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Support and Safety

UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff that are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, when you arrive, and throughout the program. While abroad, all UCEAP participants have travel insurance coverage and 24/7 emergency assistance.

On-site support

The London Study Center has been previously housed in different historical buildings across the university district of Bloomsbury in London's West End. Its most recent office (a stone's throw away from the British Museum) was in the 19th-century arcade of Sicilian Avenue. The center has always been located between London's major partner institutions and close to the key sights of central London—Covent Garden, The Strand, Embankment, Whitehall, and Westminster. It offers a space for students to meet with staff confidentially as well as spaces for private study. A printer is available for non-academic documents. 

Talk to study center staff about

  • Housing information and room assignments 
  • Travel recommendations 
  • Academic support 
  • Health and safety 
  • Medical care, including mental health support 
  • Continuation of study in the United Kingdom

Study center activities may include

  • Weekly UC Chats—theme-based presentation and discussion seminars on English culture  
  • Alumni networking events 
  • University presentations on United Kingdom career opportunities and United Kingdom graduate school programs 

Jonathan Hann (he/him)

Program Manager, London Study Center in London, UK-England

Jonathan helps students with academic advising, networking with alumni, and travel.

He says, "Be yourself, British people love Americans."

Jonathan hopes students will travel the rest of the country from London and appreciate the shared history and culture between England and the US. 

Orientations

To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend various in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:

  • What student services are available at your host location
  • Where to find local health care
  • How and when to register for classes
  • What to do and who to contact in an emergency
  • How to travel to and from where you live to classes
  • How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
  • How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet

On-site orientations may include a tour of the campus and other local sites to help you settle in. At orientations, you will also meet other students (local, international, and/or from UC campuses) who will be part of your experience.

Students with dis/Abilities

Students with dis/abilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.

Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.

After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.