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Peer Integrators

Our Peer Integrator Team for 2014-2015 has been selected!

What is a Peer Integrator?

Peer Integrators (PIs) serve as leaders for the Fall and Spring International Student Orientation AND as student ambassadors for the international student community. The PI program requires a 1-year commitment from participants. PIs will provide new international students with the information needed to successfully begin their college experience by introducing new international students to the campus and its resources. In the process, PIs will develop program development, leadership, teamwork, and cross-cultural skills throughout the program. Students with international and/or intercultural experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The Peer Integrator program is open to both international and domestic students.

To apply, applicants must submit the following materials by Thursday, February 20 at 5 pm. There will be no extensions to this deadline.

1) A complete application form (submit online)

2) One reference form sent by campus mail, in person, or emailed directly to Noelle Sallaz, Program Director International Student Development at The reference form must come from a UA employee such as an advisor, professor, teaching assistant, or work supervisor.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted and invited for an in-person interview that will take place the week of February 24. If you are unable to interview during this time, unfortunately we will not be able to consider your application. Final decisions will be made by the end of February.

Note: If you have already served as a PI, you do not need to submit references again but may have to interview again. In addition to the application, please attach a 1-page statement explaining your greatest accomplishment during the PI program, places for self- improvement and ideas for orientation and the PI program.

Applicants must:
• Be attending class at UA in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
• Have been at UA since at least Fall 2013
• Be in good academic standing (GPA of at least 2.50 for undergrads, 3.0 for grads)
• Be available for ALL important dates listed below.

Important Dates
Spring 2014 Semester
May 16, 2014: Mandatory Training Day (9-4 pm)

Fall 2014 Semester
August 7-11, 2014: Mandatory Training days and International Wildcat pick-up (6-8 hours daily)
August 12-14, 2014: International Orientation (12-14 hours daily)
August 15-24, 2014: Orientation Programs and Late Arrival Assistance (2-4 hours daily)
November 2014 (exact TBD): International Student Talent Show
December 11, 2014: Mandatory Training day (9-4 pm)

Spring 2015 Semester
January 5, 2015: Mandatory Training day (9-4 pm)
January 6-8, 2015: International Orientation (12-14 hours daily)
January 9-13, 2015: Orientation programs and Late Arrival Assistance (2-4 hours daily)

NOTE: PIs are required to participate in 1-2 ISS events each semester and attend 2 PI meetings each semester. Missing or being late for training days and events is unacceptable and will affect your ability to continue in the PI program. You CANNOT participate in the PI program if you are enrolled for Summer Session 2 or Winter Session (online classes okay).

As a Peer Integrator, your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support and assistance throughout the orientation program
  • Assisting with the preparation of orientation materials
  • Encouraging new international student participation in all orientation activities and ISS programs
  • Participate in 1 ISS program each semester. These programs may include: International Student Thanksgiving Dinner, International Games Night, trips to the Desert Museum, Air and Space Museum and local attractions, Ask a Wildcat panels and workshops, and International Friends events.
  • Assisting in the coordination and marketing of the November International Student Talent Show and 1 program for international students in the Spring
  • Attending 1-2 leadership trainings (sponsored by ISS)
  • Attending 2 PI meetings each semester

Peer Integrators for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 program will receive a total stipend of $500. Two $250 stipends will automatically post to your Bursar's account at the end of each semester.

Additional Information

For further information, please contact Noelle at or Len at

Ask a Wildcat programs

The Ask a Wildcat programs are designed to expose you to different topics specific to U.S. educational culture and American culture. Our next series of Ask a Wildcat programs, Career Services 101, will focus on career-related topics for international students. *All Ask a Wildcat programs are FREE!

Click on the image or use this link or to sign up for any (or all) of the Ask a Wildcat: Career Services 101 workshops. All workshops will be held in Career Services room 411, Student Union.

About the workshop presenter: Malo Jones is an international graduate student from Trinidad & Tobago, working in the UA Career Services office as a Career Counselor.

A staff member from International Student Services will also be present to answer any immigration-related questions.

Workshop schedule:
Monday, February 24 11:30-12:30 pm -
Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters

Wednesday, March 5 11-12 pm -
American-style Interviewing

Monday, March 31 11-12 pm - American Job Search

*For any questions, email Noelle.


Past Ask a Wildcat programs

What kinds of activities and foods are totally Tucson? Learn fun facts about the city that will be your home for the next semester, year, or few years!

Bring your questions for a panel of native Tucsonans AND try a famous Sonoran hot dog as mentioned in the New York Times.

The program will be held at La Aldea Residence Hall Community Room (enter through the doors facing Coronado residence hall).

Space will be limited to the first 30 students that sign up. To sign up, click on the flyer.

Also, all of our Ask a Wildcat programs are FREE!

Intl Friends

International Friends, Inc. is a volunteer organization composed of Tucson community members interested in meeting, assisting, and entertaining international students. The program provides opportunities for international students and community members to make acquaintances and learn about each other's culture. Activities and programs coordinated by International Friends, Inc. provide students with a personal connection to the Tucson community. The International Friends , Inc. program is not a "live-in" hosting program. Many community members often invite their assigned international students to visit them for special holidays or traditional American celebrations.

To learn more about this organization or sign up to be a member, please visit the International Friends, Inc. website, or send an email to with your mailing address and an application will be mailed to you.

Intl Student Association
International Student Association (ISA) is a University of Arizona student-run organization committed to bringing together students from around the world and facilitating cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

** OUR SLOGAN ** Meet the World!

- To foster cultural diversity by building awareness of the international cultures represented in the University of Arizona community.
- To promote the celebration of diverse traditions through various social events and activities.
- To encourage exploration of local/regional culture and customs.
- To model respect for differences and the desire to learn from each other in this community.

Membership is open to ALL students (both international and domestic, undergraduate and graduate) at the University of Arizona.
There is no membership due for Fall 2013 semester.

**Find us on Facebook**
Club Corner

Club Corner
is a designated space where UA clubs can promote upcoming events. If you are a member of a UA club recognized by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) and would like to share an event with the international student body, please submit a request using the Club Corner Request Form. You may only promote an event on our website if it has been authorized by the club's elected president and the event is open to all currently-enrolled UA students.


Monday, March 31, 2014


Hosted by the Iranian Students' Cultural Association

Monday, March 31 at 1:00 pm

On the UA Mall

Nowruz is the Persianate new year, which is celebrated in many countries, and is recognized by UNICEF as an international day. Come celebrate!

Cost: FREE!

For more information, contact Iman Daryaei at imandaryaei @


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weekly Tai Chi and Meditation Practice

Hosted by UA Tai Chi and Meditation

Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm

On the lawn southwest of the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building and east of Gould-Simpson Building

Cost: FREE

For more information, visit


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beginner Rueda de Casino Salsa Class

Hosted by Ritmos Latinos

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 7:00 pm.

McClelland Hall (South Patio)

The first day of the 13-week salsa dancing class begins on February 5th.

Cost: Free for the first class, then $30 for the semester if you decide to take the course.

For more information, email Yoga Korgaonkar at


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Good Luck Finals Potluck

Hosted by the International Student Association

Saturday, December 14 starting at 7:00 pm

La Aldea Graduate Residence Hall

Cost: FREE but please bring a dish to share

Bring a dish to share and wish each other good luck at finals!

For more information, visit


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Welcome to Arabia

Hosted by the Arabian Club

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, starting at 10 am

On the UA Mall

Cost: FREE

Be introduced to diverse Arabic culture and traditions!

For more information, email Shekhah Al Dosary at


Friday, November 1, 2013

ACSS Halloween Party

Hosted by the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (ACSS)

Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7:00 pm

Manzanita-Mohave at 1000 N. Park Avenue

Cost: $5.00

Celebrate Halloween with ACSS and enjoy fun games, delicious dinner, and a chance to win prizes for participating in the games!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jiayi Hou at


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Horror Movie/Bulgogi Night

Hosted by the Korean International Student Society (KISS)

Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Room, Student Union Memorial Center

Cost: FREE to attend, but bring $5 if you want to buy a yummy dinner of Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) over rice!

Come join KISS for a horror movie night in the spirit of Halloween! They will be showing either Cinderella or Apartment!

If you have questions about this event, please contact Angela Xayvongsack at


Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13, 2013

Worldly Dessert Booth at Tucson Meet Yourself Festival

Hosted by the International Student Association

Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13 beginning at 11:00 am

El Presidio area of Tucson Meet Yourself in downtown Tucson

Cost: FREE to attend, but you are encouraged to bring cash to buy food

Have a taste of the world at the Worldly Desserts booth operated by ISA. After dessert, check out all that Tucson Meet Yourself has to offer, including live performances, demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to celebrate the cultural diversity here in Tucson.

For more information, visit


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Noraebang/Karaoke Night!

Hosted by the Korean International Student Society (KISS)

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30

2401 E. Crystal Rapids Lane, Tucson, AZ 85718 (if you need a ride, meet at the Student Union roundabout at 6:15)

Cost: FREE!

KISS will be hosting a NORAEBANG night at their co-fundraising director's house.

If you have any questions, email Angela Xayvongsack at


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Saudi National Day Exhibit

Hosted by the Saudi Students in Tucson Club

Thursday, October 3 at 11:00 am

On the UA Mall

A Saudi mini exhibit representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's various aspects will be on display. Learn about Saudi culture and enjoy some Saudi treats.

Cost: Free!

If you have questions about this event, please email Fahd Alalwi at


Friday, September 20, 2013

International Potluck

Co-hosted by the International Student Association and Eller Global Business Leadership

Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm

La Aldea Graduate Residence Hall

Cost: FREE but you are highly encouraged to bring a food dish to share, especially if it's cuisine from your home country.

The International Potluck is a unique chance for you to have a taste of the world. Enjoy delicious food and amazing company!

Additional information is available at


Saturday, September 14, 2013

BrazMex It! (Brazilian and Mexican Independence Day Party)

Hosted by the Graduate International Association

Saturday, September 14 at 6:00 pm

College Place Tucson at 1601 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705

Cost: FREE, but please bring something to share :o)

Come celebrate Mexico and Brazil's Independence day by partiying with fellow grad students. There will be dancing, swimming poolside, and more!

Info about GaIA is available at If you have questions, please email Cica at or Mimi at


Friday, September 13, 2013

Bowling Night

Hosted by the International Student Association (ISA)

Friday, September 13 at 6:30 pm

Lucky Strike Bowl at 4015 E. Speedway - You can meet everyone at the bowling alley at 6:30, or meet at the Student Union in front of the UA BookStore at 6:00 pm and go to the bowling alley with a group.

Have a night out with fellow international students at ISA's first bowling event!

Cost: $9.51 (tax included) for 2 hour bowling ticket

More information is available at


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Downtown Walking Tour

Hosted by the International Student Association (ISA)

Saturday, August 21 at 8:20 am

Take the Sun Tran bus to Presidio Trail

Cost: $1.50 to take bus one way, and another $1.50 (exact change) to take the bus back.

More information is available at


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Concert to Welcome Students

Hosted by Alpha Omega Christian Fellowship

Tuesday, August 27 from 5 - 7 pm

U of A Mall, Main Stage

Cost: FREE


Friday, August 23, 2013 (NOTE THE NEW DATE)

Reid Park Zoo & Picnic

Hosted by the International Student Association (ISA)

Friday, August 23 at 11:20 am

Meet on campus to take a bus to Reid Park Zoo. Click on link before for more details.

Cost: $12 total. Here is a breakdown of cost: $1.50 in cash and another $1.50 in cash (exact change only) to ride bus there and back. Or purchase a SunGO pass prior to departing (cannot be purchased on the bus). An additional $8 (cash only) for admission to the zoo and $1 for the picnic.

More information is available at

Wildcats are not the only animals in the desert! We will visit Tucson's Reid Park Zoo followed by a picnic in the park. Bring you sunscreen and comfortable shoes!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Amazing Race

Hosted by the International Student Association (ISA)

Saturday, August 17 at 9:30 am

Student Union Memorial Center, in front of the UA BookStore

Cost: FREE!!

More information is available at

A challenge of speed, teamwork and quick thinking! Teams race against the clock to discover their campus as quickly as they can. Prizes will be awarded to the top team.


Friday, April 19

ISA/KISS International Film Night: A Screening of Oldboy

Hosted by the International Student Association and the Korean International Student Society

Friday, April 19 at 8:00 pm

Modern Languages Building, Room 410

Cost: $2 (includes admission plus free popcorn and a drink)

More information is available at

Come check out a special screening of Chan Wook Park's Oldboy, a world-class masterpiece and one of the best foreign-language films. Enjoy some popcorn and the company of other domestic and international students. The film will be preceded by or followed by a brief discussion about the film.


Thursday, April 4

A Night of Old West: Train Dust Town

Hosted by the International Student Association

Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 pm

Trail Dust Town/Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Cost: see webpage for details

More information available at

Hang out with fellow international students at Tucson's most popular western-themed attraction, Trail Dust Town! The tour includes dinner at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse. Don't wear a tie unless you want it to be chopped off!


Friday, March 8

International Dinner Series: Mexican Cuisine at Guadalajara Grill

Hosted by the International Student Association

Friday, March 8 at 6:30 pm

Guadalajara Grill located at 1220 E. Prince Road

Cost: pay directly to restaurant

More information available at

Hang out with international and domestic students and enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine at Guadalajara Grill, one of the most popular restaurants in Tucson!