International students – immerse yourself in American culture, explore Southern California and meet fun friends.
Domestic students – connect with the international community, help new students succeed and learn about other cultures while sharing your own.
Faculty and staff – get involved with orientations, discussion groups and our Supporting International Student Success workshop.
Be an International Peer Advisor (IPA)
All UCR students (international and domestic) can help new international students adapt to campus life by serving as an IPA. Our IPAs host orientation and coordinate social and cultural events throughout the year to connect with international students. See below to meet our IPA Coordinators.
Applications for the 2016-17 school year are now available! Are you interested in meeting people from all over the world and helping new international students adjust to life at UCR? Become an International Peer Advisor for the 2016-2017 academic year. Make new international friends while learning valuable team building skills as an International Peer Advisor for the International Student Resource Center. Applications are being accepted online now: https://highlanderlink.ucr.edu/form/start/90599 Applications are due by April 17th for priority consideration, interviews will be done on a rolling basis. Questions? Stop by our Center or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-827-4113.
Participate in the Global Connections Partner (GCP) Program
We match IPAs and other UCR students with international students so they can meet regularly for a mutual exchange of language and culture. Partners are matched based on interests and change every quarter. All partners come together for fun group outings such as hiking to the “C” or heading to L.A. This program is open to all students interested in providing peer support and connecting with our international students. Applications for spring quarter are due by Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Please visit HighlanderLink at https://highlanderlink.ucr.edu/form/start/93824 to apply.
Exploring Southern California Series
Join us on our next outing and see the best of Southern California. Past trips include Universal Studios, the Santa Monica Pier and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Discounts and transportation are provided. See our calendar for upcoming excursions.
International Education Week
Look for International Education Week activities every November when UCR "Goes Global"!
Weekly ISRC Events
From workshops and game nights, to "coffee and conversation" evenings, we host events perfect for connecting with UCR's international community. See the Discussion Group section and our calendar for what’s coming up next!
Rock out at on-campus music festivals Block Party, Heat and Spring Splash. Sing along with bands at The Barn Series. Cheer on our basketball team then dance all night at After Madness! Check out R’Side for all the UCR events you don’t want to miss.
Highlander Athletic Events
Our Division I teams compete in the Big West Conference and include basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and more. Attend home games for free when you show your R’card. Learn more about UCR athletics.
Did you know that you have an American family? Friendship Families are UCR faculty and staff families excited to meet with international students once a month for a variety of activities. Families might have dinners, celebrate your birthday or take you on a day trip. This is not a homestay program; you simply meet with your family once a month (or more) for activities.
If you are interested, or for more information, please contact Ms. Wendy Hernandez.
International Discussion Groups
Enjoy open dialogue and stimulating conversation with fellow students and staff. Topics range from finals and food, to homesickness and stereotypes. Light dinner and refreshments are provided. We will be announcing the dates for Winter 2016 quarter closer to that time.
International Spouses and Partners Program
The International Spouses and Partners Program is a free weekly program designed to build friendships and grow through weekly discussions, picnics, performances and craft nights. Spouses and children of current UCR students, as well as community members are welcome. Perfect English is not required (in fact, it’s a great place to practice!) The International Spouses and Partners Program meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the calendar.
Join a professional organization, pledge a fraternity or sorority, or share your cultural dancing skills. Whatever your interests, there’s a club for you!
Ethnic and Gender Programs
Get involved with UCR’s unique Ethnic and Gender Programs. Attend fun events, find support, celebrate culture and make friends. Offices include:
Play soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball and more with UCR’s fun intramural sports teams. Choose from different levels of competitiveness and league/tournament formats. Each season lasts one quarter.
Our International Peer Advisor Coordinators lead the committees within the International Peer Advisor programming to create a helpful and welcoming environment for our international students, as well as maintain the international and domestic exchange here on campus . Meet the dedicated students who help make the IPA program so successful.