The UC Irvine Graduate Division is proud to present the Taste of America program to the local community. This new program connects international students with local families over dinner and expands the educational experience beyond the campus and into the local community.

The first months in the U.S. are the most critical time of cultural adjustment for international students. They are curious about the American way of life and eager to develop connections. Taste of America matches small groups of appreciative international students (2-5 per group) with local residents for a home-cooked meal.

Students and hosts will be exposed to diverse cultures, can share customs and traditions, and will expand personal networks locally and globally. This will be a casual dinner filled with great conversations and camaraderie.

A dinner can be hosted on one night during the following weeks based on availability.

·         November 23rd – November 24th (Thanksgiving Holiday)

·         November 30th – December 4th

Please share this opportunity through your organization communication systems. Interested members can complete an online application to assist with the student-host matching process by Friday, November 13, 2015.


For questions, contact Gabriella Pham, International Student Support Officer at or (949) 824-9295.