Faculty Spotlight

Archana Venkatesan

UC Davis Summer Abroad India Instructor, Spotlight

"My research interests are in the intersections of text, performance and visual culture in medieval south India. So, I get to travel a lot around south India, particularly Tamil Nadu, visiting famous temples and lesser known ones. There is something quite magical about the moments when texts that you’ve read or read about suddenly come alive through song and dance, through sonorous recitation. It’s this world to which I want to introduce students. Most visitors to India enter temples and are impressed by the extraordinary architecture, and are struck by the vivid colors and the sensory stimulation of religious practice. In our course, students will begin to understand how temple spaces functions, the various uses to which they are put, and come away with a deeper appreciation for these monumental structures."

Faculty play a central role in the study abroad process through many different activities both abroad and locally: serving as instructors in leading a Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad or Seminars Abroad program, serving as an EAP Study Center Director, planning and reviewing curriculum, approving EAP course work in your major, and advising students in your department.

If you are already participating in this process, UC Davis Study Abroad would like to extend our thanks. If you wish to get involved, there are many opportunities:

Class Visits

UC Davis Study Abroad has a team of Study Abroad Peer Advisors—having just returned from their overseas experience—who are trained to give short 3-5 presentations on the basics of studying abroad (academics, accommodation options, program types, financial resources, locations, etc.). Please send an email to studyabroad@ucdavis.edu with a day and time and we’ll be there!

Integrate Study Abroad into Your Class Curriculum

Are you talking about an international subject matter in the classes you teach? Remind students that they can get a first-hand glimpse of these topics by choosing to study abroad. Encourage them to visit UC Davis Study Abroad anytime! We also encourage you to volunteer to serve on the Academic Senate’s Committee on International Studies and Exchanges that deals with issues related to international education.

Share Your Own Experiences

Sometimes the idea of leaving UC Davis for a summer, quarter or year seems intimidating to students—many of whom are away from a tight-knit family or community for the first time in their lives. Tell your own story, and make yourself accessible for students to ask questions.

Teach Abroad

Are you interesting in designing and leading your own study abroad program? Submit a proposal to UC Davis Study Abroad.