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Faculty and Staff

International students at UCR comprise approximately 6.5% of the population, enriching the community with their home cultures from around the world. While partaking in rigorous UCR curriculum, these students are simultaneously adapting to a new environment and lifestyle. It is the goal of the International Students and Scholars office to best equip the UCR community with the knowledge of their experiences and to assist them in their continued success. Use this page as a faculty or staff member to get advice on everything from cross-cultural communication to supporting your international students’ achievements. Scroll to the bottom for links on best practices and research, to learn more about the dynamic international students that attend UCR and discover ways that you can get involved with the international community right now.

Make an appointment for a consultation or mediation with an international student advisor.

  • Invite us to your classroom so we can share what we do. Contact us for details.
  • Become a Friendship Family. This non-homestay program lets you meet with an international student once or twice a month for dinners, day trips or other activities of your choice.
  • Come to our weekly International Spouses & Partners Program.
  • Lend your expertise at our orientations and workshops. Contact us for details.
  • See our calendar for upcoming ISRC events.
  • Are you teaching in a Riverside-area school and interested in bringing in an international student to interact with your class? Please feel free to contact us to see if we can help connect you for a mutual exchange of culture and/or language.
  • The following Twitter accounts are informative and fun ways to keep in touch with the world of international education and how the industry is working to meet the needs of international students globally
    • @IIEglobal : Institute of International Education
    • @eduint : EduInternational
    • @dfwworld : World Affairs Council

International students (F-1 & J-1) MUST…

  • Maintain a full course load (12 units) each quarter. Please do not advise them to drop classes, take a leave of absence or withdraw before talking with an ISRC international student advisor.
  • Have authorization to work off-campus. Consequences for unauthorized employment are serious. Do not advise anyone to get a job before talking to an international student advisor.
  • Obtain ISRC permission before working on-campus (if J-1).
  • Not work on-campus more than 20 hours per week during the academic year  (if F-1).
  • Consult with the ISRC before traveling outside the US. Certain steps must be taken when leaving and re-entering.
  • Report change of major, degree objective or financial sponsorship to an international student advisor.

New Open Doors Data

Open Doors is a valuablecomprehensive dataset supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State that produces statistics on international students in the United States, including lasting trends and worldwide shifts.

Data from the 2015 Open Doors Report was given on November 16, 2015. Click the image above to read all about it.

Riverside County's International Student Economic Impact Value


Find the International Student Economic Impact Value data for anywhere in the US with NAFSA's tool here.

International Student Champions

Each year, the International Student Resource Center awards an "International Student Champion" title to a UCR staff or faculty member who have served the international student population with compassion to their unique needs and with excellence in their roles.

The 2014 International Student Champions were Marsha Tolson, UCR's Insurance Coordinator, and Edgar Tellez-Foster, a PhD candidate in Environmental Science.


Above is ISSO staff after presenting Marsha, center, with her award.


Above is ISSO staff after presenting Edgar, third from left, with his award.


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