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International Student Discussion Forums

Weekly meetings

  • Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.
  • UC San Diego International Center, Oceanids Pavillion

International students join in weekly conversations during the International Café over a delicious meal (provided for free to participants!).

Topics change each quarter:

Students Beyond Borders (Fall quarter)

(Not available Fall 2014)

The topics of discussion for "Students Beyond Borders" are chosen to reflect some of the specific challenges that international students may face (e.g., the effect of having an accent, or how to make friends in a foreign culture), as well as other topics that are relevant to the general student population (e.g., how to deal with stress, or how to balance school and fun time).

We hope to make it a place where you can make new friends and get new ideas about how to maximize your experience at UCSD.

This meeting is for international undergraduate and graduate students; however, non-international students with interest in cross-cultural dialogue are also welcomed.

Steps to Success (Winter quarter)

"Steps to Success" is a 4-session workshop designed to address the needs of international students who have academic difficulties.

The discussion topics include identifying some of the obstacles to academic success, improving time management and study skills, dealing with stress, and understanding the social norms that would make your academic life more successful.

Discussions will take place over a delicious meal, free to workshop participants. Sign up here.

International Summit (Spring quarter)

International Summit

"International Summit" provides a safe and inviting space for international graduate students to talk openly about some of the specific challenges they might be facing in their graduate school career.

The topics for discussions are open-ended, and guided by the participants' needs. Bring your ideas and come to meet other grad students, network, share survival tips, and relax in a friendly

There is no obligation or sign-up to join the group — any international grad student is welcome to join whenever they want.

Group participants also have an added bonus — a free International Café lunch!

For more information:

Contact iprograms@ucsd.edu

Discussion Topics

Download the Spring 2014 schedule (PDF)

Your Facilitator

Rina Schul, Ph.D

Rina Schul, Ph.D, Psychologist
(858) 534-1768