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.
Greg Gundersen, Senior International Student Adviser
As an international student in England, Greg’s studies focused on student participation in international education. This experience brings a unique perspective and passion for international education to our team. Greg has worked at UC Davis for more than a decade assisting students with decisions regarding studying abroad, academic coursework, academic skill development, as well as the broader experience of being a student at UC Davis. Greg 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, Greg is able to bring a broad and experienced perspective to his work.
Stephanie Palmer, International Student Adviser
Stephanie discovered a love of travel and trying new things in high school. Following graduation, she took a gap year as an exchange student and attended a year of high school in Germany. When she returned to California, she began her undergraduate studies at UC Davis and completed a double major in international relations and German. After graduating, she worked as a program coordinator for the Global Study Program for a few years before leaving to pursue her Master’s degree. She attended the Comparative and International Education Program at the University of Oslo and completed her thesis research at the University of New Mexico. After presenting her thesis, Stephanie moved back to the Sacramento area and returned to the Global Study Program. Stephanie has personal experience as an international student and has wonderful memories of all the people who helped make those experiences enjoyable. Now, she hopes that she can provide current international students with that same support.
Sachiko Tamura, International Program Representative
As a former international student at UC Davis, Sachiko is honored to serve international students and give back to the campus that helped root her in this vibrant and flourishing international community. Born and raised in Japan, Sachiko always wanted to live “outside the box.” After graduating from high school in Tokyo, she made her way to Davis. Among the first American idioms she learned was “Hang in there,” a phrase she would repeat to herself like a mantra while confronting the many challenges international students face. She graduated with a degree in East Asian Studies. While studying at UC Davis, she cultivated a passion for writing and especially enjoyed studying under the warm tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. She was a recipient of the award-winning writing conference Art of the Wild Program scholarship. To this day, when Sachiko is not roaming the woods of Northern California working on prose, you can find her in the office or occasionally hanging out around the arboretum writing haiku in both English and Japanese.