FRESH Basic Needs Hub
FRESH offers emergency food and toiletries, connects students to critical on and off-campus resources, and provides educational opportunities for students to take personal responsibility for their wellness and the well-being of their communities. We are a home for all students, a collaborative space for innovative solutions, and an advocate for social justice and equity.
Health & Wellness
Graduate school can be tough, so we provide support along the way. Many services offered facilitate work/life balance. At UC Irvine we believe that healthy Anteaters are productive Anteaters. Explore how our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars stay healthy, focused and energized.
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
UC Irvine’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a comprehensive healthcare package that offers valuable benefits and services to graduate, medical and law students. Students enrolled in the SHIP program have the option of enrolling their dependents in a separate UCI Dependent Health Insurance Plan, which offers both a PPO medical plan and an HMO dental plan.
The Counseling Center offers several Support Groups for students to learn from one another and work on personal problems in a helpful group setting. The Dissertation Support Group, LGBTQ Discussion Group, Graduate Women’s Therapy Group and others address some of the most pressing issues for students.
DreamERs Resource Office
Dreamers’ Resource Office is dedicated to serving the AB540 and undocumented student population through advocacy, guidance, and support. The programs and services are designed for students to achieve academic, personal, and professional excellence.
Student Parent Resources
Childbirth Accommodation & Childcare Reimbursement
Consistent with UC Irvine’s priority for establishing and encouraging family-friendly policies, Academic Student Employees (ASE) and Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) appointed for a minimum 25% time for the duration of the academic quarter can seek reimbursement of eligible childcare expenses incurred during their appointment period up to $1100 per quarter. Graduate Student fellows are also eligible to request reimbursement for childcare expenses incurred during the academic year. Please visit the Graduate Division website to review the university policy, obtain the necessary forms, and learn more.
Dependent Care Reimbursement Program
The DepCare FSA allows you to pay for eligible expenses for care of your child or eligible adult dependent on a pretax basis. As a result, your salary is reduced before taxes are assessed, and you pay less in taxes. The DepCare FSA for Academic Student Employees is designed to serve the academic student employees (ASEs) represented by the UAW as well as non-represented academic student employees, including Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs). Learn more here
The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion is proud to offer a lactation station for the campus community. This is a quiet, comfortable, secure room where moms can breastfeed or pump for their child. Refrigeration for pumped milk is also available. A diaper changing station is located adjacent to the space. In addition, we have informational resources on pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Please contact Geneva Lopez-Sandoval, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, if you are in need of breastfeeding/pumping accommodations within the School of Education.
International Students' Resources
The International Center advances and facilitates international engagement at UCI to enhance the academic and personal experience of the international community. The International Center staff is committed to serving campus constituents through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach
International Center Programs & Activities
International Center programs and activities provide students, scholars, staff and faculty the opportunity to engage in intercultural learning while fostering skills and knowledge related to international education.