UC San Diego SearchMenu

Global Education Programs and Events

Get involved in our activities and programs to create connections and friendships between UC San Diego and the global community, or explore your chances to go abroad.

More information on our programs and events and how to participate or sign up is only a click away!

Center for Student Involvement: UCSD Cultural OrganizationsCenter for Student Involvement:
UCSD Cultural Organizations

The Center for Student Involvement offers professional advising services, student organization resources, leadership and community service programs, and information on campus-wide events.

Coffee/Tea With a ProfessorCoffee/Tea With a Professor

Get to know your professors outside of the classroom! Invite them to coffee/tea time at the International Center. Free beverages and snacks provided. More information coming soon.

Discover San DiegoDiscover San Diego

Explore San Diego's local attractions and activities during the weekend and academic break. Trips include San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park and more. More information coming soon.

EAP Edinburgh, ScotlandUC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

Did you know you can study abroad without ever "leaving" the University? Go on one of 300 EAP programs in 35 countries worldwide, keep the UC quality, UC grades, and UC financial aid, and gain access to even more scholarships and grants. Read more about the UC's Education Abroad Program.

English in Action Tutor ProgramEnglish in Action Tutor Program

The English in Action tutor program (EIA) is a volunteer-run program that helps international students/ scholars and their spouses with English language skills. Anyone can volunteer to be a tutor! All you need is interest in learning about new cultures while helping the international community acclimate to their new environment.

First Steps SessionsFirst Steps Sessions

First Steps Sessions are half-hour presentations that will give you tools to research programs, explain how to apply, and prepare you to meet with an advisor.

Friday International CaféFriday International Café

Interact with members of the UC San Diego community from all over the world while eating a delicious meal during our International Café held every Friday during the academic year (weeks 1-10) from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the International Center. Everyone and anyone is welcome!

Friends of the International CenterFriends of the International Center

International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation, and friendship, from 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center. See the current schedule of activities.

Friends' Resale ShopFriends' Resale Shop

The Resale Shop, at the UCSD International Center, is an on-campus thrift store. Proceeds from the sale of gently used clothes, books and household items fund scholarships for international education. Volunteers and donation of goods are welcome. Call (858) 534-1124 for more information.


Global Seminar, RomeUC San Diego Global Seminars

Global Seminars are 5-week long summer study-abroad experiences led by a UC San Diego professor. Students enroll in a package of two courses for a total of eight UC San Diego quarter units. Class sizes are small, so there are excellent opportunities for one-on-one interaction withsome of the best faculty at UCSD. All courses are taught in English.

Grants for UCSD Student OrganizationsGrants for UCSD Student Organizations

Grants are awarded quarterly to on-campus student organizations devoted to creating programs or events that promote international education and exchange. Grants range from $100-200. Apply before the end of week 4 of each quarter. Application coming soon.


International Club (I-Club) is a student organization that welcomes and encourages ALL students-international and local to participate. Its mission is to promote cultural and civil engagement within an inviting, relaxed, and enjoyable atmosphere!

International Education WeekInternational Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education, the week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across UCSD campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders.

International Family OrientationInternational Family Orientation

International students and their family members are welcome to attend a special orientation that will provide information on educational and fun activities for families to participate in during their stay in San Diego. Download the PDF flyer for more info.

International Student Discussion ForumsInternational Student Discussion Forums

Come join us on Friday afternoons from noon to 1 p.m. to meet and discuss topics relevant to International Student life. All forum participants receive a free International Café lunch!

Create an intramural team and be sponsored by the International Center!Intramural sports teams

Looking for a way to interact and connect with international students at UCSD? The I-Center is sponsoring intramural sports teams every season that include at least one study abroad returnee and one international student.

Language ExchangeLanguage Exchange

Help someone learn your language and enjoy conversational practice in their language in exchange. Just join the Language Exchange Facebook Page and post your native language,  what language you'd like to practice, your contact information and any other information you'd like to share. Partners will contact each other through Facebook and start practicing each others' language!

OAP FijiUC San Diego Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)

Founded over 25 years ago, the Opportunities Abroad Program enables you to study, work, intern, research, and volunteer abroad and offers you an almost unlimited choice of academics, destinations, and program content.

Orientation Assistant (OA) ProgramOrientation Assistant (OA) Program

Help our newcomers get acclimated to their new environment New International Student Orientation, held every fall. As a volunteer Orientation Assistant, you will play an integral role in welcoming hundreds of international students, researchers, faculty, and family members to the UC San Diego campus, while learning about different cultures and having a great time!

Thanksgiving Exchange ProgramThanksgiving Exchange Program

International students can spend the Thanksgiving holiday with UC San Diego faculty, staff, students and local San Diego families to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal together and engage in cultural exchange. To participate as a student or host family, email iprograms@ucsd.edu by November 4.

Triton International LeadersTriton International Leaders

The Triton International Leaders mentor program provides an opportunity for newly admitted international students to connect with student mentors, and to familiarize themselves with UC San Diego and the surrounding area. Triton International Leaders develop leadership and communication skills, a strong network, and tools with which to succeed at UCSD.

Wednesday Morning CoffeeWednesday Morning Coffee

International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship. 10 a.m. to noon in the International Center.
See the current schedule of activities.

For more information:

Contact iprograms@ucsd.edu

Internationalize your experience!

JOIN I Club for dynamic cross-cultural exchange!

ENGAGE in dialogue by meeting people from all over the globe.

MENTOR our international newcomers by becoming an Orientation Assistant.

VOLUNTEER to become an English language tutor.

EAT delicious international cuisine every Friday at International Café!

Contact Us

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Email: iprograms@ucsd.edu

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.