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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.
  • Our international student peer coaches are NASPA Certified Peer Educators trained through our College of Reading and Learning Association certified program. Through peer coaching, we offer academic support, information, skill development, and advocacy that inspires and empowers first-year and transfer international college students, and to equip them with tools to successfully navigate their college life and beyond.
  • Students participating in our program can receive credit towards their Globally Engaged Tritons (GET) Co-Curricular Record (CCR) when they meet with their coach in one-on-one appointments (up to 10 hours over the academic year) and by attending our events and our partners’ within the GET collective! Learn more about GET CCR by clicking the logo below.





Program Coordinator

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

2020 International Transfer Peer Coaches

  • 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.

    Top goals for the year: Get talent representation and provide the voice for an original character in a video game/animation!

    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: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China.

    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.

    Top goals for the year: Get into grad school and stay healthy and well!

    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.

Make an Appointment with your International Peer Coaches

Make an Appointment with your International Transfer Peer Coaches

  • Lauren Choo

  • Yuxin Liu

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 your peer coaches by joining their International Peer Coaching Virtual Community on Microsoft Teams!


International Peer Coaching Virtual Resources

  • Zoom - One-on-One Peer Coaching

    Zoom - One-on-One Peer Coaching

    Our International Peer Coaches offer one-on-one virtual peer coaching through Zoom video and Microsoft Team video.

  • Microsoft Teams - Virtual Community

    Microsoft Teams - Virtual Community

    Through Microsoft Teams, our students can engage with their fellow first year international peers, peer coaches, and staff. It is a central hub for students to gain access to resources, events, and support.

  • Regional Meet-ups

    Regional Meet-ups

    Join our social events to learn, laugh, and play games with other international students, peer coaches, and staff during your regional time-zone! Check out the times and weeks below!

  • Intercultural Social Hour

    Intercultural Social Hour

    Sometimes you just need a break. At Intercultural Social Hour, you can hang out, relax, and play games while meeting new people (both international and domestic students) in a fun environment. Now that we have taken Intercultural Social Hour online, join from wherever you are and let's play across time-zones!

  • Weekly E-mails

    Weekly E-mails

    Our International Peer Coaches engage with their students through weekly personalized email messages updating on events, resources, and topical information to aid in the students’ success.