the American Midwest, Alice Kaplan became a professor of French and an expert on the literature of French fascism. French Lessons is the story of her cultural odyssey, a brave attempt to articulate the compulsions that drove her to embrace foreignness in order to become truly herself.” Dr. Kaplan was astonished and delighted to be the recipient of the first Duttenhaver award.  “This past fall  I celebrated the 40th reunion of my study abroad year in Bordeaux with a small group of friends from the UC program.  It was an experience that sealed our friendship, enriched all of our lives, and continues to inform our thinking and our eye on the world.”  - Alice Kaplan

ALL UCEAP alumni are eligible for consideration of the award. Alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate deserving alumni for this award. Once nominated, the individual’s name remains in nomination for a total of three years.  Nominations must be received by March 31, 2015.

Award Information       Nomination Form (PDF)      Nomination Form (Word)

UCEAP Emerging Leader Award

Each year, UCEAP recognizes one individual to receive the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes an outstanding UCEAP alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the past 15 years and has a record of extraordinary service and achievement. The same criteria and process for nomination applies to this award as to the Linda Duttenhaver Distinquished Alumni Award.

Host Institution 

Josue Lopez Calderon is the 2014 recipient of the UCEAP Emerging Leader Award.  Josue graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B. A. in International Development Studies.  He studied abroad with UCEAP at Thammasat University, Thailand in 2010 where a blog of his experiences attracted the attention of the U.S. Department of State.  Upon returning from Thaliland, Josue has pursued a career in Washington D.C. and is currently a U.S. Department of State Gilman International Scholar, focusing on a proposal on how to implement financial and technological growth and innovation in the Latino community by using Asia’s educational model for science and technology.  Currently, Josue works for the U.S. Treasury Department, as a Business Development Specialist.  Josue published an article earlier this year for The Huffington Post in English and Spanish to raise awareness about the need for diverse candidates and the scholarships and fellowships available for study and intern abroad programs.  Congratulations Josue!

Award Information​    Nomination Form (PDF)     Nomination Form (Word) 

UCEAP Values Your Voice

We want to know about your UCEAP experience and what you’re doing today. Share your story with future UCEAP participants and make an impact that will last a lifetime.

Since the program began in 1962, 120,000+ alumni have participated in UCEAP and come away with diverse and meaningful experiences. In addition, many UCEAP alumni are making significant contributions in the international arena.

Some of our notable alumni include:

  • Ambassador Barbara Bodine: U.S. Ambassador to The Republic of Yemen (1997–2001); Dean of Professional Studies at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute; recipient of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Alumni award (1991)

  • David Bustamante: Public Affairs Officer, Department of Foreign Service

  • Marco Antonio Firebaugh: California State Assembly (deceased March 21, 2006)

  • Governor Jennifer Granholm (2003-present): Significant participant in the Obama Administration transition team, Michigan’s Attorney General (1999-2002)

  • Ambassador Marc Grossman: Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group (2005-present); Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005); Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000); U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997)

  • Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan: NASA Astronaut; Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Legend Award (2005); Astronaut Hall of Fame (2004); Public Service Award, National Science Board (2003); four Presidential nominations under different administrations (1985, 1992, 2000, 2004)

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