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Summer Public Office Hours: May 20 – August 9

During the summer months, the Office of International Affairs will observe revised hours during with the office will be open to the public:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

These hours do not reflect any changes in availability for drop-ins, appointments, or other business. If you have specific needs, you may reach out or utilize the Connect page. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

How Study Abroad Helped Me After Returning to UC Merced

UC Merced Study Abroad Stories of Interest

By Aubrie Cortez

Excepted from "How Study Abroad Helped Me After Returning to UC Merced"

Where did I study?

I studied abroad in Rome, Italy for one semester in Fall of 2022 and I participated in the Sociology in Rome Program, for which I studied at an Accent Center in Rome. 

"A highlight of my experience was the new cityscape I would come across everyday in Italy. Waking up was a joy because I knew I would discover beautiful new architecture and breathtaking paths to walk on."

My walk to school in Rome

Where I am Now

Working as a Peer Advisor in the Office of International Affairs has allowed me to continue my passion within the field of International Relations/Affairs. I have had the opportunity to network through a variety of outreach events and discuss my future goals with the office staff. Discussing my interests and passions with those who are like-minded has allowed me to get a sense of what I would like to do once I graduate from UC Merced. Studying abroad allowed me to unveil my hidden passions that only the experience could have brought to me. I am fortunate to say that I will be studying abroad once more this Fall, 2024, at the Yonsei University program in Korea. I look forward to the new adventures and opportunities I will partake in this time abroad. 


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