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The International Peer Coach Pilot Program (IPCPP) is a collaboration between the International Students and Programs Office and the Student Success Coaching Program. This pilot is dedicated to supporting the success and retention of a cohort of international students at UC San Diego through a variety of coaching programs and services. Our hallmark approach is using coaching as a vehicle to partner with students to achieve their goals. Through coaching, we offer academic support, information, skill development, and advocacy that inspires and empowers first-year international college students, and equips them with skills to be successful in navigating their college life. We believe that through coaching, we can assist students to establish meaningful connections at UC San Diego and to develop personal and professional skills and experiences.





Program Coordinators

  • May Thach

    May Thach

    International Peer Coaching Program Coordinator

    Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida.

    What are you most looking forward to as being a part of the International Peer Coach Pilot Program: I am excited to provide an additional service to our international student population at UC San Diego! I remember how difficult it was adjusting American culture when my family and I first immigrated. As a first-generation student, learning to navigate collegiate life on my own was just as much of a challenge. From my experiences, I’ve grown and learnt tremendously. I am looking forward to helping international students grow, learn, and be successful on campus through our peer coaching pilot program.

    Top goals for the year: Develop and grow our International Peer Coaching Pilot Program, do well on my graduate studies, find an internship in Southeast Asia, and explore more of San Diego!

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Individualization, Futuristic, Responsibility, Relator, and Learner.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

2020 International Peer Coaches

  • Eni Ikuku

    Eni Ikuku

    Major & College: Mechanical Engineering, Revelle College.

    Hometown: Warri, Nigeria.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: I am looking forward to being a part of the growth of my mentees. I am very excited about seeing the effects of my influence manifest itself positively in different aspects of my mentees’ lives. I look forward to helping them feel more and more comfortable with college until they can truly consider UC San Diego another home.

    Top goals for the year: Join a professional organization, take a class completely unrelated to my major/General Education (simply out of interest), read 3 different books detailing Nigeria’s history, and expand my cooking skills.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Competition, Relator, Woo, Ideation, Self-Assurance.

    Personal gender pronouns: he/him/his.

  • Haili Song

    Haili Song

    Major & College: Psychology B.S., Marshall College.

    Hometown: Hefei, China.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: I am most looking forward to helping and talking with international students who first come to US University and solving their problems. As an international student, I have experienced the time I didn’t have anyone to talk with and I didn’t know what I should strive for my life. So I expect to provide some advice and inspirations for new incoming international students and also serve as a companion role for their first year college life.

    Top goals for the year: Get SSN, publish a paper, get my driver license, and improve my GPA in the fall quarter.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Relator, Focus, Significance, Deliberative, Learner.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Ayushi Agrawal

    Ayushi Agrawal

    Major & College: Clinical Psychology, Muir College.

    Hometown: Mexico City.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: I look forward to meeting new people from around the world and learning from them. I want to help students coming to UC San Diego fully realize the extent of opportunities available here for them to flourish!

    Top goals for the year: Go on a road trip in America, learn to cook, read through my reading list, work in a psychology research lab and get my drivers license!

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Input, Harmony, Restorative, Intellection, Analytical.

     Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Shuting Wang

    Shuting Wang

    Major & College: International Business & Political Science, Eleanor Roosevelt College.

    Hometown: Hefei, China.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: The cross-cultural experience with my fellow co-workers and mentees. Immersing in a multicultural environment will not only be a rewarding experience but also a chance for me to grow as a better person.

    Top goals for the year: Boost my GPA, get my driver’s license, and start to regularly work out, spend my money wisely and start a saving account for future needs.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Individualization, Positivity, Restorative, Empathy, Belief.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Breno Madi De Biasi

    Breno Madi De Biasi

    Major and College: Bioengineering: Biotechnology, Muir College.

    Hometown: Monte Azul Paulista, Brazil.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: Building relationships, that’s what it’s all about. I’m most excited to connect with the international class of 2023 and be part of some of the stories they are yet to tell. As an international student myself, I look forward to finding strength in diversity, courage in face of fear, and belonging in spite of our differences. Hopefully we will together, all learn something from each other and expand our perspectives. Here’s to a wholehearted year of embracing vulnerability and daring greatly!

    Top goals for the year: Hit the gym frequently, don’t eat too much Italian food, keep up with my schoolwork and extracurricular, prepare for a summer abroad in the EU, read another of Brené Brown’s books – she’s awesome! –, and spend time with people I love.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Relator, Individualization, Analytical, Discipline, Responsibility.

    Personal gender pronouns: he/him/his.

  • Huong (Vanessa) Le

    Huong (Vanessa) Le

    Major & College: International Studies-Sociology, Eleanor Roosevelt College.

    Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam.

    What are you most looking forward to in your role as an International Peer Coach: I am excited to share and learn pieces of our cultures and experiences with my fellow international students.

    Top goals for the year: Pursue a minimal-waste lifestyle, explore the culture and history of San Diego, and be able to drive on the freeway!

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Harmony, Deliberative, Individualization, Belief, Self-Assurance.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Lauren Choo

    Lauren Choo

    Major & College: Theater, with a minor in International Studies, Sixth College.

    Hometown: Singapore, Singapore.

    Transferred from: Irvine Valley College.

    The advice I have for international transfer students: Don’t wait! I know it can be intimidating to jump straight into life at UC San Diego right after transferring, but you will not have to fear about falling behind if you take every opportunity that comes to you, or make your own opportunities starting from your first quarter here at UC San Diego.

    When I'm not studying you can find me: Watching Kdramas, playing games, singing, dancing, and cooking.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Empathy, Adaptability, Communication, Developer, Arranger.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

  • Yuxin Liu

    Yuxin Liu

    Major & College: Psychology, minor in Business, Muir College.

    Hometown: Singapore, Singapore.

    Transferred from: Palomar College.

    The advice I have for international transfer students: Get connected with your professors! Go to their office hours to introduce yourself and ask questions! As a transfer student you only have one year before applying to graduate schools. Letters of recommendation are extremely important, and you want to get strong letters. Class sizes at UC San Diego are way larger compared to community colleges, so it is impossible for your professor to know you well by simply attending regular classes.

    When I'm not studying you can find me: Playing tennis.

    Strengths Finder Top 5: Strategic, Adaptability, Belief, Woo, Significance.

    Personal gender pronouns: she/her/hers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I participate in the International Peer Coaching Pilot Program?


    International Peer Coaches are international students like you who would like to help you navigate this new endeavor that is college!


    There are many reasons to participate, these are just a few of the ones our students have mentioned:

    Desire to get connected on campus.

    Interest in having a mentor who has gone through similar experiences.

    Support for adjusting to American culture.

    Help with registration tools.

    Access to academic, career-building and social resources.

    Feelings of isolation on campus.

    Feelings of struggle within coursework.

    The need for an "accountability buddy" as it relates to your time here at UC San Diego.


  • What is the time commitment?


    We encourage you to meet with your International Peer Coach 2 -3 times per quarter. Meeting times range from 30 minutes to 1 hour.


    Your coach will provide you with activities to complete that directly relate to your goals and needs. Completing these before your meetings will be helpful for you and your coach to debrief and make next steps.


    Activities might include:

    Academic and community-based programming

    Faculty office hours

    Visiting a relevant resource on campus

    Participating in major- and career-focused activities


    You can also meet with a coach for quick questions. These meetings may be drop-in during Virtual hours, reaching out to coaches through Microsoft Teams, or by appointment.


  • I live in another time zone and it's hard to make time for extra activities. What are my options?


    We can definitely accommodate you digitally! Let us know your availability.


  • How do I set up a time to meet with an International Peer Coach?


    Make an appointment here.


    You can also chat with our coaches by joining our International Peer Coaching Virtual Community!


International Peer Coaching Virtual Resources

  • We are completely virtual this Spring Quarter - please click on the resource you need to get in contact with us! We look forward to seeing you.


  • All members of our International Peer Coaching Virtual Community will be expected to follow the community guidelines below: