July 26 will mark the last new student orientation and the forecast is for a very warm welcome. The average high temperature in Merced in July? 96°. If you find it too hot in Merced, consider study abroad as an alternative. With the top 10 coolest cities.
Start off 2016-17 with a study abroad experience! There is need to worry about arranging flights, getting too far outside your comfort zone, or having to say goodbye to everyone or everything you love in California.
Like any statement of purpose for study abroad, a central focus should be on your academic motives. As international education professionals, we who evaluate statements of purpose need to see some intentionality in how you chose your study abroad program and how it fits with your academic and career goals.
A recent UC Merced and UC Education Abroad Program returnee and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar had this to say about writing the statement of purpose essay requirement for prospective Gilman applicants…