UC Davis Today: Preparing students for global citizenship

Young woman painting two subjects with the Luxeumbourg Gardens in the background

Preparing students for global citizenship

UC Davis Summer and Quarter Abroad programs offer students the opportunity to grow academically, professionally and personally while going on once-in-a-lifetime adventures. 

The university is now offering nine Quarter Abroad programs and more than 40 Summer Abroad programs, including: Philippines—Labor Supplier to the World, Documentary Filmmaking in Ireland and Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy, Chile: 1970-2013, and others in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. The deadline to enroll is Friday, April 5

UC Davis faculty lead the short-term study courses, which are designed around university classes and allow for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are typically small—18-30 students.

The Education Abroad Center provides information on how to choose the best course. Research shows that study abroad is highly beneficial for young people, from helping with career preparation to building self-confidence

In the future, students will have even more opportunities to go overseas, thanks to a recent $1 million gift from Ann E. Pitzer ’58, an alumna and current member of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees. Also, the Education Abroad Center is increasing funds available to $80,000 in Summer Abroad Travel Awards and $40,000 in Quarter Abroad Travel Awards. Education Abroad will also provide more than $1 million in scholarship money. 

Through these efforts and other international programs, UC Davis helps students become better global citizens, providing them a deeper understanding of the growing complexities of our world. 

Kristina Taylor, a psychobiology major and art minor, paints two models in the Luxembourg Gardens during her 2012 Summer Abroad class in France—"Art Studio in Paris and the French Riviera"—taught by art professor Gina Werfel. Kristina, who graduated in December 2012 from UC Davis, is from Murrieta, Calif. Gina Werfel/UC Davis photo

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