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Jay Minert

Director, Outreach and Academic Engagement

Jay is responsible for managing Study Abroad UC San Diego’s Outreach and Academic Integration efforts. Additionally, he advises students in the following areas:


  • Middle East (Jordan, Morocco)
  • Barbados
  • Cyprus


  • Engineering 

First time meeting Jay?  Please schedule an appointment by calling our office at (858) 534-1123 or stopping in at our front desk Monday-Friday 9 a.m–4 p.m.

Jay did not initially consider study abroad as an option during his undergraduate years, but a faculty mentor convinced him to travel to Guatemala and Honduras to study the Maya in order to fulfill a final requirement for his Anthropology major. It was an amazing trip, and it underscored for Jay how important study abroad is as a high-impact, hands-on activity. Such experiences can greatly enrich a student's academic journey, and for Jay, also provide an international lens to developing one’s own identity and agency in the world.

It was that pivotal experience which led Jay to join the Peace Corps after college, where he served for two years in Belize, and extended his service in Palau, Micronesia. After Peace Corps, Jay attended UC Santa Cruz, earning a master’s in education and receiving an Inter-American Foundation Fellowship to return to Belize to conduct research.

Throughout his professional life, Jay has encouraged many others to study and live abroad as well. He has worked as a Peace Corps Recruiter, held several university student affairs positions, and served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.

During his time at UC San Diego, Jay received a Fulbright International Administrators Award to the United Kingdom and is currently serving as a LEAD Fellow (Leader for Equity Advancement and Diversity) through the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Jay’s goal is to make study abroad accessible to every student - no matter their background - and invites students to meet with him to discuss how to make study abroad a highlight to their UC San Diego experience.