Testimonials - Mikael Perreau

  UC Los Angeles, Class of 2005

  Hometown: Petaluma, California

  Currently residing: London, England

  Donor to: UCLA UK Study Abroad Fund

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Mikael Perreau is a UCLA Alumnus who studied abroad in his third year of study, and now lives and works in London. He gives to the UCLA UK EAP Fund.

What scholarship are you giving to?
I donate to fund study abroad scholarships - so UCLA students can have the opportunity to study abroad in the UK.

What are your motivations for giving to this scholarship?
Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I ever made. I want future UC students to have the same opportunity I did, to get that incredibly rewarding experience abroad. It is so important for Americans - students in particular - to get a chance to see and learn more about the world, and I couldn't think of a better way to do that than studying abroad. 

What do you hope scholarship recipients are able to achieve?
I want every UC student to be able to find an incredible study abroad opportunity that allows them to learn more about the world. I hope they are able to broaden their horizons, meet interesting people and have a fun, enriching time studying and living in a foreign country. 

Any advice for the students coming over to the UK? 

Get off the beaten path! Try something a little out of the way and not in any way touristy. My best discoveries (whilst studying abroad in Paris) were getting lost in the medieval side streets. I still try to lose myself on purpose some days here in London!

Take a cheap flight to the big, touristy city and then hop a train to somewhere farther afield. You get a wonderful chance to see the country first-hand and people usually get friendlier the smaller the town gets. 

Anything else you would like to share with prospective donors? 
I don’t think there’s a more enriching, transformative university experience than spending time abroad. Students are introduced to a new culture and country; you learn more about yourself, and your perspective on the world is literally changed forever. Every student should have the opportunity to have this life-changing experience. If we can contribute to making that happen, then we might end up having our lives changed as well.

"There isn't a more enriching, transformative university experience than spending time abroad. Every student should have the opportunity to have this life-changing experience."

- Mikael Perreau