Our vision is to enhance UCR’s position as an outstanding public research university by building a vibrant community where global knowledge, peoples, ideas, and skills are constantly evolving.
We believe international experiences are essential to professional and personal success in our increasingly global society.
How You Can Get Involved
Our Four Functional Areas
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International Affairs Leadership and Administration
International Affairs infuses a global dimension into the different aspects of UC Riverside, including teaching, research, and engagement. We work to elevate the university’s international profile, enhance UCR’s global impact, and expand outreach to community leaders, international alumni, and research partners around the world.
Education Abroad advises and supports students on outbound international programs and facilitates faculty-led education abroad programs at UC Riverside. We are UCR students' gateway to high-quality international opportunities offered through academic coursework, experiential learning, and cultural / language immersion.
We want UCR students to acquire skills necessary to succeed in a global marketplace through:
- transformative cross-cultural experiences
- foreign language learning
- identifying, articulating, and reflecting on their own values and beliefs while interacting with people of different cultures and contexts
We provide student support services, including advising, program counseling, and resource sharing. We also welcome UCR and non-UCR collaboration. Please let us know if you are interested in a class or conference presentation, facilitating new education abroad opportunities, or helping your students navigate the education abroad application process.
International Students and Scholars
International Students and Scholars (ISS) advises, supports, and guides UCR international faculty, scholars, and students from more than 70 countries. In addition to providing legal and administrative guidance, we also offer programs to help our international cohort successfully integrate into the UCR community, get support, and adapt to life in the United States.
All UCR students are welcome to get involved with our intercultural programs. We are also happy to assist faculty and staff who are exploring ways to support our growing international student and scholar population.
Strategic Initiatives and International Recruitment
The Strategic Initiatives and International Recruitment at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) plays a vital role in the institution's commitment to diversity and excellence in higher education. This department is responsible for overseeing all international student recruitment strategies and activities for the university, ensuring a diverse and vibrant student body that enriches the educational experience for all.
Working in close collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate Division, the Strategic Initiatives and International Recruitment office focuses on enhancing recruitment, outreach, and admission of international students. This involves overseeing all aspects of international recruitment, from planning and executing recruitment strategies to evaluating their effectiveness through yield efforts, travel, and related events.
To ensure alignment with UCR's comprehensive strategic enrollment plan, the department sets international recruitment priorities and goals, providing a clear vision for the university's global engagement. Regular tracking of long-term recruitment plans is implemented, with adjustments made as needed to guarantee goal attainment and continuous improvement.
Building and strengthening relationships with campus and community partners is a key aspect of the department's work. This includes assisting individual colleges in meeting university admissions goals and establishing partnerships with international university and high school to create recruitment pipelines. Under the leadership of the Vice Provost of International Affairs, the department oversees, evaluates, and manages an institutional partner network, while also contributing to development efforts.
The Strategic Initiatives and International Recruitment office is also actively engaged in securing extramural support for the university. This involves developing proposals to funding agencies that further UCR's mission to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment, thereby ensuring the institution remains at the forefront of international student recruitment and global academic excellence.