UC Davis Study Abroad, Student Staff Photo, Yumi Temple

Yumi Temple

Administrative Assistant


こんにちわ and Hej!

My name is Yumi Temple and I'm a fourth year studying International Relations with a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations, and I spent my Junior year studying in Japan and Denmark on UCEAP (Meiji Gakuin Global and International Studies for fall semester; University of Copenhagen for spring semester).

Despite being somewhat familiar with Japan due to my Japanese heritage, I knew I wanted to improve my Japanese and find out for myself what it's like to live there. I learned about complex aspects of Japanese society including gender issues, social inequality, Buddhist culture, and the rich history of Yokohama: a city I'd been told was "just industrial with nothing to see." Learning everything I did while in Japan really put the culture into a more modern and relevant perspective, and gave me a deeper understanding of my roots and history.

I decided to do my second semester in Denmark because 1) I knew nothing about the country and wanted to push myself to try something completely different, and 2) I saw that previous students had found great internships on the program. I found one as well and ended up doing event and volunteer management for the Danish office of ActionAid, an international NGO headquartered in Johannesburg. I took classes in political philosophy and African politics, and studied the hardest I ever have in my life. I didn't know that I had it in me to study so hard and intern at the same time, and I'm glad I pushed myself to take on this semester.

On both semesters I got to experience cultures in ways I hadn't before, travel, learn, and meet some truly amazing people. I can't wait to answer all your questions, help you find your perfect program, and help you pull off one of the most fulfilling periods of your college experience.