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Programs & Events for International Students at UCSD

For more information about programs for international students at UC San Diego, contact iprograms@ucsd.edu.

Please visit the International Students & Programs Office Calendar for upcoming events.

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Center for Student Involvement: UCSD Cultural OrganizationsUCSD Cultural Student Organizations

UC San Diego has over 50 registered cultural organizations and hundreds of other student organizations focusing on social, academic, community service, and leadership events.

International ClubI-Club

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 WeekInternational Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Initiated in 2000 by the US 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 Family OrientationInternational Family Orientation

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.


International Student Advisory Council (ISAC)

ISAC is a forum that is comprised of key international student leaders from a variety of student organizations that gives them an opportunity to share members’ perspectives about campus initiatives and programs. ISAC’s goal is to receive valuable feedback from international students on the unique needs and challenges they face as well as sharing relevant information and resources that are available to them. Meetings are held monthly throughout the Academic year.


International Graduate Student Advisory Council (IGSAC)

IGSAC is a forum that is comprised of key international graduate student leaders from a variety of student organizations. The goals are to share relevant information and for the International Center staff to form a stronger collaboration with student organizations primarily focused on serving international graduate students. 

Create an intramural team and be sponsored by the International Center!Intramural sports teams

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.


Friends' Resale ShopFriends' Resale Shop

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.



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English in Action Tutor 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.

International Student Discussion Forums

International Student Discussion Forums

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!

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The Triton Transition Program aims to integrate new international freshman into the UC San Diego population by giving them the opportunity to connect with other students while studying, living, and exploring San Diego together before they start their degree program.  The four week program is designed to improve the participants’ English language and academic skills, introduce them to American culture, familiarize them with San Diego and Southern California, and encourage them to connect and make friends with other UC San Diego students. 

Language ExchangeLanguage Exchange

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!
English Conversation Table at International Friday Cafes during the Academic year.  Schedule of topics: http://bit.ly/Fall2014EngConvTableSchedule

Orientation Assistant (OA) ProgramOrientation Assistant (OA) Program

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!

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Triton International Leaders

The Triton International Leaders mentor program provides an opportunity for newly admitted international students to connect with student mentors, communicate, and have fun! Triton Leaders develop strong leadership and communication skills while new international students are given a forum to familiarize themselves with UC San Diego and learn about the surrounding area.

Friendship and Food

Friday CafeFriday International Café

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 1:15 p.m. at the International Center. Everyone and anyone is welcome!

Friends of the International CenterFriends of the International Center

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.

Thanksgiving Exchange ProgramThanksgiving Exchange Program

International students can spend the Thanksgiving holiday with UC San Diego and local San Diego families to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal together and engage in cultural exchange. 

Highlights from previous Thanksgiving celebrations

Wednesday Morning CoffeeWednesday Morning Coffee

International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship.10:00 to 12:00 in the International Center.
See the current schedule of activities.

Internationalize your experience!

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-in-Action Tutor.

EAT delicious international cuisine every Friday at International Café!

Contact Us

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Email: iprograms@ucsd.edu

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.