Graduate Student and Scholar Programs

We offer various programs for graduate students and scholars that provide opportunities for networking and building friendships. Programs include: UCLA After Hours Happy Hour Series, graduate student Global Siblings Family, Travel*Mate Trip, UCLA Connect for spouses and children, and more! Don’t miss out on these great ways to connect with graduate students and scholars from outside your department! As our events are open to all graduate students and scholars (both domestic and international), they are also great ways to meet people from around the world!

Important: please note that for some of these programs, you are required to be 21 years of age or older to attend.

UCLA After Hours

We know it can be difficult as graduate students and scholars to find time to socialize and make new friends outside of your department. Finding time to decompress, laugh, and get off campus is an important part in staying happy and healthy while at UCLA. For this reason, we have our UCLA After Hours Happy Hour series! Every quarter, we host happy hours at different locations around West LA that are sure to get you mixing and mingling with your fellow Bruins! 

Global Siblings Grad Family

Looking for a way to connect with other graduate students from around the world? The Global Siblings program pairs one international student with one domestic student for the academic year! This provides participants the opportunity to learn about the culture of their "sibling" as well as teach their sibling about their own culture and interests. In addition, Global sibling pairs are placed into the larger Grad Family. The Grad Family is led by student coordinators who plan events and programs for the family members ranging from happy hours, to hikes, to food tours, and more! The program is an awesome opportunity to meet students from different backgrounds and majors across campus! For more information and to apply, please see the main Global Siblings page.

Grad and Scholar Travel*Mate Trip

Each year we provide at least one Travel*Mate Trip exclusively for graduate students and scholars. These overnight trips pair participants with someone from a different home country to provide an opportunity to learn about someone from a different culture. Past Travel*Mate Trips have brought participants to San Diego, Temecula, and Las Vegas. These trips are designed for you to visit new places in the United States while making a ton of new friends!

Trips are generally ALL-INCLUSIVE, meaning the price of your ticket includes transportation to/from the city, lodging, most meals on the trip, and all activities!


UCLA Connect

UCLA Connect is a network of relocated spouses and partners of UCLA affiliates that have recently relocated to Los Angeles. This group is coordinated by its members in conjunction with the Dashew Center. The group provides support to group members during their transition to LA, and is a great way to create a new network of friends! UCLA Connect organizes both social events, such as happy hours, hikes, and museum visits, as well as workshops to help members advance their skills.

The group welcomes any nationality (including US spouses), and most of their events are open to children as well!

Join UCLA Connect for their weekly casual get-together during the academic year on Fridays at 11 AM in the Dashew Center Lobby, and join their Facebook group “UCLA Connect” to stay up to date on all their events! Weekly UCLA Connect meetings will resume for the 2018-19 academic year on October 5th, 2018.