The Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) was established over a decade ago, and has been recognized with many accolades as an important international experiential learning program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions - which impact a key element of the OTI experience and programming -  we are currently pausing the program. If you have an interest in the program or questions, please contact us at



  • Bridging a gap

    UCI alumna Dana Ballout '08 brings stories from the Middle East to mainstream U.S. media - including one she got to tell for NPR's "This American Life"


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