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Experience California

Experience California

Enjoy everything Southern California has to offer from your base in the heart of it all!

World-class cities, beautiful beaches and breathtaking national parks are all within reach of UCR. Come see why California is the number one U.S. destination for international students. Riverside’s ideal location offers easy access to some of the best U.S. destinations. You will be a quick drive from Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Orange County, Joshua Tree National Park, and several Southern California Beaches.

As a UCR IEP student, you will interact and make friends with classmates from around the world, and of course, local American students. The IEP Activities Office provides cultural events and activities designed to help you engage with the campus, and discover the best of Southern California, including:

  • Tours of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs
  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios
  • Whale watching
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Orange County beach trips
  • Los Angeles Angels baseball games
  • Conversation Coffeehouse
  • R’ International Friends American conversation program
  • Free local shopping shuttles
  • Downtown Riverside Arts Walk
  • On-campus intramural sports and activities
  • Over 500 campus clubs and organizations for you to join

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