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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. 

"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.

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.

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 Check In Sessions:
IPG mentors are available to meet with mentees in convenient, public places on campus to discuss academic questions and concerns. Mentors have check in sessions once weekly during the morning and once weekly in the afternoon hours.


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:

  • Campus tours in small groups
  • Resume-building and Cover Letter workshop
  • Huntington Beach Clean Up & Barbeque
  • Thanksgiving Potluck
  • What I Can Do With My Major workshop

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: ipg-due@uci.edu

Opt out of IPG:
If you do not want to participate in IPG, you can 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 ipg-due@uci.edu.  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.  Our mailing address is 653 E. Peltason, AIRB Suite 3020, Irvine, CA 92697.


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