Get involved in our activities and programs to create connections and friendships between UC San Diego and the international community, or explore your chances to go abroad.
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ACCESS is a 10-week non-credit course focusing on the life and relationships of international students inside and outside the university classroom. The goal is to help international students become familiar with UCSD resources and the multiple expectations and language required in a variety of university and other social situations in the U.S.
The Center for Student Involvement offers professional advising services, student organization resources, leadership and community service programs, and information on campus-wide events.
Get to know your professors outside of the classroom! Invite them to coffee/tea time at the International Center. Free beverages and snacks provided. More information coming soon.
Explore San Diego's local attractions and activities during the weekend and academic break. Trips include San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and more. More information coming soon.
Did you know you can study abroad without ever "leaving" the University? Go on one of 300 EAP programs in 35 countries worldwide, keep the UC quality, UC grades, and UC financial aid, and gain access to even more scholarships and grants. Read more about the UC's Education Abroad Program.
The English in Action tutor program (EIA) is a volunteer-run program that helps international students/ scholars and their spouses with English language skills. Anyone can volunteer to be a tutor! All you need is interest in learning about new cultures while helping the international community acclimate to their new environment.
First Steps Sessions are half-hour presentations that will give you tools to research programs, explain how to apply, and prepare you to meet with an advisor.
Interact with members of the UC San Diego community from all over the world while eating a delicious meal during our International Café held every Friday during the academic year (weeks 1-10) from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the International Center. Everyone and anyone is welcome!
International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation, and friendship, from 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center. See the current schedule of activities.
The Resale Shop, at the UCSD International Center, is an on-campus thrift store. Proceeds from the sale of gently used clothes, books and household items fund scholarships for international education. Volunteers and donation of goods are welcome. Call (858) 534-1124 for more information.
Through engagement and reflection upon the international and intercultural components of the undergraduate experience, students develop the knowledge, skills, and sensitivities needed to become effective leaders in our interdependent world. Learn more about the certificate program.
Global Seminars are 5-week long summer study-abroad experiences led by a UC San Diego professor. Students enroll in a package of two courses for a total of eight UC San Diego quarter units. Class sizes are small, so there are excellent opportunities for one-on-one interaction withsome of the best faculty at UCSD. All courses are taught in English.
Grants are awarded quarterly to on-campus student organizations devoted to creating programs or events that promote international education and exchange. Grants range from $100-200. Apply before the end of week 4 of each quarter. Application coming soon.
International Club (I-Club) is a student organization that welcomes and encourages ALL students-international and local to participate. Its mission is to promote cultural and civil engagement within an inviting, relaxed, and enjoyable atmosphere!
International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education, the week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across UCSD campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders.
International students and their family members are welcome to attend a special orientation that will provide information on educational and fun activities for families to participate in during their stay in San Diego. Download the PDF flyer for more info.
Come join us on Friday afternoons from noon to 1 p.m. to meet and discuss topics relevant to International Student life. All forum participants receive a free International Café lunch!
Two events available per quarter. Outdoor events include overnight camping trips, kayaking, surfing lessons, and more. Enjoy the great outdoors with the International Center and Outback Adventures! More information coming soon.
Looking for a way to interact and connect with international students at UCSD? The I-Center is sponsoring intramural sports teams every season that include at least one study abroad returnee and one international student.
Help someone learn your language and enjoy conversational practice in their language in exchange. Just join the Language Exchange Facebook Page and post your native language, what language you'd like to practice, your contact information and any other information you'd like to share. Partners will contact each other through Facebook and start practicing each others' language!
Founded over 25 years ago, the Opportunities Abroad Program enables you to study, work, intern, research, and volunteer abroad and offers you an almost unlimited choice of academics, destinations, and program content.
Help our newcomers get acclimated to their new environment New International Student Orientation, held every fall. As a volunteer Orientation Assistant, you will play an integral role in welcoming hundreds of international students, researchers, faculty, and family members to the UC San Diego campus, while learning about different cultures and having a great time!
People to People International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures.
International students can spend the Thanksgiving holiday with UC San Diego faculty, staff, students and local San Diego families to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal together and engage in cultural exchange. To participate as a student or host family, email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4.
The Triton International Leaders mentor program provides an opportunity for newly admitted international students to connect with student mentors, and to familiarize themselves with UC San Diego and the surrounding area. Triton International Leaders develop leadership and communication skills, a strong network, and tools with which to succeed at UCSD.
International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship. 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center.
See the current schedule of activities.
JOIN I Club for dynamic cross-cultural exchange!
ENGAGE in dialogue by meeting people from all over the globe.
MENTOR our international newcomers by becoming an Orientation Assistant.
VOLUNTEER to become an English language tutor.
EAT delicious international cuisine every Friday at International Café!