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Contact Information:
If you have questions about the IPG program, please contact Dr. Zahra Ahmed, Coordinator,
International Peer Group, at ahmedz@uci.edu or (949) 824-6776







International Peer Group

IPG's mission is to assist UCI's international freshmen in making a smooth transition into university life. IPG provides both academic and social support in order to engage our international students in UCI’s vibrant campus life and help them create solid relationships in their new environment. IPG is based on strong mentor/mentee relationships that encourage cultural exploration as well as academic and personal success. Through IPG, all students have a chance to create new friendships and develop their skills and knowledge in order to ensure academic, social and professional achievement at UCI. 


IPG is hiring Mentors and Coords for the 15-16 academic year.  Domestic and international students may apply.  We are looking for students with the following characteristics:

  • Committed:  IPG Mentors and Coords feel a genuine responsibility and connection to the IPG program and to their mentees.  Our mentors have the desire to give back to the UCI community by helping our first year international students succeed.
  • Empathetic: We look for students who genuinely care about the experience of our first year international students and make a strong effort to help them feel comfortable at UCI and in the US.
  • Campus Leaders: IPG Mentors and Coords are student leaders who are confident and connected with our campus and our surrounding community.  They also serve as role models to help their mentees build leadership skills.
  • Creative: IPG Mentors and Coords are be willing and able to take the lead in organizing multiple academic and social events with their mentees throughout the academic year. 
  • Motivated: IPG Mentors and Coords strive for academic, professional, and personal success and they have the desire and ability to guide their mentees to achieve success as well. 


Training & Time Commitment:

All Mentors and Coords must be able to do the following:

  • Participate in a group interview.  Dates and times TBD.
  • Applicants for Coordinator position must also be able to participate in a follow up interview with IPG administrative staff.
  • Attend Mentor Training during the week of September 8-11 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Training is paid.
  • Work during the International Student Orientation (ISO) - week of September 14-18.  This includes some evening and night hours.
  • IPG Mentors work 10 hours per week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. 
  • IPG Mentor Coordinators may work up to 15 hours per week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required. 


Review the IPG Mentor & Coordinator job description HERE

Apply to be an IPG Mentor! Click HERE to go to the online application.  Don't forget to upload your resume'!

Apply to be a Mentor Coordinator: Click HERE to go to the online application.  Don't forget to upload your resume'!

* If you are studying abroad and you won't return until the summer, IPG will be conducting a second round of interviews during the summer.  Please complete the application(s) now and indicate if you are currently studying abroad and wish to be interviewed over the summer. 

All applications and resumes are due by Wed. April 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

"All About IPG"

Learn about IPG in our new video filmed by our own mentor staff.  A special thank you to Linny Tran for directing and editing our first-ever promo video.

Thanks to Araceli Rossi from UCI's Career Center for leading IPG's "Hands-On Resume Building Workshop" on January 28.

View her PowerPoint presentation on Resume Basics! 

Additional cover letter, resume, and professional development resources are available on IPG's Mentee Resources page.

We're in the News: IPG Receives UCI Recognition

UCI examines IPG's special role in helping international freshmen thrive in and outside of the classroom in a featured online article.


IPG features several types of activities which help mentees become adjusted to life at UCI.

Individual and Small Group Meetings:
Mentors and mentees meet every other week to get to know one another.  Examples include:

  • Mentors and mentees can meet individually for coffee on campus.
  • Mentors can meet with mentees in “mentor families”, or small groups.
  • Mentors can show mentees around UCI's campus.
  • Mentors can invite mentees to go out with friends.


Large Group IPG Events:
All IPG mentors, mentees and other UCI students can come together for large group events.  These include academic and social events.  Examples include:

  • Welcome Week events
  • International Education Week
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Thanksgiving Potluck
  • Holiday Party

Mentors provide a variety of academic services:

  • Help mentees understand UCI's academic culture.
  • Review class notes.
  • Review essays.
  • Help set up individual tutoring sessions through LARC and other resources.
  • Connect mentees with the Campus Writing Center.
  • Attend professor’s or TA’s office hours with mentees.
  • Provide flexible office hours to meet.
  • Help mentees create assignment / exam schedules.
  • Practice English with mentees.
  • Link mentees to other relevant campus resources.
  • Discuss experiences studying or living abroad.
  • Provide referrals to other campus services. 
  • Serve as a general resource to help mentees adapt to UCI.

Mentor Office Hours:
IPG mentors are available to meet with mentees in convenient, public places on campus to discuss academic questions and concerns. Mentors have office hours once /week during the afternoon and once/week in the evening hours. 

Download IPG's brochure


Sign up for IPG: 
If you are an international student and would like to be matched with a mentor, please contact Dr. Zahra Ahmed,
Coordinator of IPG at: uciinternationalpeergroup@gmail.com

Opt out of IPG:
If you do not want to participate in IPG, CLICK HERE to opt out of the program.  You may return to IPG at any time by contacting IPG staff.

Contact Us:

Zahra Ahmed: Director, Office of Civic & Community Engagement- ahmedz@uci.edu

Stefani Tran: Administrative Assistant, International Peer Group- stefanit@uci.edu

IPG's email is uciinternationalpeergroup@gmail.com.  Our phone number is (949) 824-2422.

Find Us: 

IPG is located in The Office of Civic & Community Engagement, Suite 3020, in the Anteater Instruction & Research Building (AIRB).  AIRB is building #653 on campus maps.  It is attached to the Anteater Parking Structure.


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