Our office has reopened with limited in-person staff. Our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Most advising appointments are continuing via Zoom. Information about COVID-19 and returning to campus for Fall 2021 .

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Meet the Education Abroad Student Team 2021 - 2022

Each year Education Abroad is lucky to work with a fantastic group of students who serve as interns, peer advisors, and Highlander Abroad Advisory Committee (HAAC) members. They are part of our outreach efforts, so you will probably see them tabling at events, presenting to classes about Education Abroad opportunities, and connecting with student organizations...
| Education Abroad

Changes in Practice for J-1 Scholar Processing Fees

9 September, 2021 The International Students and Scholars Office (ISS) proposes to change its practice of not allowing J-1 scholars to pay our processing fees for issuing a DS-2019. Currently, our practice is to permit only the PI/Department to pay these fees, when in reality there is no regulatory statute to prevent the scholar from...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Situation in Afghanistan + UCR resources for students and scholars

Dear Campus Community, As you have seen from recent news coverage, the safety and security situation in Afghanistan has unraveled quickly as Allied troops withdraw and the Taliban resurgence took over the Afghan government. It is upsetting to watch the news coverage in Afghanistan and other areas of the world that are experiencing violence and...

Spring 2021 Employee of the Quarter: Macy Ring

International Affairs is proud to announce the Spring 2021 Employee of the Quarter is Macy J. Ring. Macy was nominated and selected by peers for her outstanding work in overseeing all administrative aspects of UCR’s Faculty Led Education Abroad Program (FLEAP). There is no doubt that 2020 and 2021 have been incredibly difficult years for...
By IA Staff | | International Affairs

Winter 2021 Employee of the Quarter: Mely Fitzgerald

International Affairs is proud to announce that the Winter 2021 Employee of the Quarter is Mely Fitzgerald. Mely was nominated and selected by peers for her professionalism, dedication to International Affairs, and her collegiality. Mely Fitzgerald has a long history of cultivating meaningful relationships across campus. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the...
By IA Staff | | International Affairs

ISS Town Hall Discussion on Recent Violence Directed Toward Asians and Asian-Americans

Please join us for an end of-the-quarter ISS Town Hall on Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m. pacific time. The increase in verbal attacks and physical violence directed toward Asians and Asian-Americans during the pandemic, most recently the horrific and senseless killings at Atlanta-area this past last Tuesday, are shocking. The ISS team is here...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Fall 2020 Employee of the Quarter: David Dai

As part of an ongoing strategy to build a healthy, inclusive, and supportive environment, International Affairs has launched a series of new recognition efforts to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work our staff undertake each day. For Fall 2020, Wei “David” Dai was nominated and selected by peers for his dedication and flexibility during an...
By IA Staff | | International Affairs

ISS Town Hall Discussion on COVID-19, CA Stay at Home Guidance, Travel, and Winter 2021

As students and scholars prepare for the Winter Break, the ISS team held a final Town Hall meeting to discuss current issues before the university closes. Topics included California’s Regional Stay at Home Order, California’s Travel and Quarantine Advisory, Global Travel Restrictions, and Winter 2021 SEVP Registration Guidance for F-1 students. In addition, pre-submitted questions...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Finals Week Tips

Hello Highlanders. It’s finally week 10, the last week of the quarter before finals. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the quarter more difficult with remote learning, but UCR faculty and staff are working hard to support all of you. Whether you are happy that the quarter is almost over or you are just getting started...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

ISS Pre-Arrival Webinar for Incoming International Students (Winter 2021 Arrival)

The ISS team hosted a Pre-Arrival Webinar for incoming international students on November 13, 2020. For those who were not able to join us, you can watch a replay of the webinar below, along with resources and links to additional information shared. Dear New Students, Thank you for joining us for the webinar last Friday...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Students Honored at International Affairs Recognition Ceremony

As mentioned in the previous article, the International Affairs Recognition Ceremony was a bit different this year. Normally, International Affairs would host a special Recognition Ceremony just before graduation, as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of international students, scholars, faculty and staff before commencement. But with the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the emergencies...
| International Affairs

International Affairs Recognition Ceremony 2019 - 2020: Honoring Faculty and Staff

Nominated by the campus community, the 2019 - 2020 International Affairs Recognition Ceremony honors a select group of students, faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions to the international community at UCR. In a normal year, International Affairs would host a special Recognition Ceremony just before graduation, as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of...
| International Affairs

ISS Town Hall Discussion on Proposed Duration of Status Rule

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a change to the Duration of Status (D/S) rule that would limit the amount of time students and scholars can remain in the US to two or four years, depending on specific conditions. The ISS team hosted a Town Hall discussion to provide an overview of the new...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Celebrating Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow, October 31! Halloween is a holiday celebrated in many countries on October 31 to remember the dead. There are many fun traditions to do at home with family and/or friends, such as decorating, trying recipes, and carving pumpkins. When it comes to dressing up in costume for Halloween, it is important to...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

Worldfest Education Abroad Fair

UCR Education Abroad announces the annual Worldfest Education Abroad Fair. This year the fair will be an all virtual format. Start your journey to career readiness with our Worldfest Education Abroad Fair! Join us from Tuesday, October 20 to Friday, November 6, as we host more than 60 special events focused on everything related to...
| Education Abroad

Suggestions for Student Success

While the world is still responding to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be challenging to adjust to learning at home. However, being away from campus does not mean that the campus resources are not available to you. In fact, UCR faculty and staff are working extra hard to help you do your best. We have...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

Fall 2020 Update – sent to continuing international students from ISS, August 2, 2020

Dear continuing international students, Thank you for your patience as the University works through the guidance for international students for the fall quarter. It has been stressful and difficult for all of us to wait for specific instructions. We want to do as much as we can on the front end to try to make...

Message from UCR Chancellor: UC Riverside supports international students, July 15, 2020

Dear Campus Community, At UC Riverside, we value international students. Representing more than eighty countries, our international students not only study on our campus but also serve as ambassadors for UCR throughout the world. We realize greater breadth of perspectives because they have chosen to make UCR their educational home. Many contribute to our research...

UC statement on Department of Homeland Security reversal of international student visa order From UC Office of the President, July 14,2020

University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and President Janet Napolitano issued the following joint statement today (July 14) on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind a directive that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools held all classes online due to COVID-19: This...

ISS Update: Fall 2020 Government Guidance, July 10, 2020

We want to reassure you that the entire UCR community, the University California System and educators across the U.S. continue to advocate for changes to the recently announced governmental guidance impacting F-1 international students. We are on your side. The University of California system announced plans to sue the federal government over the policies. A...
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