Programs & Events for International Scholars at UC San Diego

For more information about programs for international scholars at UC San Diego, contact

  • English in Action Conversation Program

    English in Action Conversation Program

    The English in Action Conversation 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.

  • Friday International Cafe

    Friday International Cafe

    Interact with members of the UC San Diego community from all over the world while eating a delicious meal during our International Cafe held every Friday during the academic year (weeks 1-10) from noon to 1:15 pm at (Location: I-House: The Great Hall). Everyone and anyone is welcome!
  • Friends Family Orientation

    Friends Family Orientation

    International scholars 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. See family resources for more information.
  • Friends of the International Center

    Friends of the International Center

    International visitors are welcome to enjoy these programs and activities; the link will direct you to each program's specific webpage for details:

    English Conversation
    Everyday English (ESL)
    Tuesday Craft Circle
    Mommy, Daddy & Me
    Cooking Program
    Friends Dinner Social
    Ethnic Dinners
    Visit an American Home
    Additional Programs/Information


  • Friends' Resale Shop

    Friends' Resale Shop

    The Resale Shop,located at UC214 Main Room, is an on-campus thrift store. We offer a wide range of gently used clothes (contemporary, designer and vintage), household items and books. Proceeds from the sales help fund scholarships and activities related to international education. Volunteers and donation of goods are welcome. Call (858) 534-1124, or email for more information.

    The Resale Shop will be closed from June 9, 2018 – September 26, 2018.

  • Friends Wednesday Coffee

    Friends Wednesday Coffee

    International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship.10 am to noon at University Center 409 (U409).  Details are here.


  • International Education Week

    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

    Intramural sports teams

    Anyone with RIMAC membership 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. We are currently forming teams for next quarter; see a listing of RIMAC intramural team sports. Teams sponsored by the International Center will get free registration for the intramural sports team (usually $40) and T-shirts! Note: you must have a RIMAC membership in order to participate in intramural sports; this cannot be covered by the I-Center. 
  • Language Exchange

    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.
  • Oceanids


    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 activities ranging from a Whale Watching trip during the Winter quarter to a Desert camping trip; to receive these announcements, please sign up here.

    Oceanids has 20 different 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