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Monday, January 22, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Internships Abroad New Zealand, "Business and Communication" - Info Session

Business and Communication Internships in New Zealand provide a comprehensive academic, professional and cultural experience in a land of adventure and natural beauty. Participants have the opportunity to gain marketable skills while learning about professional life in an international context. Opportunities are available in a range of business-related fields, including Marketing, Communication, Web Design, Event Management, Hospitality and Tourism, and more. A list of sample internships.

Students will spend approximately 32 hours per week at their internship and another 8 hours per week for the online course facilitated by a UC Davis instructor. Other program components include excursions and an extensive on-site orientation to help student integrate into the city, their cohort and their internship.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Switzerland, "The Politics of Global Inequality" - Info Session

The long-standing division of the global system into richer and poorer regions poses many important problems in international political economy. The Politics of Global Inequality presents a theoretical background to North-South issues and analyzes current problems in economic and political relations. After defining inequality, we will examine the sources of inequality emanating from the international system as well as from domestic political systems. We will also examine specific problems poor countries face, such as agricultural reform, population growth, levels of international trade, and foreign direct investment. The program integrates these issues with an exploration of the role that intergovernmental agencies play in facilitating development. We will visit organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), which are headquartered in Geneva and provide many of the prescriptions for development.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 | 4 – 5pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad USA, "Iconic American Landmarks in NYC and DC" - Info Session

From the dramatic monuments on the National Mall to the famous skyline of the city that never sleeps, Washington D.C. and New York City present visitors with a visual narrative of the nation as a whole. This program offers you the opportunity to learn about visual communication while exploring the iconic landmarks for which these cities are known, including the White House, the Statue of Liberty, Arlington Cemetery, and Central Park. During classroom meetings, we will consider how these cities and their iconic landmarks contribute to our abstract understanding of what the U.S. is as a nation. Visiting the free museums in D.C., exploring New York’s historic neighborhoods, and enjoying the international culinary treats available in both cities are among the many options students will have during free time.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 | 4 – 5pmInternational Center

Chinese traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush with black ink. The depth is expressed by dark and light tones. You will learn such techniques as brush control, and the delicate balance of ink and water. You will learn how to paint bamboo, orchid, panda, insects, landscape, etc.

This is a series of classes, with each class building upon the previous week's lesson. Your registration is for the entire series that runs every Monday, Jan.15-March 12.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Quarter Abroad Italy, "Italian Language & Culture in Florence" - Info Session

This 16-week program takes place in the beautiful city of Florence, where you will take accelerated Italian language, film, and culture courses, and explore electives such as art history, food studies, fashion marketing, and more. Many of your courses will be taught outside—taking advantage of the beautiful setting of Florence and surrounding areas in Tuscany. Quarter Abroad partners with CEA, an organization well-known for its high quality study abroad programs, in-country coordination of housing and language instruction. In addition, all program participants have the opportunity to integrate into the Florentine community and practice their language skills through unique internship and volunteering experiences in various settings. You can read about the award-winning internship program in the following Dateline article here.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 2 – 3pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad UK, "At the Crossroads of Gender and Communication" - Info Session

Gender and communication thrive at a dynamic crossroads. The program introduces students to the relationship between gender and communication in a locale—London—with a deep history and culture that is intellectually and experientially stimulating. Students will learn concepts related to gender and communication, immerse themselves in their surroundings by having experiences directly related to class material, and compare and contrast the U.S. and U.K. Example topics include gender roles in society; language differences; stereotypes; friendships and romantic relationships; leadership; glass ceiling; texting, Facebook, and computer-mediated communication; and gendered representations in the media. Students will visit the British Museum, National Gallery, Hampton Court, and Science Museum (most with tailored tours) and see how gender is portrayed in a movie and a play.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 4 – 5pmInternational Center
Study Abroad for Student Athletes

How does Study Abroad work for a student-athlete who is in-season or training most of the year? What options exist for short-term programs? How does an athletic scholarship work for a student on a study abroad program? This session will focus on Study Abroad programs and resources to assist student-athletes in building an international experience into their time at UC Davis. Co-presented with Jennie Moylan, Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor, and Michelle Roppeau, Director of Academic Services.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 4 – 5pmInternational Center

Calligraphy, a 5,000-year-old art form, is a cultural symbol of China and an embodiment of Chinese philosophy. In this class, you will learn basic calligraphy techniques, write simple Chinese characters in standard script with brush, practice patience and find moments of tranquility.

This is a series of classes, with each class building upon the previous week's lesson. Your registration is for the entire series that runs every Tuesday, Jan.16 -Mar. 13.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 11am – 12pmInternational Center
Study Abroad Award Writing Workshop

UC Davis Study Abroad is pleased to announce Study Abroad Awards ranging from $500-$1,000 for participants in UC Davis Seminars Abroad programs. The workshop, led by UWP Professor and Study Abroad Faculty Director Aliki Dragona, is geared to help you understand the Study Abroad Award application and the application process. Give yourself a leg up and come learn how to create an outstanding application that will help fund your study abroad experience.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Argentina, "Buenos Aires - Music, Film and Culture in the Global City" - Info Session

In this program, we will study how Buenos Aires has been imagined and represented by contemporary writers, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and photographers. Moving freely in and out of the classroom setting, we will encounter firsthand the city's many cultural offerings: eclectic architecture, film and music festivals, theaters, and world famous street art. The close study of the city's vibrant and cosmopolitan culture will allow for a deeper understanding of Argentina's complex history and its relationship to other Latin American countries.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad France, "Americans in Paris" - Info Session

Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “[A] walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” Exploring the city that mesmerized both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, who were the first Americans in Paris, we will examine why writers, from Jefferson to James Baldwin, wrote about Paris; why jazz musicians Sidney Bêchet and Cole Porter composed music in Paris; why Josephine Baker danced in Paris and became—along with Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel—a fashion icon; and why filmmakers such as Sophia Coppola and Woody Allen have featured Paris in their films. We will learn to read the city and report on its culture from the vantage point of young 21st-century Americans in Paris, and ask whether, still, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “[the] best of America drifts to Paris,” and “The American in Paris is the best American.”

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 1 – 2pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Iceland, "Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice" - Info Session

Because Iceland’s electrical grid is entirely powered by geothermal and hydroelectric resources, Iceland is a unique setting to learn about renewable power and thermodynamic science. Iceland also has abundant natural wonders as it sits upon an area where the tectonic plates are dividing and the land is being shaped by volcanic and glacial activity. We will stay in the outskirts of Reykjavik and will take field trips to nearby powerplants and manufacturing facilities. We will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir where deep fissures between the North American and European Plates are visible at the surface. At various destinations we will see puffins and other exotic birds, waterfalls, and geothermal fields. We will cross the Arctic Circle where we will have a chance to experience the midnight sun (weather permitting). We also plan to visit the glaciers at Vatnajökull National Park, the ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón, and the lava flows at the Westmann Islands. Come experience an unforgettable summer on top of the world.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 5 – 6pmInternational Center
Internships Abroad Costa Rica, "Ag Science & Sustainability" - Info Session

Experience what it means to be an agricultural expert in Costa Rica. In this course, you will spend time with Costa Rican university faculty members and technicians. You will learn from local agriculturalists and discover what sustainability means while living in one of the world’s leading countries for sustainable development. You’ll explore agribusiness and environmental issues in research farms and laboratories. You will also have the opportunity to improve your Spanish and learn about Costa Rica’s unique, rich culture and history. Students will end the course having gained a deep understanding of Costa Rica’s role in global agribusiness, enhanced communication and problem-solving skills and the confidence to embrace cultural differences. Beginner Spanish proficiency recommended.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Ecuador, "Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador" - Info Session

This program examines the historical development and current situation of the rural indigenous communities of the Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador with special attention to issues of environmental and social justice, and human rights. Through lectures, seminar discussions and fieldwork, the program underscores the impact that economic and political factors have on the process of indigenous communities’ cultural adaptation and their basic human rights. The program emphasizes three indigenous people and regions of Ecuador that are threatened by mineral and oil extraction: the Northwestern cloud forest of Mindo and Intag Valley; the Andean Kichwa and Karanki communities of Otavalo and San Clemente; and the Huaorani people of the Shiripuno river in the Yasuní bio-reserve and the Kichwa autonomous territory of Sarayaku on the Bobonaza river. Students will develop individual research/creative projects and will have the opportunity to interact with indigenous Andean and Amazonian people with whom they will exchange and share knowledge, creativity, and intercultural experience.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Europe, "World Cinema and the European Film Festival" - Info Session

Starting on the French Riviera near Cannes, this program examines contemporary cinema by considering how film festivals help in producing and distributing films around the world. The highlight of our time will be the Locarno Film Festival, set in the lovely lake region of southern Switzerland/northern Italy (near Lake Como and Milan). Perched between Cannes (in spring) and Venice (in fall), Locarno is the most important summer festival. Students have a full festival pass and much of our work concerns the films at the festival. The class considers the relationship between national filmmaking and transnational festivals as well as that between Hollywood and independent/smaller productions. We examine a series of contemporary filmmakers who established themselves at film festivals (Wong, Haneke, Dolan et al.).

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad France, "France — Performing Arts Live!" - Info Session

Under the guidance of UC Davis professor and composer Pablo Ortiz, you will attend a variety of live events within the Aix en Provence Performing Arts Festival, including opera, ballet, and concerts. In addition to attending performances and rehearsals, you will learn about the behind-the-scenes work of set design, stage management, and other production elements that contribute to the experience of a live event. In an increasingly digitalized world, this program is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to study and appreciate the creativity and intimacy of live music and dance, while savoring the exquisite food and landscape of the south of France.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 2 – 3pmInternational Center
Study Abroad in France - Info Session

From French Field Study Internships in Paris, Strasbourg or Brussels, to immersion in a French university or introductory French Language and Culture studies, Fashion marketing and Studio Art, come learn about options to study in France while earning credit towards graduation.

Monday, January 29, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Europe, "Celtic Connections—Ireland, France, Spain" - Info Session

This program will introduce students to that Celtic strain—in literature, culture, language, music, and politics—that characterizes three different countries. By visiting and living in all three countries—Ireland, France, Spain—over a four-week period, students will get an opportunity to see, up-close and personal, some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe and to meet some of the most interesting people around: people who love to celebrate their unique Celtic heritage in an assembly of words and music. Students will also get an opportunity to taste the culinary delights that are native to the Celtic regions of Europe...Galettes (Rennes), Pulpo Gallego (Santiago), Coddle (Dublin).

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Monday, January 29, 2018 | 12 – 1pmInternational Center
Summer Abroad Peru, "Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture" - Info Session

Based in Cuzco, Peru, this interdisciplinary program explores the environmental history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complemented by frequent field trips, including trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Housing with a local NGO, immersive cultural experiences, and lectures by leading specialists will shed light on the changing relations between humans and nature in the Andes. How did the Inca harness the Andean environment to rule the greatest empire in the world by 1492? How did the Atlantic exchange of peoples, plants, animals, and disease unleashed by the Spanish conquest alter life in the Andes? What can Andean societies teach us about global climate change today? Optional Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available.

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Monday, January 29, 2018 | 4 – 5pmInternational Center
Engineering Internships Abroad in Sydney and Barcelona (Info Session)

Calling all engineering students! Come to this information session to hear more about exciting engineering internships in Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain for summer 2018! You will have the opportunity to meet the professor and the program coordinator for UC Davis’ partner CIS Abroad.

In both programs, placements are customized according to student’s experiences, career goals, interests and skills, and are available at large and small companies in a variety of areas, including Environmental Science, Urban & Design, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Robotics, Food, Business of Engineering, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their new city, network, develop intercultural skills. In Barcelona, students will also have the opportunity to take an intensive Spanish class.

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