Here at University Programs, our dedicated team of professional and student staff work to support students throughout their program, ensuring they receive the most out of their UC Davis experience. We also strive to build personal relationships with them, creating communities that go beyond borders and last long into the future.
Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds, with each bringing unique experiences and skills to their work, while sharing in common the passion for international student experiences and education. Here’s a little more about each person on our team.
Jacob Hosier, M.A., Academic Director
UC Davis alumnus and Davis resident Jake Hosier has been supporting International Education and International Students at UC Davis for more than 10 years. Growing up in a small town, Jake is passionate about empowering students from every walk of life to rise to their fullest potential. He especially enjoys international students’ aspirational dreams and enterprising work ethic. Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from UC Davis and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina, and has spent extended time in England and Brazil. He is committed to the idea that institutions were made for individuals, not individuals for institutions. Jake is known for his excellence in designing academic courses and student programming that enable individuals to not only be highly successful classroom students, but also to engage with the community and institution of UC Davis, growing in both their personal and professional aspirations. His favorite time of year is graduation time, when he gets to hear students share about how much they have learned about themselves as they’ve been challenged in unexpected ways and learned to thrive in different environments. “Students’ dreams become bigger and more focused during their time studying abroad at UC Davis,” he says with a smile.
Christopher Duncan, Senior Student Adviser
As a graduate of UC Davis, Chris brings an Aggie alumnus perspective and passion for education to our team. He has worked and volunteered in more than 10 countries and incorporates these experiences into his role as an adviser. Chris has been with University Programs since 2010, assisting students with decisions regarding academic coursework, registration, workload and expectations, as well as the broader experience of being a student at UC Davis. Chris thoroughly enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities and takes full advantage of the diverse recreational activities Northern California has to offer. Whether students need academic advising or information about travel and student life, Chris is able to bring a broad and experienced perspective to his work.
Emily Normile, Student Adviser
Emily joined University Programs in 2012 and is the program manager for Summer Start. Originally from Wisconsin, she landed in Northern California after her undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, with long stays in Spain, Australia and Japan. Emily completed her Master of Public Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and has since been dedicated to the field of international education at UC Davis. Emily feels fortunate to be part of UC Davis as it expands its international community. The cross-cultural connections she makes through her work are a highlight of being on the University Programs team. You can usually find Emily on her bike around town or planning her next travel adventure.
Jenna Hinshaw, Student Adviser
Jenna grew up in a small seaside town in southwest England and moved to the United States with her parents when she was 15. She attended high school and completed her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Central Florida. After university, Jenna packed up her belongings and moved to London on a whim. There she began a career in Human Resources and realized how much she enjoyed helping people. Four years and many adventures later she found herself married and missing the sunshine she’d grown accustomed to in the United States. She and her husband moved to Davis in the fall of 2012, and she began working for the Center of International Education at UC Davis Extension in April 2013. Jenna has travelled extensively in Europe and the United States and now enjoys living in Davis. Her favorite things to do include walking in the UC Davis Arboretum and showing visiting family and friends around Northern California. All the nearby attractions never cease to impress them: wine country, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite. “This part of California has it all. Not to mention, beautiful weather!” she says.
Andrew Jones, International Program Representative
Andy Jones grew up in the city of Redlands under the blue, beautiful California sky. As an International Program Representative, Andy enjoys connecting with international students and encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves. He graduated from UC Davis with a dual major in Art History and Italian Literature and Culture. In particular, he enjoyed researching and exploring how individuals develop identity through art, literature and culture. During college, Andy created an award-winning member development program for his fraternity and assisted in founding the first collegiate chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Joining the University Programs team has given him the opportunity to help international students explore American culture and identity. Andy hopes that UC Davis will become a home and place for growth for the international students, just as it did for him.
Stephanie K. Palmer, International Program Representative
A graduate of UC Davis, Stephanie majored in International Relations and German. Stephanie is a “California girl” who grew up in the foothills of the Central Valley. Her first trip abroad without her family was at 17, when she traveled throughout the United Kingdom for a month. After completing high school, Stephanie spent a year in Germany as a Rotary Exchange Student, where she developed a passion for cultural exchange. Since then, she has spent three months in Yellowstone National Park in the service and hospitality industry, and a quarter participating in an internship for the UC Washington Program in Washington, D.C., where she discovered that she enjoyed working with students in a university setting. Now, with the Global Study Program, she handles essential administrative work and aids with course registration. Stephanie enjoys learning new languages, painting and running. Over the past year, she’s taken part in multiple classes at the UC Davis Craft Center, where she learned to make glass beads and use a pottery wheel.
Julian Zapian, International Program Representative
Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Julian’s home was surrounded by pomegranate, grape and orange fields. As an agricultural community, Davis has always felt like home to him. Growing up close to Yosemite National Park, he and his family frequently explored its trails and a number of its scenic views. Julian enjoys riding all-terrain vehicles, especially in the Southern California Pismo Beach Sand Dunes. His parents always emphasized the importance of being a good example for his two younger siblings, and as a first generation college student, graduating from UC Davis with a B.S in Human Development was a proud moment for him and his family. As an undergraduate, Julian met international students by attending conversation hours—meetings where the international students had the opportunity to practice their verbal English skills. Joining University Programs has given him the opportunity to be among the first to welcome international students to the campus.