Matthew Dea

UC Davis Study Abroad Student Staff Photo, Matthew Dea

Position Title
Administrative Assistant

Study Abroad

1120 International Center
UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616

Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Dea and I am a fourth year Biotechnology student.

Travel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, as I moved around the world every few years. Botswana was the first country my family moved to. I have very vivid memories of stepping off that tiny propeller plane in Gaborone, taking in the surrounding environment, and realizing that this is just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

Since then I also had the pleasure of calling South Africa, and then Uganda, home. I went to middle school, graduated high school, and made all my best friends in Uganda, so this is a country I hold close to my heart.

Coming to Davis, I could not let my wanderlust die down, so I began to to explore study abroad options in my freshman year. I received a scholarship to continue studying Chinese in Wuxi, China, during the summer of 2016. This was a spectacular experience and opened my eyes to the continent of Asia!

In Fall quarter of my senior year, I participated in UCEAP’s University of Cape Town program for an entire semester. It was so excited to return to Africa - this time as a university student - and study at Africa’s best university.

I’m always eager to share my experiences living and studying abroad, so I hope to see you in the UC Davis Study Abroad Center looking for a life changing experience!