Our helpful staff provides expert advising to UCR international students and intercultural programming for the entire UCR community. Meet the skilled people dedicated to supporting UCR international student success.
Director, International Students and Scholars
Ph.D. Plant Genetics
Dr. Magid Shirzadegan joins UCR after posts at California State University, Fullerton, Xing Wei College in Shanghai, University of Oregon and University of Michigan. Magid is an accomplished scholar and experienced administrator, having previously served as the Director of International Gateway Programs at Cal State Fullerton and Director of International Student & Scholar Services at the University of Oregon. He has more than 20 years of experience advising, teaching and working with international students and faculty, in addition to directing staff, coordinating orientations for international students, handling financial aid, tax and immigration matters for all international students and scholars at the University of Oregon.
He earned a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from Georg-August Universität, in Göttingen, Germany, an M.S. in Crop Science from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. in Agricultural Extension from Hamadan University in Iran. In 2009, Magid was a Fulbright Scholar in the International Education Administrators Program in Korea.
International Student Advisor
B.A Social Ecology
Lisa graduated from University of California, Irvine and studied abroad at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After her graduation, she went to South Korea to teach English to more than 500 students in an elementary school. Lisa has over five years of experience working with international applications, admissions, and immigration policies. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and exercising. Her next travel goal is to visit Europe.
Meet our international peer advisors (IPAs), dedicated student volunteers who help international students acclimate to American culture and confidently navigate UCR. They make sure orientation is informative and organized, assist with outreach and more.