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Spain 2004-05 Scholarship Support & Reunion

Reminiscing and raising funds to help future UCEAP participants

In late February, twelve members of the 2004-05 UCEAP Spain program recently came together for a mini reunion in San Francisco to raise $2,000. Their goal? To create a scholarship for a current student studying in Spain. The individual gifts ranged from $50 to $500, proving this group of friends knows about strength in numbers.

Next year? They plan to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their year in Spain by raising $4,000 to fund two scholarships for students in 2015.

The celebration offered the group the opportunity to share stories and memories of their time in Spain over dinner. The group shared personal anecdotes about studying in Spain and how their year abroad changed their career or other aspects of their life. Read more about this particular alumni reunion.

UCEAP is grateful to the members of the 2004-05 Spain group who donated to the Spain Alumni Scholarship Fund. If you and your UCEAP friends are interested in setting up a group scholarship fund, please contact Elizabeth Janis Perl, Alumni Engagement and Development Director at or by phone at 805-893-4233.

For more information about supporting current UCEAP student scholarships, go to
Winner of UC Tokyo Study Center Video Contest - Most Beautiful Video
Jason Yang (Osaka-Frontier Lab, UC Berkeley)
Winner of UC Tokyo Study Center Video Contest - Most Captivating Video
Patrick Jonathan Phanpiriyach (Osaka-JSHIP, UCLA)

Exploring Dutch Culture & the Heart of Europe

From Maastrict, to Delft to Brussels

UCEAP students attending spring semester programs in Maastricht, Netherlands enjoyed some cultural and educational activities as part of the introductory Dutch Culture and Language program.

The students painted their own tiles at the Royal Delft Museum and traveled to nearby Brussels to visit the European Commission. Their program also includes lectures on Dutch history, politics and culture as well as survival Dutch lessons. Geniet van Nederland!

Student Works on Solar-Powered Yacht in Singapore  

Team invited to present at International Symposium

We recently heard from UCI studen,t Eric Kin- Ming Yee, who wrote "Within my recent fall quarter, I studied abroad at National University of Singapore (NUS) to fulfill some of my curriculum requirements and had an opportunity to work on an exciting research project named Frogworks 2 regarding carbon neutral vessels. In a small team collaborating with respected experts from Martin Henz and Joerg Dieter Weigl, including my former roommate from Boston University, we designed and manufactured a truss prototype to uphold solar panels steadily on top of a yacht to further power its electrical engine–the first ever solar powered yacht seen in Singapore!"

This project has been selected as part of The 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS38) in Goyang, Korea. Eric's team has been formally invited to attend the showcase to share their work.Congratulations, Eric! Read more

Backing Blue: Supporting Scotland's Best  

UCEAP Scotland students enjoy Six Nations Rugby tournament

UC students studying in Scotland attended one of the most popular events in the sport of rugby as the Scotland national team took on Italy during the 6 Nations Tournament in late February.

Students studying at the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and University of St. Andrews showed their support at the match with UCEAP Scotland t-shirts that included the words “Alba gu bràth”, the rugby team’s Gaelic slogan meaning “Scotland the brave”, on the back. For many of the students, this was the first rugby game they had ever attended and observing the atmosphere around the city of Edinburgh on match day was an exciting and unforgettable experience!

“It didn't matter that I didn't always know what was going on - the mood was electric and I could really feel the energy of all the Scots supporting their team!” –Trevor Fritz, UCEAP Scotland student

Unfortunately, the boys in blue came in just behind Italy, with a final score of 19-22. UC students still came out absolute winners with plenty of new insights on the sport of rugby and another exciting cultural experience to add to their UCEAP adventure!

University of Bologna Student Explores UCSB 

From the UCSB Current: Gauchos from around the world

Cecilia is from Trieste, a city in northeast Italy. She is a student at the University of Bologna and studied through UCEAP at UCSB for fall 2014. She wanted to come to UCSB to have “a completely different experience, meet new people and be part of a different culture,” she said. “I came here to see how far I can go but also to become a better person. Apart from that, UCSB is a really renowned university all over the world. I think that coming here will add something to my CV and hopefully help me in my future career.”

Cecilia’s favorite part about UCSB is the green, bike-friendly campus. She loves the beach and the athletic facilities. “Being at UCSB is an unforgettable experience,” she said. “There is always something to do.”

Cecilia is looking forward to studying in another language — and to being challenged and rewarded by the academic structure at UCSB, which she said is very different from the structure of her home universities. Cecilia has been going to meetings of the Finance Connection Club and thinks it’s amazing that there are so many clubs on campus to choose from. Her favorite local places to eat? Silvergreens and Blaze Pizza! Read more

Student Interview: Fine Art Gallery Internship in Madrid   

Gaining valuable professional and international experience

Marina Weiner, a senior Art Studio major at UC Davis, spent Fall 2014 at Carlos III University in Madrid. She was able to secure an internship at Ponce + Robles Art Gallery and was interviewed by the UCEAP study center. Click here to read the entire interview. 

What is your favorite thing about the internship?

"To me, the best would be all the people that I've met and see how a gallery works from the inside. I hadn't worked at a gallery in the States before, so to me [it] is amazing to see how to run a gallery daily, interact with lots of creative people and also being able to go to the shows has been a great learning experience."  

What is the greatest lesson you have learned through this UCEAP experience?

"Most of all, how to socialize in a gallery setting, how to approach locals, not only professionally but also socially and of course in Spain! Everybody there is Spanish, so I have known a different side from the city that I wouldn't have experienced if it wasn't for this opportunity."

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