Study abroad is one of the richest educational experiences a student can have. When students return from study abroad in places like Italy or Hong Kong, they describe their time abroad as an experience that changed their lives. Students study abroad to pursue their academic interests in a global context, to learn a language, to gain practical field work or lab experience, to engage in an international internship, and to add distinction to an application for graduate or professional school.
UC Davis Study Abroad advisers can help students decide which program is best for them, whether to study abroad for a summer, quarter, semester or a full year and when to go abroad (freshman through senior years). UC Davis Study Abroad also provides freshman seminars, advising sessions for new and transfer students, information sessions for particular majors, countries or regions, and financial aid workshops to assist with funding study abroad programs. Staff also advise on programs that have internship opportunities. UC Davis Study Abroad also administers the Global and International Studies (GIS) minor, which is sponsored by the Humanities Program in the College of Letters and Science.
UC Davis Study Abroad is home to UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Internships Abroad, UC Davis Seminars Abroad and the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). UC Davis Study Abroad also provides advising for students interested in non-UC "independent" programs and administers the non-UC study abroad leave program, and provides student services for international UCEAP Reciprocal Exchange students.
The Grove, Room 1350 (Surge III)
The UC Davis First-Year Seminar Program gives first-year students the opportunity to study with faculty members in small groups, meeting in settings more informal than the ordinary classroom. The seminars focus on a current intellectual interest of the faculty member. All seminars emphasize student participation, providing intense intellectual exchange among students and between student and teacher.
The UC Davis CalTeach Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (MAST) provides students with opportunities to explore careers in mathematics and science education. Part of the statewide University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative designed to address the critical need for quality science and mathematics teachers, MAST offers seminars on effective teaching practices, active internships in K-12 and UC Davis classrooms, and academic advising.
The Student Farm offers students diverse hands-on learning and research opportunities in sustainable agriculture through internships, formal courses (e.g., in organic crop production, sustainable agriculture, environmental education) and research projects. Students grow and sell organic vegetables in the Market Garden, develop diverse horticultural skills in the Ecological Garden, operate and maintain tractors and equipment, make compost, and provide hands-on farm tours for school children. Students may also create specialized projects in related areas. The Student Farm is a part of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and is located on the west edge of the campus core, near the Rec Pool. The Student Farm is open to all students, regardless of major or background.
2300 Student Community Center
The Undergraduate Research Center serves as central hub to encourage and facilitate faculty-sponsored undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity by UC Davis undergraduates. These experiences serve as a vehicle to help students understand what it means to attend a premier research university, enhance the quality of students' interactions with faculty, and learn first-hand that knowledge is not just learned, but discovered. Programs and services are available to students in all majors and all class levels, and include advising, coaching, referrals to sponsored research programs and faculty research projects; educational seminars and workshops related to the student researcher's professional development and training; and funding and awards for student researchers.
Campus Program Office. The Grove (Surge III), Room 1350, 530-752-6652; http://washingtonprogram.ucdavis.edu
Residential Program Location. 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The University of California hosts a system-wide academic and residential program for undergraduate students attending from each of the UC campuses. Housed within the UC Washington Center (UCDC), an 11-story, state of the art facility, convenient to public transportation, and located in downtown D.C., the programs provide undergraduates an opportunity to enrich their education while in residence for one quarter in the nation's capital. The program's principal activities include enrollment in credit-bearing courses, participation in academic internships, and opportunity to explore the many educational, cultural and historical activities in the Washington area.
UCDC is open to undergraduates from all majors who will have upper-division standing by the start of the quarter in which they plan to participate. A GPA of at least 3.000 is recommended for admission although not required. Applicants are also evaluated based on overall relevant experience, a written statement, and letters of recommendation.
The program offers both an 11 week academic year component, where students earn academic credit and continue to be registered as full-time UC Davis students during the quarter in which they participate; and a 10-week summer component with a credit or non-credit option. The academic component includes an internship that requires students to work three to four days per week as interns in think-tanks, museums, Congress, federal agencies, interest groups, trade associations, research institutions, media corporations, or in other organizations related to the interests and objectives of individual students; a research seminar; and an optional upper division course. Courses are taught by UCDC faculty appointed by the various UC campuses, or visiting faculty from the Washington area.
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