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November 13, 2012 9:30 a.m.

Study Abroad Center celebrates anniversary with movie screening ยป

In recognition of the University of California Education Abroad Program's 50th anniversary, UCI's Study Abroad Center is hosting a screening of "Midnight in Paris" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Student Center's Crystal Cove Auditorium. Online registration is required for the movie, which is free for UCI students with ID and $5 for others. A dessert reception will follow the film. In the fall of 1962, 80 UC students traveled to Bordeaux, France, to study for a year. When UCI opened in 1965, Anteaters began joining their UC brethren abroad, exploring such diverse locations as Hong Kong, Kenya, Lebanon and Mexico, as well as England, France and Spain. Today, 17 percent of UCI undergraduates participate in the study abroad program, and the goal is to increase that number to 50 percent by 2016, according to Marcella Khelif, associate director of UCI's Study Abroad Center. The U.S. Senate declared 2006 the Year of Study Abroad, underscoring the importance of American university students becoming globally literate by deepening their knowledge of the world and increasing their cultural understanding. Woody Allen's 2011 Academy Award-winning film, "Midnight in Paris," focuses on an engaged young couple whose experiences traveling together in Paris make them question the kind of life they want to live. The comedy explores the journey of finding oneself in a foreign context.

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