Aliki Dragona, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Academic Programs
Zachary Frieders, Executive Director
Through the Global Learning Hub, each and every UC Davis student can find global learning opportunities available on campus, in the region, and across all seven continents. The hub’s network of local and global academic, experiential, and leadership programs helps develop capacity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to engage with global issues and make a difference in the world as the next generation of global problem solvers.
The Global Learning Hub is home to UC Davis Study Abroad (UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Internships Abroad, UC Davis Seminars Abroad, UC Davis Exchanges), Global Experiential Learning, the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and opportunities for Global Living and Leading, as well as the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP).
The Global Learning Hub helps students navigate global learning options, explore different learning types (such as study abroad/away, internships, research, on-campus, etc.), locations (abroad, in the US, or locally) program duration, fit with academic schedule and requirements, and resources to fund those experiences, including financial aid workshops. The Global Learning Hub also administers the Global and International Studies (GIS) minor.
Global Learning Hub: Study Abroad
UC Davis Study Abroad integrates global opportunities into the academic experience, supporting 1,300 students each year in studying across 30 countries, exploring the world, and gaining valuable skills and competencies. In the quest for Global Education for All, Study Abroad goes beyond traditional programs to meet the academic, personal and professional needs of UC Davis’ diverse and driven student body.
Financial aid and scholarships apply. Applicants must have a 2.000 GPA, be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and must fulfill any prerequisites specific to the program courses.
Global Learning Hub: Experiential Learning
Through global experiential learning, students engage in practical, hands-on opportunities that broadens their understanding of major world challenges, apply their knowledge across discipline and local/global cultural borders, and prepare for careers that have global impact. The Global Learning Hub offers programs and advising for global research and internships, community-engaged and project-oriented learning, leadership programs, and opportunities to continue global engagement after graduation.
Global Learning Hub: Living & Leading
By tapping the rich intercultural knowledge and lived experiences across our university and region, global living and learning programs foster understanding and relationships among communities of diverse backgrounds. Powerful learning occurs in informal co- and extra-curricular spaces such as residential learning programs, intercultural workshops and professional training, and engagement with student-led initiatives on- and off-campus.
To make the most of their global learning experiences within the Global Learning Hub programs, students are urged to take Education Abroad Program (EAP) 090X or 190X.
Types of Programs Abroad
UC Davis Quarter Abroad
Academic Focus. Students can earn 12-28 UC Davis quarter units through 3-6 courses taught abroad or away. Academic focus varies by program and may include subject area courses, language learning, lab work, internship/field work, and/or practical training experience. Programs range in length from 10 to 16 weeks. UC Davis faculty leaders teach one or more of the courses of the program, while other courses may be taught or co-taught by adjunct faculty of the host country, under supervision by UC Davis faculty. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, language, or general education requirements.
UC Davis Summer Abroad
Academic Focus. Students earn 8 UC Davis quarter units through two courses taught abroad or away. All courses are taught by UC Davis faculty, sometimes with select supplemental lectures provided by local experts, or by local faculty in Partnership programs. Planned group activities and field trips enhance classroom instruction. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, or general education requirements. Programs allow students to complete coursework in English in a wide variety of non-English-speaking locations.
UC Davis Internships Abroad
Academic Focus. Students earn 6 or more UC Davis units for internship hours and supplemental instruction. Internship programs are structured around thematic areas of study such as Global Health, Engineering, Business and Communication, and many others. Placements are a collaboration between international organizations, the Global Learning Hub, and the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to ensure the internships meet requirements for credit and relevance to the subject area. In addition to internship hours worked, students will take an online course taught by UC Davis faculty that places their internship in a broader social and cultural context. Planned group activities and field trips enhance the formal internship work. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, or general education requirements. Most placements are in English-speaking environments; some programs require language proficiency.
UC Davis Seminars Abroad
Academic Focus. Students earn 2-6 UC Davis quarter units through one or more courses taught abroad or away. These short courses are taught by UC Davis faculty and may be offered as stand-alone programs or as an international component to a course taught during a regular term on campus. A heavy focus on field trips, onsite projects and group activities enhance classroom instruction. Students may be able to apply earned units toward their major, minor, or general education requirements. Programs are typically offered in September, June, or during the winter break.
UC Davis Exchanges
Academic Focus. UC Davis Exchanges are department-based undergraduate exchanges that leverage new or pre-existing working/research relationships among faculty to promote student mobility between institutions. UC Davis faculty and departments identify courses at the partner institution that are taught in English and can be converted into course equivalents at UC Davis. Students enroll in at least 12-15 units of advisor-approved course equivalents for each quarter they are on UC Davis Exchanges. Exchanges may be for 1, 2, or 3 academic quarters and are built around a specific thematic academic program.
UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D., Faculty Director
Global Learning Hub
International Center, Suite 1120; 530-752-5763; Fax 530-752-4151; http://globallearning.ucdavis.edu
The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is one of the premiere study abroad programs in the nation. UCEAP offers international study programs in association with nearly 140 host universities and institutions in some 32 countries around the world. Participating students remain registered at UC while studying abroad and receive full academic credit for their work. UCEAP students maintain their financial aid and scholarship eligibility while abroad. UCEAP has study abroad opportunities for undergraduates at all class levels as well as for qualified graduate students who have completed at least one full year of graduate work and have the support of their graduate program and graduate dean.
UCEAP offers year, semester, quarter, and summer programs for all majors. Over 50% of the programs are offered in English, while several programs allow students to learn a language while experiencing the culture first hand. Some programs include the possibility of internships or field research. In most cases, students attend courses taught by the faculty of the host institution.
UC faculty members serve as directors at most Study Centers abroad, providing in-country academic advising to students during their program. Full UC credit is granted for courses satisfactorily completed, and courses and grades are recorded on official UC transcripts. With careful planning, most UCEAP students make normal progress toward their UC degrees, even those students who study abroad for a full year. With approval of their major or college advisors, students may earn credit towards their major, minor and general education requirements.
Graduation Requirements. UCEAP prospective applicants, particularly students who intend to study abroad during their senior year, should carefully plan their course programs for Davis and abroad in order to satisfy university, college, and major/minor requirements for their degree.
Although units and grade points earned while studying abroad through UCEAP are incorporated into the University transcript and GPA, departments and majors retain the right to determine which UCEAP courses will be accepted in satisfaction of major and minor requirements.
All degree candidates must meet the University residence requirement. Recognizing the special value of study abroad, the faculty have approved two exceptions to the usual residence requirement for students participating in the Education Abroad Program:
- Students planning to graduate immediately upon completion of their UCEAP program may satisfy the University residence requirement by completing at least 35 of their final 45 units on the Davis campus preceding entry into the EAP,
- Students should consult with their college Dean's office early during the UCEAP planning process for information on the university residence requirement.
Students may satisfy GE requirements while on UCEAP, but should consult with the Global Learning Hub and their college Dean's office prior to departure for information on the certification process. Students may participate in UCEAP provided that (1) they will not exceed 225 units prior to their departure and (2) that all their degree requirements have been fulfilled either before they leave campus or during their time on UCEAP study abroad program.
Participants may only return to campus from UCEAP to complete any outstanding degree requirements provided that they can do so within 225 units. Participants in programs that conclude in May or June who satisfy all degree requirements while abroad and expect to graduate upon completion of the year abroad should file for candidacy to receive their degree in September; candidacy filing dates are established by the Office of the University Registrar. In most cases, transcripts from abroad may not be received in time to be posted on the student's Davis transcript for UCEAP returnees to be included on the June degree list. Such returning students may register to participate in the June commencement ceremony; however, their graduation date will be in September. Participants in programs that conclude in November or December should file for candidacy to receive their degree in March. Such returning students may be able register to participate in either the December or subsequent June commencement ceremony. Their graduation date will be in March.