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Have Fun, Make Friends, Practice Your English

One of the best parts of being part of UCR IEP is the chance to meet and mingle with your fellow students from all over the world. Organized trips include transportation and are offered at a special student rate. UCR IEP also schedules parties and cultural events throughout the year in celebration of different cultures and U.S. holidays.

Riverside is an affordable, internationally minded city that has 300 days of sunshine each year, and 51 parks.

  • Swim and surf at the beaches, or play golf or tennis, year-round.
  • Hike, ski or snowboard in the mountains.
  • Stargaze or camp in the desert.
  • Take a picnic to the park.
  • Bike, skate or challenge your friends to a game of basketball.

Free social events are held every quarter.

  • Celebrate different cultures and U.S. holidays.
  • Attend a dance or karaoke party.
  • Join game nights, luncheons, and many other fun events.

On the weekends or after class, join an optional group trip arranged by IEP, such as:

  • Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Sea World.
  • Ontario Mills or Cabazon outlet shopping.
  • Hollywood, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Yosemite and more!

What You Need to Know

  1. Take as many trips as you want at special student rates.
  2. Each trip fee includes transportation, escorts and entrance fees.
  3. IEP trip availability and prices are subject to change. Tour schedules change regularly and not every tour will be offered during every program.

Download the most recent IEP Social & Cultural Activities Office calendar to find out about current offerings.

Students who have taken an 8/10-week program, can participate in our free American Conversation Partner Program.

  • Get matched with an American student or community member who wants to learn about your culture.
  • Practice your English with a native speaker during weekly conversations.
  • Make friends, and learn more about American culture.

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