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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

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.

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:

Friday Chat | Staff Volunteers

Friday Chat is a volunteer-run conversation group led by local English speakers. Conversation topics encompass a broad variety of subjects and suggestions from participants are always welcome. Friday Chat also engages in other fun planned activities for participants.

If you have any questions contact

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

 Mommy/Daddy and Me is a monthly gathering at Doyle Community Park for members of the international community and their children. Attendees can participate in crafting activities, songs, and much more! The typical age group for activities is newborn to 5 years old, but all are welcome.

  • Meetings are held monthly at Matthews Quad at UC San Diego
  • Please register for the event beforehand to ensure there will be enough supplies for all attendees

Email with any questions.

Wednesday Coffee | Staff Volunteers

 Wednesday Coffee is an informal, social gathering that provides attendees an opportunity to meet people, make friends, and practice English with local volunteers and fellow international community members. Attendees have the option of participating in a volunteer-led planned activity while chatting. Crafts may not be suitable for young children so please ensure they have alternative activities and toys for the session.

  • Every first Wednesday of the month - Meetings are held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Doyle Park at the Picnic Tables North of Playground and near the Community Center building. We usually have a red table cloth.
  • All other Wednesdays - Meetings are held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at La Jolla Community Room at La Jolla Village Square (right of the AMC ticket window)

Email to get connected with someone and receive more detailed instructions.