UCI International Center


International Students Transitioning to Educational and Personal Success

Interest Form will be available in August

I-STEPS is a 10-week course designed specifically for new, first-year, International students. This course provides them opportunities to:

  • Learn more about U.S. culture in a comfortable environment
  • Receive tips and suggestions on how to succeed academically and socially at UCI
  • Create a network of friends, staff, and faculty at UCI
  • Explore on-campus resources and services

In Winter 2024: Career Development & Preparation

  • I-STEPS will host a variety of topics that are focused in career development and preparation to support international students' professional and personal goals. Students will learn about UCI resources, develop awareness for the U.S. job practices, and develop personal job search strategies during class.


Featured topics in Fall Quarter:

  • Time Management
  • Utilizing UCI Libraries
  • Health & Wellness
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Success in the U.S. Classroom
  • Your Immigration Status 
  • and much more!

Featured topics in Winter Quarter:

  • Resumes/Cover Letter
  • Applying for Internships
  • Understanding U.S. Employment
  • Networking
  • Successful Interviews
  • and more!

Course Requirements:

  • Only once a week for 50 minutes
  • Receive 1.3 pass/no pass units
  • No Exams! All levels of English welcomed!

Fall 2023 Quarter I-STEPS Class Schedule. 

Day Time Location* Section
Mondays 11:00am-11:50am Anteater Learning Pavilion  86050
Tuesdays 10:00am-10:50am Anteater Learning Pavilion 


Tuesdays 4:00pm-4:50pm Natural Sciences 1 (near School of Biological Sciences) 86053
Fridays 10:00am-10:50am Anteater Learning Pavilion  86060
*Note: Location will be sent to enrolled students closer to the start of the course

Interested? Fall 2023 is now OPEN. CLICK HERE for Fall 2023 interest form.
Authorization Codes will be sent after completion of the Interest form.

What Past I-STEPS Students Have Said:

"I-STEPS helped me overcome my homesickness. Lets me know how to get involved on campus."
“I think it was how the course was stress free and I was able to learn valuable lessons. The class was also very engaging and inclusive.”
“I think the most interesting part is that me and my classmates can discuss and become true friends after class.”
“Thank you for your work so much. I really learn a lot. This course helps me enhance my study efficiency and enjoy my campus life.”
"The atmoshphere. Our instructors were super nice & reacted well to any concerns/problems I had."
“Learning skills that would help with job. As well as learning new informations without much extra pressure or work load.”
“I got to meet new friends from around the world”
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact icprograms@uci.edu

Check out photos from International Center Programs & Activities our Facebook page!