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Graduate InterConnect Program

International students face additional challenges during their academic experience including a new culture, language differences, and developing new support networks. The Graduate InterConnect Program supports the successful transition of international graduate students and scholars. This program offers opportunities to network with others, practice English, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine.  

If you have any questions about the Graduate InterConnect Program, please contact the International Student Support Officer. The 2021 GIC Peer Mentor online application is open and linked below.

Apply to be a Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor

New GIC Peer Mentor

We're looking for graduate students from all different disciplines and backgrounds. If you have never been a peer mentor in the program before, please use the following application link. Online Application for New Peer Mentors

Returning GIC Peer Mentor

If you have served as a peer mentor during your time at UCI, use the application for returning peer mentors. More details about the different opportunities found in the application. Online Application for Returning Peer Mentors

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Peer Mentors

An experienced graduate student mentor will help with your transition to the campus and the Irvine communities. You will receive communications from your mentor starting during the summer, prior to your arrival. During fall quarter, if you choose to continue to be connected with a peer mentor, you and your peer mentor will meet to discuss professional development pathways and resources specific to the Ph.D. or Master's track. 

Visit the Graduate InterConnect Blog to read their bios and informative posts. 

Pre and Post-Arrival Checklists

Use these helpful tools for managing your move to campus.

Graduate Welcome and Orientation

The Graduate Welcome and Orientation program is designed to introduce all new student to the campus and resources necessary for graduate success. International students will gain additional information and insight specific to thier experience such immigration, OPT/CPT opportunites, moving to a new area, and faculty and graduate student expectations. This event is held before fall quarter and new students will be invited to register via email during the summer. 

Taste of America Program

**currently in hiatus**

The Taste of America Program offers international graduate students the opportunity to have dinner with Americans in their homes. The program fosters new friendships to promote cultural learning and brings international graduate students into the local community. Dinners are throughout the month of November. 

Interested international graduate students and hosts may apply online to participate. Applications will be available in the fall. After you complete your application, you will be contacted with your matches and logistical details.  

Graduate Interconnect Blog

You will find helpful information on the Graduate InterConnect Blog about graduate student life written by Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentors. Topics include transportation, things to do in the local area, campus life, and more. On and off-campus resources are highlighted to assist with your student needs. Details about upcoming Graduate InterConnect events are updated throughout the year.

ESL/ELL Academic Writing Series

This series of workshops addresses the specific grammar and language mechanics confronted by writers whose first language is not English. Taught in tandem with native speakers who excel in English writing, these workshop target the unique needs of first language speakers of Korean, Chinese, Farsi and Spanish to address problems common to their native language group. 

Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center

The Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center provides specialized workshops for international graduate students about campus and community resources, and U.S. culture. In addition, the GPSRC provides writing consultation services and English communication workshops, and helps students find the best resources on campus to develop their English skills.

Academic English

The Program in Academic English offers a number of courses and services that are designed to help international graduate students succeed at UCI. In addition, they are provide language testing for international graduate students needed for admissions and teaching assistantships. The courses and services are for students in all academic disciplines. 

  • Courses in pronounciation, conversation, presentation, grammar for writing, graduate writing for scholarly publications, thesis/dissertation writing

International Center

The International Center provides immigration services, including SEVIS complinace, visa documentation and related advising for international students and scholars.They also host programs and activities to provide students, scholars, staff and faculty the opportunity to engage in intercultural learning while fostering skills and knowledge related to international education. 

  • Cultural Connections
  • Life in the U.S. series
  • International Coffee Hour - Fridays, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Counseling Center
  • Explore Southern California Trip series
  • Across the Bridge: A Global Dialogue series
  • ISTEPS (International Students Transitioning to Educational and Personal Success)
  • Helping Hands
  • Immigration Workshop Series