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In the Beginning: The 1960s


William Allaway, an authority on international education then working at Stanford, suggested developing an education abroad program for the entire UC system. He pitched the idea to Chancellor Samuel Gould of UCSB.


Allaway was hired to lead the study abroad project;
The UC Regents approved Gould’s request to make UCSB the headquarters for the program;
Allaway began talks in France about establishing a study abroad program there.


The first UCEAP participants--80 UC students--traveled to Bordeaux, in the south of France, to start a year-long study abroad program.


UCEAP’s reciprocity program began when a few students from France, Italy, Germany and Japan came to UC;
UCEAP expanded into other locations in Europe: Gottingen, Germany, and Padua, Italy;

100,000 from the Student Loan Fund was allocated to provide long-term loans for UCEAP participants.


UCEAP expanded into Asia, opening a study center in Japan.


Programs opened in England and Scotland.
UCEAP expanded into South America, opening a study center in Columbia.     
More than 200 UC students studied abroad through UCEAP at 10 different universities.


Returning UCEAP participants were asked for feedback on their experiences, beginning a tradition of research and evaluation that's helped strengthen the program.


Political turmoil in Greece and a military coup in 1967 prompted the temporary shutdown of the study center in Delphi.
The Six-Day War (Third Arab-Israeli War) resulted in programs in Israel and Lebanon being temporarily closed.


UCEAP expanded south of the border, sending 18 students to Mexico.


Some UC students at the International Christian University in Tokyo joined Japanese students in protesting a new entrance exam for the school, saying it would enable the government to select more “politically correct” applicants. UC students involved in the protest were kicked out of UCEAP, but a few didn’t leave Japan until they were deported in 1970.
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