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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.

Global Learning Opportunities Week, 2020, On Demand


GLOW 2020 Updates

UC Merced Study Abroad continues to update the Global Learning Opportunities Week page with new events and links to register or join individual events.

Book Your Ticket!

Global Learning Opportunities Week, or GLOW, is October 26 – 30

A collaborative week showcasing the myriad global learning opportunities available to UC Merced students will include a variety of sessions to help you understand the necessity of global learning, unique opportunities, scholarships and financial access, the UC Education Abroad Program, and select UC Summer Abroad and International Opportunities Program options.

UC Merced Study Abroad has curated a menu of global learning opportunities for Bobcats throughout the week. We continue to add individual events and details to join; check back frequently!

GLOW Schedule & On-Demand Materials

Each day of Global Learning Opportunities Week will be thematic, from the identity, skills and leadership focus of Day 1 to the focus on study abroad programs on Days 4 & 5. Sessions listed below are listed in the order of the theme and date with which they most closely correspond, but students are welcome to view these pieces at any point.

How to Apply for a U.S. Passport

Applying for a passport can be easy - watch this short clip to learn how!

Monday, October 26

Identity, Skills, Leadership

The focus of GLOW Day 1 will be on understanding global learning and how it impacts student identity, skills-building and career development, and leadership development.

How Global Experiences Foster Career Readiness

Have you thought about studying abroad or away? Want to know why global learning experiences can be a valuable part of your career development?

If so, watch this video to learn how global experiences help foster career readiness! In it, you will discover the professional benefits of global experiences, the top qualities employers are looking for, top skills gained from global learning, and much more!

Being Black Abroad

Do you identify as an ABC student (African/African-American/Afro Latinx/Black/Caribbean)? Want to know more about the ABC student experience abroad?

If so, please tune in to the Being Black Abroad information session. During the video, we will explore what it's like to experience Blackness in different cultural contexts through the lived experiences of ABC study abroad alumni who studied in Barbados, Spain, and France. Important issues like shifting identities and privilege abroad, discrimination abroad, and being abroad during the onset of COVID-19 will be discussed so come ready to learn!

Study Abroad Student Panel Bios:

- Alexis Jolivette studied in Paris, France, for Winter quarter 2020 in the UCEAP Social Justice and Activism program.

This was my first time leaving the U.S. so I was a bit nervous, but as a first-generation student I was excited to expand my education and grow as an individual overseas. One aspect I enjoyed most was navigating daily life in a foreign country, which sparked an interest in traveling to new places more in the future. I hope sharing my experience will encourage peers to pursue an international education as well.""""

- Ayodele Abdul-Hadi is an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in global environmental justice who studied abroad during Winter 2020 in the UCEAP Exploring Andalucia program.

Ultimately my experience studying abroad taught me to be more confident. I also really learned to appreciate the friendships I made with the other students from the program. Friendships were especially important when the COVID-19 pandemic developed as we really supported each other in getting through that whole experience. I would 100% suggest studying abroad to anyone thinking about it. Even though I was nervous to stay in a country where not that many people shared my same identities, I didn’t let that hold me back. I really believe that with the right resources and support, study abroad can be a truly life-changing experience.

- Chelsey Boykin studied Intensive Psychology and participated in the UCEAP University of West Indies program in Barbados during Spring 2019.

My experience studying away truly taught me how to be more open-minded and welcoming to things I might not initially understand. I learned a lot by hearing Caribbean students share their lived experiences. I was able to see that some things are not made for an outsider to understand and that this is okay. Being abroad has taught me that I can do anything I want to do. If I can move to another country and immerse myself in a new culture, the possibilities are endless. I am no longer scared of change and feeling out of place.

- Tolu Familoni studied Robotics Engineering and participated in the UCEAP Social Justice and Activism program during Winter 2020.

Studying abroad as a Black woman was definitely an interesting experience and I think it's because of the fact that I didn't see or hear of many Black people studying abroad that I felt like it just wasn't something accommodating or accepting of me. And I really had to get over most of these thoughts so that when I got there I could make the most of the experience and not stand in my own way because of my insecurities and also make sure I was forging a path for other people of color and other Black people.

Study Abroad and Social Identities

Within the context of dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, fostering spaces of inclusion and belonging has never been more important - both at home and abroad.

Experiences abroad can be different; some aspects of your identity can shape your experience and contribute to your interactions and perceptions of the culture, language, politics, society. In this session, we’ll share real stories and strategies for all students to promote safe and supportive environments abroad.

Understanding the Experiences of Students with Disabilities and Different Abilities Abroad

Hear from travelers with disabilities who have studied and volunteered abroad about their interactions and experiences in getting around.

This video series is provided by Mobility International USA. Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led non-profit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, USA advancing disability rights and leadership globally. By implementing innovative programs, MIUSA builds bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities. See more:

Study Abroad Directors' PSA: Study Abroad in the Time of COVID-19

UC study abroad directors share a message of support and a few words about where we’ve been, where we are currently, and where we think we’re going in this time of COVID-19.

UC Merced Study Abroad and the Office of International Affairs support you in your plans to study abroad to fulfill your academic, personal, and career goals.

Tuesday, October 27

Internships, Research, Service

The focus of GLOW Day 2 will be on exploring global internship, research, and community engagement opportunities through popular programs and UC-designed opportunities.

UCDC: UC Washington Center Tour

Take a tour of the student apartments and facilities within the University of California Washington Center. The center is a multi-campus residential, instructional, and research center that provides students and faculty from the University of California with opportunities to study, research, work, and live within Washington's rich cultural, political, and international heritage.


Wednesday, October 28

Study Abroad, Academics, Finances

GLOW Day 3 will shift toward exploring specifically traditional study abroad opportunities and support for those opportunities, from financial aid and scholarships to academic concerns.

How to Find and Apply to Scholarships for Study Abroad

Overview of study abroad scholarship options and how to submit a strong application

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population.

FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Watch this video to learn more about the FEA scholarship and how to apply.

Thursday, October 29

UC Education Abroad Program

GLOW Day 4 spotlights the UC Education Abroad Program, UC’s systemwide study abroad program and the primary program UC Merced students will use to go abroad for academic credit with maximal financial aid eligibility. UCEAP will host the UCEAP Study Abroad Fair all day with its own registration and sessions.

Australia: Univ. of Melbourne

Create your own Melbourne.

Australia: Univ. of Sydney

Start Your Journey at the Univeristy of Sydney.

Australia: Univ. of Tasmania

The Exchange - Inbound

Brazil: Study Abroad in Brazil

UCEAP Brazil returnee gives a testimonial from his experience at the Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro and some advice for future students.

Cyprus: Univ. of Nicosia

Study in the Mediterranean Country of Cyprus.

Denmark: Aarhus Univ.

Discover Aarhus University

Dominican Rep: Community Public Health

This is a rare opportunity to acquire practical skills as a bilingual health professional through 6 weeks of courses in semi-urban Santiago, a weeklong clinical rotation in a rural area and another rotation in urban Santo Domingo. Learn medical terminology in Spanish and how to interact with patients and medical staff in clinical settings.

Germany: Free Univ. Berlin, FU-BEST

Welcome to FU-BEST.

Germany: Free Univ. Berlin, International School

A Short Introduction to the Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) Program

Ireland: Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin Study Abroad Introduction.

Ireland: Univ. College Dublin

UCD 2020: A Welcome awaits you in Ireland, Dublin and UCD.

Israel: Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Technion, UCEAP study abroad partner: Being Technion means being a part of the engine that drives Israel's entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.

Israel: The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School

Student Testimonial.

Italy: Bocconi Univ.

Bocconi Exchange: jump-start your future in Milan!

Italy: Univ. of Padova

UNIPD going global.

Italy + Spain: Mediterranean Politics Food & Culture

Watch this 5-minute promotional video for UCEAP’s Mediterranean Politics, Food, and Culture program.

Japan: Tohoku Univ., Science & Engineering

An Introduction to Tohoku University.

Korea: Yonsei Univ.

Four Seasons at UCEAP’s partner, Yonsei Univ.

Netherlands: Maastricht Univ., Business & Economics

Maastricht University - School of Business and Economics exchange - Pitch video.

Spain: Univ. of Barcelona

The Faculty of Philology and Communication presents the studies and spaces on campus. Located in the center of Barcelona, ​​the faculty offers students the possibility of training in a wide variety of degrees in unique surroundings and facilities with UCEAP exchange coordinator.

United Kingdom: Univ. of East Anglia

University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

United Kingdom: Univ. of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury Campus.

United Kingdom: Univ. of Manchester

The University of Manchester - in our own words.

United Kingdom: Univ. of Sussex

Find Your Space at University of Sussex


Friday, October 30

International Opportunities Programs and UC Summer Abroad

The focus of GLOW Day 5 will highlight study abroad opportunities through sister UC campuses in what UC Merced labels “UC Summer Abroad” and independent study abroad programs that UC Merced aggregates under the “International Opportunities Program.”

Academic Programs International (UC Merced Affiliate)

Say Hello to API Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad (UC Merced Affiliate)

3 Tips for a Successful Semester Abroad

CAPA: The Global Education Network

CAPA's Programs for 2021

CEA Study Abroad (UC Merced Affiliate)

Dream • Discover • Plan • Go with CEA

CIS Abroad

"Why I Chose to Study Abroad," in the words of CIS Abroad students

IES Abroad (UC Merced Affiliate)

Who We Are

IFSA Study Abroad (UC Merced Affiliate)


International Studies Abroad (UC Merced Affiliate)

Study Abroad with ISA!

Semester at Sea (UC Merced Affiliate)

Semester At Sea 1-minute Intro

Wildland Studies

Wildlands Studies will be a Life Changing Experience

Berkeley Summer Abroad Programs

Are you interested in studying abroad with Berkeley Professors while taking a UC Berkeley class and earning Berkeley credits?

UC Berkeley Summer Abroad courses are open to students from all UC campuses and financial aid applies! This session will explore our Summer 2021 programs and beyond!

If you'd like to chat with our Summer Abroad Program Coordinator directly, please join our virtual drop-in advising via Zoom on Friday, October 30th, from 1-3pm here:

UCLA Travel Study Programs

Travel Study programs combine the excitement of study abroad with the academic rigor of classes taught by UCLA faculty.

Study on location around the world for three to six weeks on a summer program led by UCLA professors. These programs are highly structured and include excursions, making the city into your classroom. You will earn UCLA credit, faciliting degree progress. Students from other UC campuses and outside universities are welcome!

UC San Diego Global Seminars 2021

UC San Diego Global Seminars are high-impact programs designed to give students a deeper understanding of the course content through experiential learning.

These five-week long summer study abroad or study away experiences are led by a UCSD professor and are open to undergraduates from any campus. Students enroll in a package of two courses for a total of eight UCSD quarter units. Class sizes are intentionally kept small to create opportunities for one-on-one interaction with some of the best faculty at UCSD, and each program contains site visits that give students a deeper understanding of the course content. This year we are offering new domestic, hybrid, and virtual options for the first time to make sure that these educational opportunities remain accessible despite potential restrictions on international travel. To learn more, watch our video, find out about specific programs and our rolling application process on the Global Seminars website, or Zoom into our drop-in advising hours to meet us on Friday.

UC Santa Cruz Global Seminars in Summer 2022

A short video highlight summer 2022 Global Seminars through UC Santa Cruz.