Learn about the World at UCI
Check out the many opportunities at UCI to learn about cultures, history, languages and current events around the globe. Meet international students and develop your capacity to be an engaged member of our global society.
Service and Socializing Opportunities
Be a conversation partner for a UCI Extension international student. The Communication Club partners domestic and international students for language and cultural learning…and fun!
Culture and International Clubs at UCI
Browse a listing of student clubs and organizations that match your interests. Filter for “international” or “multicultural” etc.
English Conversation Program
The English Conversation Program allows international students to improve conversational skills while discussing current events in small groups. Meet international students and scholars from around the world and gain exposure to multiple perspectives on current events, both local and global. Everyone is welcome!
International Coffee Hour
Come and meet students from all over the world. Enjoy lively conversations and refreshments. New members are always welcome, and you can come and go as you please during the coffee hour.
International Student Excellence Programs
Current UCI students serve as mentors to new UCI international students. ISEP is committed to helping first year international students have a positive experience at UCI by focusing on adjustment and enrichment.
The International House is a living-learning residence (located in the Arroyo Vista theme house community) for students who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of different cultures, share international perspectives, and build friendships with students from around the world. Half of the residents are international students studying abroad here at UCI, and half are UCI students.
Academic and Leadership Opportunities
Career Development and Job Search – UCI Career Center
Career Center staff can help you present your involvement, leadership and study of international topics on your resume and during interviews to appeal to employers, graduate schools and professional schools. Access Going Global Career Guides, the ultimate international job seeker’s guide, by logging into Handshake. Updated continually, and developed by a worldwide team of career specialists.
Civic and Community Engagement Minor
Open to all majors, this minor gives you the knowledge, skills, and values to be agents of change in your community – whether your community is local or global. The internship requirement can be completed abroad.
Global Brigades UCI
Join a group of passionate student and professional volunteers who work together on sustainable development projects in Honduras, Panama and Ghana. GBUCI works in a holistic manner aiming to provide long term solutions to development challenges. Rather than imposing our values on the communities we serve, instead it is all about students empowering communities to help them realize the potential they have within themselves
Under the direction of faculty and graduate students, you can earn academic credit and leadership experience, while teaching high school and middle school students about international issues.
Global Cultures Major
The Global Cultures major explores the problems and processes of globalization from a humanistic perspective. The major equips students with analytical skills and knowledge that is critical to understanding the complexities of the diverse world in which we live.
International Studies Major
The International Studies major gives you an interdisciplinary window through which to understand global issues, societies, and cultures. International Studies majors acquire the skills and knowledge to understand and contribute to shaping the rapidly evolving global community.
International Studies Public Forum
Hear from experts in academia and the private sector speak on international topics of current interest.
Model United Nations
Model United Nations focuses on developing an understanding of current international issues by providing both high school and college students with an understanding of the origin, the role and the impact of the United Nations in the international community. Participants learn skills to debate, caucus, research and write for simulated UN conferences.
Plan a faculty mentored research project on an international topic that interests you while you are abroad or once you return. Opportunities are available to apply for research funding, for publication in the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, and to present your research at the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium.