They were the first participants in the UC Education Abroad Program, and they got the program off to a fine start, according to the first Associate Director, Paul Pitman, who later recalled:
"If any Regent had had misgivings about the wisdom of this new undertaking, he must have been assured by the performance of these pioneers. ….At year’s end, some of the French professors who had refused to admit them to their lectures came to the Study Center Director asking, ‘May we have some of the California students next year?' "
UCEAP participants can choose from year-long, semester and quarter immersion programs as well as summer programs and focus programs taught in English. Over the last decade, student interest in summer programs has swelled. They're now by far the most popular of all the programs UCEAP offers.
UCEAP now operates in 36 countries with more than 100 partner institutions, giving students affordable access to some of the world’s finest universities.
The most popular destinations for studying abroad are in Western Europe (2,685 students in 2010-2011), followed by East Asia (1,006) and Central and South America/Latin America (450). The most popular country for UCEAP study is England (801 of the 4,808 students in 2010-2011), followed by Italy (482), Spain (461), France (413) and Korea (312).
As well as offering UC students the opportunity to study abroad, UCEAP's reciprocal exchange program enables students from partner institutions around the world to study at UC campuses.
In total, about 23,000 international students have participated in UCEAP reciprocity programs. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 1,731 reciprocity students attended UC campuses. UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley, which send the most students abroad through UCEAP, also host the highest numbers of reciprocity students.