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IFSO Programming

is open to our international scholars, faculty, postdocs, researchers and their families etc as well as to our department affiliates and community members to attend for free. This section also includes Global Initiatives as well as our affiliates: Staff Volunteers and Oceanids; please refer to the blue drawers below. This series is included in our Calendar Overview.  

IFSO Calendar Overview

Children's Book Drive | Ongoing

Please feel free to drop off gently used books for children 0-7 years old.  Drop off box at UC 214 on Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am - 1 pm or send via intercampus mail (Attn: IFSO, MC #0123).  

Books will be used to create a Children's Library for our visiting families.

Flyer and details here.

EIA | English-In-Action-Conversation Program

English-in-Action (EIA) conversation program matches international students, scholars and spouses with volunteer conversation leaders to help with conversational English language skills, simultaneously helping you to acquire a better understanding of American culture and to acclimate more quickly to UC San Diego and the San Diego community.

The EIA volunteer conversation leaders are community members, faculty, staff, and students.

Friday Chat | Staff Volunteers


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Gus' Table | Staff Volunteers


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iCafé | Your Passport to Culture!

iCafé, International Friday Café’s virtual café, teams up with campus partners to explore the world as global citizens and frequent "virtual" flyers!

Play Travel Trivia hosted by Extension (winner gets a prize!) and enjoy our Global Playground hosted by Recreation. Receive a free apron by sharing a recipe in the Cook Club! This fun global exploration happens during lunch time on Fridays (PST).

Connect with your Triton community over culture, trivia, fitness and cuisine. Join us and bring a friend...It's free and fun of course!

Information and Schedule: 

IEW | International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Initiated in 2000 by the US 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.

Intramural Sports Teams | Recreation

Anyone with RIMAC membership or Intramural Pass looking for a way to exercise and interact or connect with other staff members or students at UC San Diego? Intramural sports are amateur teams on campus, made of students, scholars, staff, or community members. Games are 1 hour long, once per week, on campus. Anyone can join the teams; they are just for fun. See a listing of RIMAC intramural team sports.

Language Exchange

Help someone learn your language, and enjoy conversational practice in their language in exchange! Visit This is a self-run program where you review who is available and choose your partner based on your language preferences.

For additional English Language resources, please visit:

Mommy, Daddy, & Me (MDM) | Staff Volunteers


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Oceanids | Kitchen & Baby Equipment Exchange | Interest Groups

Oceanids is a UC San Diego organization and support group promoting friendship and services to the UC San Diego community. They offer many services for international scholars such as the Kitchen & Baby Equipment Exchange as well as various activities - to receive these announcements, please sign up here 

Oceanids has various interest groups and the three listed below are popular amongst new postdocs or scholars at UC San Diego; the link will direct you to each group's specific webpage for details:

Hiking In and Around San Diego County
Moveable Feast I 
Wine Tasting II
Oceanids full list of interest groups

Please contact Oceanids directly with any inquiries that you may have.


Wednesday Coffee | Staff Volunteers


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