UC San Diego Extension International Programs welcomes international students to campus

americanflagLast night, we witnessed the democratic election of the new U.S. President. Some people are fearful of this outcome. Please remember that the U.S. has political checks and balances in place to protect our political policies and culture from any ‘radical’ changes. The U.S. follows their constitution, and it cannot be changed. Please remember that you are in California, where the people are open, kind, and welcoming to international students. Thank you, for choosing California and UC San Diego Extension International Programs as your study abroad destination. We value your contribution to the diversity of our student demographic, research, ideas, and education system. For this reason we will continue to welcome you to UC San Diego Extension International Programs in the great state of California.

Kind regards,
UC San Diego External Relations Team

Work taking place on the IP Website on October 15, 2016

This Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 3 pm – midnight (PST) there will be some network maintenance which might make our IP website unavailable for a few hours.


We apologize for this inconvenience. By Sunday our website will be available again.  Thank you for your understanding and for promoting our programs.

If you have any questions or concerns, email us at ipinfo@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Extension International Programs is coming to a city near you!

Are you interested in studying in one of many UC San Diego Extension International Programs’ English language, university credit, and/or professional certificate programs? Would you like to talk to someone, in person, about the differences between programs and how to apply? You are in luck! UC San Diego Representatives, Gwen, Joy, Ivana, Bernardita, and Roxanne are preparing to travel to a city near you. Come visit and talk to us during one of the following student fairs, conferences, or workshops:

October fair and conference dates will be listed September 16, 2016.

For more details about the location of each event click on the hyperlink. For more information about how to apply to our programs contact ipinfo@ucsd.edu.

We hope to see YOU somewhere in the world, and eventually on our beautiful UC San Diego campus!

– Gwen, Joy, and Ivana

Need English? Come study English at UC San Diego’s English Language Institute (ELI)!


Need to improve your writing, speaking, or reading skills? Enroll into one of many English language programs and courses offered at UC San Diego’s very own English Language Institute (ELI). English language courses and programs are offered in the following areas of study:

  • Conversation and Fluency
  • Communication and Culture
  • Intensive Academic English
  • Intensive Business English
  • Intensive Legal English
  • Intensive TOEFL Preparation
  • University Preparation Academy
  • and more!

We still have space available in our 10-week English language programs offered in the Fall 2016 quarter, beginning this September 19, 2016. Contact ipinfo@ucsd.edu for details on how to apply.

Beyond borders: First-time program gives students from Mexico a taste of American college life and culture

Building bridges not walls with Mexico through UC San Diego Extension’s Academic Connections International.

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Fifteen-year-old Rito Cervera Romero, who lives in the small town of San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, México, recently enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to study abroad at an American university.

“This is a unique opportunity, and I am very proud to be part of this program,” he said during a break from his intensive bilingual literature class. “I wasn’t considering taking English (at this age), but now I would like to take an English course when I go back to Mexico. I want to keep practicing what I learned here. English is an important language to know.”

Centro Fox Students 2- PC Marco Huerta Alardin Photo courtesy of instructor Marco Huerta Alardin

Cervera was one of 17 high schoolers who were part of a new partnership between UC San Diego Extension and Fundación Vamos México, a program of Centro Fox, a nonprofit started by former Mexico President Vincente Fox and his wife, Marta. The nonprofit…

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Speed dating, a good free speech activity for a communicative classroom.

Kirstin Barnhart, Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) student, decided to pursue her Professional Certificate in TEFL for many reasons. She plans to finish her certificate in December 2016. We began her story in June. (Click here to read her last blog.) Let’s see what she’s up to…



August 20, 2016

TEFL classes are very busy- we have final exams and lesson plan presentations this upcoming week.

Q: What has been your favorite class/teacher/interaction?

A favorite class interaction was when we did “Speed Dating” in Speaking class. We were reviewing some model activities from lesson plans. In this activity, students were given role cards that gave information about who they were supposed to be and a short description about the type of person they are looking to date. We then had to take on the persona of that person and find our most ideal date. This activity was very fun and would make a good free speech activity for a communicative classroom.

Q: Do you feel more prepared to go out into the world and try and teach?

I think that these TEFL classes are preparing me well. We often have to present activities or lesson plans to the class; these presentations have improved my public speaking skills quite a bit. Also, the instructors give helpful feedback about our lessons/presentations.

– Kirstin Barnhart

Follow Kirstin’s TEFL Journey. We will post updates every month about her experience in the TEFL Professional Certificate program. Would you like more information about how you can join the TEFL Certificate program? Contact us!

From Brazil to California: Professionals take educational journey to gain U.S. career opportunities

Brazilian professionals gain US career opportunities through UCSD Extension International Programs Business Certificate programs

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by Melissa Jones

The decision to jump on a corporate jet to interview in San Francisco at the headquarters of one of the fastest growing communications companies in California wasn’t an easy one.

Instead, it was part of an ongoing transformational journey that began in Curitiba, Brazil, where Amadeu dos Santos made the decision to learn U.S. business practices.

Amadeu dos Santos Junior Amadeu dos Santos

“In Brazil, I worked for a fast-paced telecom company where things moved along so quickly, it was a great work experience and even though I was in a consistent position in my career I knew that something had to be done in order to continuously grow” said dos Santos.

Understanding the abrupt nature of business environments, he knew it would soon be necessary to learn about the U.S. business culture to gain global perspective and earn the potential to advance within the human resources profession.

Following a recent…

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