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Friends of the International Center:
What We Do

The Friends are a group of community volunteers who support the mission and work of the UC San Diego International Center by:
  • Providing hospitality programs for international visitors and families
  • Raising money and awarding scholarships for students abroad and international students at UC San Diego
  • Helping to sponsoring events to internationalize the UC San Diego campus

Regular Friends Programs

2017 Locations

New!Knit-Along on Tuesday Afternoons

Wednesday Coffee

International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship, 10 a.m. to noon in the Dance Hall in UC 409. More information is available online here: current schedule of activities.

Family Orientation

An orientation program for families of international scholars and students, with a tour of the International Center, is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:15 a.m. in McGill Hall 2nd Floor Suite 2126.

Attend this program as soon as possible after your arrival in San Diego. We have information to help you adjust to your new life in the U.S. and find interesting activities. Children are welcome.

Welcome International Students, Scholars, and Families!

The Friends of the International Center are delighted to welcome you to the United States and to the University of California San Diego.

As you adjust to your new life in San Diego, we invite you and your family to become a part of our international community. We encourage you to attend the Family Orientation. It will give you a lot of helpful information about local resources and interesting activities. Children are welcome.

Afterwards, please join us for Wednesday Coffee, which is held every week from 10 a.m. to noon. There you will meet other international families, talk with our volunteers, and participate in special activities for adults and children. We hope you will return to this Wednesday Coffee every week.

We look forward to meeting you, and hope we can help make your stay at UC San Diego pleasant and rewarding.

Family Orientation Powerpoint Presentation

International Cooking Experience

Open to all visitors, but you must register and pay a small fee for the entire series of classes. Registration is open several weeks before the first class.

See the current schedule of classes. Contact a volunteer for information, or email Jennie Chin and Mary Woo.

International Lunches and Other Food Activities

Share lunches and food demonstrations with international visitors and volunteers.

Stay in touch:

There is a bulletin board on the wall by the kitchen.  Please look at it for information on what is happening at the International Center and other places. 

If you would like to be reminded of events via email, please e-mail Georgina at gbsham@gmail.com.