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.
The Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor application for April 2019 - December 2019 has closed. Applications will reopen in December 2019 for next year's program.
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. 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.
The International Graduate Welcome and Orientation is designed to introduce international students to the campus and the resources specific to their experience. This orientation prepares students for the more in-depth Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation the following day.
Taste of America Program
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 Resource Center
The Graduate Resource Center provides specialized workshops for international graduate students about campus and community resources, and U.S. culture. In addition, the GRC provides writing consultation services and English communication workshops, and helps students find the best resources on campus to develop their English skills.