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Get Involved at the ISRC!

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.

Peer Programs

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:  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 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 to apply.

Day Trips & Special Events


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!

R’Side Events
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.

Discussion & Family Groups

Friendship Families
GriffithDid 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.

UCR Opportunities

Student Organizations
Join a professional organization, pledge a fraternity or sorority, or share your cultural dancing skills. Whatever your interests, there’s a club for you!


See all of UCR’s student organizations.

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:

Intramural Sports
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.

Explore UCR intramural sports. 

International Peer Advisor Coordinators 2015-16 Academic Year

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.

Omar El-Tayby

Head International Peer Advisor 
Third Year
Business Economics Major
Born and raised in Egypt, moving to the US only 3 years ago in 2012, was definitely a great challenge with a lot of ups and downs. However, UCR has been a great experience for me. My favorite aspect of it is the cultural diversity of it's campus as it gave me the opportunity to not only experience and learn about the American culture, but also a lot of other cultures from all around the world.  As an international student, the International Student Resource Center and the International Peer Advisors have helped me greatly in my first years at UCR with everything from adapting to a new country to finding a home away from home. Now is my time to give back to the international students community as Head IPA. 

Joanna Kwok

Arrivals Coordinator
Third Year
Business Major

I've lived in California all my life so its definitely interesting for me to be exposed to different cultures from the international students. Being apart of IPA really expand my knowledge of the cultures around the world and I am interested to learn more from my international peers. I hope your experience with IPA is as great as mine. 

As the arrivals coordinator, I look forward to aiding my international peers on any settling in and adjusting challenges. Feel free to stop by ISRC anytime and we'd be glad to help!

Karina Reyes

Activities Coordinator
Fourth Year
Biology Major, Psychology Minor

I am a fourth year Biology major with a minor in psychology. I was born in Oceanside, Ca, but I have loved being here in Riverside for the past couple of years. I spend most of my time studying and commuting, but when I have free time I like to play sports and draw.

I am excited to plan events and see my fellow students come out and have fun. If the students have a wonderful time and make new friends, then it will all be worth it.


Eileen Berrios

Global Connections Partner Coordinator
Fourth Year
Biology Minor

Traveling around the world has always been on my list. When I joined the International Peer Advising team in 2014, I got to meet students from all over the world, and it felt as if I had traveled to multiple countries at once. I enjoy listening to my peers and what new traditions and cultures they have to share. The ISRC has open arms to all students and they have made this a rewarding experience.

Being a Global Connection Partners Program Coordinator, I can't wait to see all the friendships that will form and the chance domestic and international students will get to indulge into different cultures.

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