English-in-Action (EIA) Tutor Program

About the program

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The International Students & Programs Office's English-in-Action (EIA) tutor program matches international students, scholars and spouses with volunteer tutors to help our international visitors with conversational English language skills, simultaneously helping them to acquire a better understanding of American culture and to acclimate more quickly to their new environment. Our tutors are community members, faculty, staff, and students.
Conversation partners usually meet for 1.5 to 2 hours per week at the International Students & Programs Office or at another location that is convenient for both. The EIA program is a rewarding learning experience for the international guest and volunteer, as they both gain considerable cultural insight and a deeper understanding and appreciation for diversity.

Need a tutor?

The EIA Program is NOT currently accepting applications due to I20 issuance of incoming Fall 2017 students.  Please come back to this page on September 1st to apply for a tutor. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator at iprograms@ucsd.edu.

Who is eligible?

  • Enrolled, degree-seeking, UC San Diego international undergraduate and graduate students
  • Non-degree seeking EAP students
  • UC San Diego affiliated post-doctorates and research scholars, including GLI students
  • Spouses of UC San Diego affiliated international students, post-doctorates, and research scholars

Note: There is a $80 ONE-TIME fee for:

  • UC San Diego affiliated post-doctorates
  • Research scholars, which includes visiting students from Global Leadership Institute (GLI)
  • Visiting graduate students
  • Spouses of J-1 visiting scholars or F-1 international students

(Applicants may meet weekly with the tutor for up to a year)

Who is NOT eligible?

  • UC San Diego Extension Students from English Language Institute and Certificate programs
  • Non-UC San Diego affiliated researchers (The Scripps Research Institute, Salk, Burnham, V.A. Hospital)
  • Children of UC San Diego-affiliated international students, post-doctorates, and research scholars
  • Permanent Residents
  • Citizens of the US who have a US passport

Are you looking for additional English language Resources?  Clickhere for a list of additional community and campus resources.

Want to be a tutor?

Help an international student, scholar, or spouse improve conversational English skills and become more familiar with the American culture. Training is provided to all tutors, as well as materials and resources to assist you in your tutoring sessions. Please visit http://bit.ly/English-in-ActionTutorApplication to fill out an application. A mandatory waiver form is required to be submitted along with the application.

We are accepting new tutor applications, but due to issuance of new international student I20 documents this summer, there will be no orientations until October. We will email you at that time with orientation dates.

Over 300 tutors participate in the program yearly volunteering over 2,000 hours per month.  Our volunteer tutors help over 400  international students and scholars each year improve their English skills and acclimate them to UC San Diego. Please visit our Tutor Experiences page to hear what past and current tutors have shared about the EIA program.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator at iprograms@ucsd.edu.

Your commitment:

  • One orientation session (mini orientations are scheduled weekly)
    (approximately one hour)
  • One and a half to two hours per week tutoring

Who is eligible?

  • Local community members
  • UC San Diego staff, faculty, and students
  • Anyone who has interest and empathy in helping our international community acclimate better to their new environment by helping them with their English language skills

Benefits of being an EIA tutor

  • You create long-lasting friendships
  • You learn about other cultures and backgrounds
  • You develop a skill-set as global citizens to help you prepare for your travels and/or studies abroad

A successful EIA tutor has...

Time: Tutors and student meet once a week for approximately two hours. At least a one-year commitment to the tutoring program is requested, but any help is deeply appreciated.

Patience: Tutors have to understand that learning a language is not easy. There will be times of forward progress, as well a series of spurts, stalls, even regressions.

Empathy: Tutors should know that EIA applicants are educated people, who may be experiencing difficulties in communicating their ideas and thoughts in our culture and academic environment.

Passion: Tutors have a desire to help those in need while fostering cross-cultural exchange.

For more information:

Contact iprograms@ucsd.edu

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Olga Krambs

Olga Krambs has been a licensed and certified speech pathologist for over 30 years and has retired twice.  She says that the work she does now as a tutor is very different from what she did professionally, and now loves the new focus.  Read more . . . 

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Nan Zou

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