About ISEP

Our unit has expanded into a suite of International Student Excellence Programs (ISEP)!   ISEP focuses on three intersecting areas: academic excellence, mentoring, and intercultural engagement.  We offer three programs: Global Scholars, Intercultural Citizenship, and International Peer Group.  Each of these programs creates multi-directional learning opportunities for both international and domestic students, allowing them to develop the academic, social and cultural competencies necessary to ensure success at UCI and beyond.

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Global Scholars (Academic Excellence): Global Scholars facilitates the development of active learning skills and strategies to ensure that our participants achieve academic success at UCI and beyond.  We conduct quarterly academic reviews and outreach to those holding a GPA of 2.0 or lower.  We also monitor participants’ academic performance throughout the year and hold open office hours for all students to drop in and discuss any questions or concerns.  Additionally, we provide participants with information about undergraduate research opportunities, scholarships available to international students, and graduate school information.

  • Active learning and skill building workshops
  • Quarterly academic monitoring
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Scholarship info sessions and application assistance
  • Graduate school info sessions


Intercultural Citizenship (Intercultural Engagement): Our Cultural Exchange program strengthens relationships among all students by creating safe spaces to develop and share their insights regarding social issues of global concern.   We intentionally organize experiential learning opportunities that allow students to learn about root causes of social issues while exploring their own positionality re: cultural norms and expectations.  Several cultural and community engagement opportunities are offered each quarter addressing such issues as mental health, gender stereotypes, food insecurity, and political activism.  Cultural Exchange creates a space for reflection and the intellectual exchange of ideas while encouraging students to work in common cause with one another.

  •  Quarterly events exploring social issues like gender stereotypes, food insecurity, mental health, and political activism
  • On and off-campus activities – transportation provided!
  • Dialogue sessions about global issues


International Peer Group (Mentoring): Our trained IPG mentors and coordinators provide support and guidance to all first-year international students.   Mentees meet with their mentors every other week throughout their first year at UCI while mentors create several Mentor Family Activities each quarter in order to get to know mentees and introduce them to campus and community resources.  We also include UCI alumni in our program through their participation in monthly coffee hours.  Together, we create a strong academic, social and professional network for all program participants.  Our innovative approach to mentoring creates student leaders among both IPG student staff and their mentees.

  • Themed mentor families
  • Build relationships with students from different backgrounds
  • Participate in Mentor Family Activities every quarter
  • Opportunities to explore Irvine and Southern California