Graduate Interconnect Program

Graduate Interconnect (GIC) is an exceptional peer-to-peer mentoring program exclusively designed to support incoming international students at UCI. As a GIC participant, you will be assigned a knowledgeable peer mentor who will provide guidance via email throughout the summer. They will share valuable information and personal experiences to help ease your transition to life at UCI.

In addition to one-on-one mentoring, GIC offers a range of in-person or remote activities and student panels during the summer and Fall Quarter. These activities are an excellent opportunity for you to connect with other students, learn more about the campus, and build a supportive network. 

After completing your SIR you can register for GIC by simply completing our short registration form here. In case you have any difficulties registering through the form, contact our International Student Support Officer, Aimee Jiang at At this time students in Law programs, Master’s programs within The Paul Merage School of Business, and Doctor of Medicine students are not eligible to participate in GIC. 

Exciting news! The GIC Instagram will be launching in early May. Follow us to stay updated on all our latest programming activities, meet our incredible mentors, and get information about campus resources and the surrounding community. Find us @uci_graduateinterconnect.

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.

Use these helpful tools for managing your move to campus.

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.

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 pronunciation, conversation, presentation, grammar for writing, graduate writing for scholarly publications, thesis/dissertation writing

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