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Dulce Dorado - UC San Diego. La Jolla, CA, US

Dulce Dorado

Director of the International Students and Programs Office | UC San Diego


Dulce Amor L. Dorado is the Director of the International Students and Programs Office at the University of California San Diego.







UC San Diego Inclusive Excellence Awardee Dulce Amor L. Dorado - 2019 Coronavirus Webinar: Campus Preparedness Efforts and Support for Students Return to Learn: Student Town Hall (December 8)




Dulce Amor L. Dorado is the Director of the International Students and Programs Office at the University of California San Diego. Her 20+ year career in international education has included a variety of responsibilities such as leading a comprehensive international student service office at a large, public institution; advising international students in English language programs; advising study abroad students pursuing year-long, semester, or faculty-led programs; teaching English at a public high school through the Japanese Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program; coordinating institutional partnership development and relations, and developing innovative programs to retain and engage international students in campus life. Dulce has also presented at numerous NAFSA: Association of International Educator's national and regional conferences on issues of recruitment, engagement, academic performance, immigration and regulatory compliance, cultural integration, data analysis, and retention of international students.

Areas of Expertise (3)

International Student Services

Immigration Policy

International Education

Accomplishments (1)

2019 Inclusive Excellence Award (professional)

UC San Diego

Education (2)

University of California San Diego: BA, Political Science

Minor in Japanese Studies

California State University San Marcos: MBA, Business Administration

Affiliations (2)

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators : Management Trainer
  • Global Alliance for International Student Advancement (GAISA) : Advisory Council Member

Media Appearances (10)

Going to college over Zoom is exhausting. It's worse in a 16-hour time difference: 'I feel like a vampire'

USA Today  online


“We learned our lesson last time,” says Dulce Dorado, director of International Students & Programs at UC-San Diego. “We became aware pretty quickly that first-year international students, who have never been to the U.S., don’t know we ‘fall back’ or ‘spring forward’ – and why would they?”

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Stranded international college students feel abandoned. They are suing the US government.

USA Today  online


At UC-San Diego, international students make up almost one fifth of the university's student population. That number hasn't dropped significantly according to Dulce Dorado, the director of the International Students & Programs Office, but it's hard to know the actual, physical location of students because they self-report: some are on campus, some might be in other U.S. locations and some could be stuck in their home countries.

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International Student Stay in US May Be Restricted to 4 Years

UCSD Guardian  online


“We have fielded numerous questions from students who are concerned about the negative impact on their studies and ability to remain in the U.S. to complete their academic programs,” ISPO Director Dulce Amor L. Dorado said in an email to The UCSD Guardian. “We want to assure students that we stand firmly in support of our international community. As Tritons, we recognize and value the many significant contributions you have made to our campus, greater community, and country.”

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U.S. universities adapt to help international students

U.S. Embassy in Georgia  online


There are more than 1 million international students enrolled in U.S. higher-education institutions, according to the nonprofit Institute of International Education. They contributed more than $46 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. They are an integral part of U.S. college life and, like American students, are eager to pursue their studies. International students “contribute greatly to this country’s intellectual and cultural vibrancy,” said Dulce Dorado, director of the University of California San Diego’s international students program.

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San Diego Universities ‘Surprised’ By New Trump Policy On Student Visas

KPBS  online


“The announcement on Monday came as a surprise to us in higher education,” said Dulce Dorado, the director of the International Students and Programs Office at UC San Diego. “Our quarter doesn’t begin until late September so there’s still some time to assess what enrollment looks like and what course offerings need to be adjusted.”

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Fewer international students expected to return to colleges in California and nation, hurting finances

EdSource  online


For the upcoming school year, UC San Diego, for example, anticipates a drop in international enrollment, according to Dulce Dorado, director of the international students and programs office.

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To stay in America, or go home? Coronavirus pandemic brings stress, fear for international students.

USA Today  online


“The practical reality is that our international students have challenges in doing that,” said Dulce Dorado, the director of international students and programs at UC-San Diego, where almost 9,000 international students are enrolled, nearly one-third of the university’s total population. “Some of them are from areas that were really high impacted, and they can’t relocate because of high risk.”

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Two Iranian UCSD Students Barred From Fall Quarter Due to Visa Being Unexpectedly Revoked

The Triton  online


The UCSD Director of International Students & Programs Office, Dulce Dorado, told The Triton in an email that the office has sent letters of support for visa renewal for the two affected students. Director Dorado hopes that they will be able to begin their studies in Winter Quarter 2020.

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New School Year Comes With Stiffer Penalties For Foreign Scholars Who Overstay Visas

KPBS  online


“The accrual of unlawful presence is a radical shift from more than 20 years of policy guidance,” said Dulce Dorado, director of UC San Diego’s International Students and Programs Office.

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UCSD invites families to host international students for Thanksgiving

La Jolla Light  online


After the success of its inaugural Thanksgiving Exchange last year, UC San Diego is seeking La Jolla families to host international students on Thanksgiving Day. International Center Director Dulce Dorado said familes can host as many students as they like. “It could be as simple as inviting them over for the meal itself ... or it could be for the preparation of the meal, too. Depending on the family, students could spend a few hours or an entire day,” she said.

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Articles (1)

Academic Achievement and Demographics of International Undergraduates

Exploring the Social and Academic Experiences of International Students in Higher Education Institutions

Are international undergraduates whose native language is not English less prepared to succeed academically at an American four-year institution after transferring from an American community college than ones who are first-time freshmen (NFRS) or exchange visitors (EAPR)? This question's answer was no at an American West Coast public university where five cohorts of international transfer undergraduates (TRAN) earned mean first-year grade point averages (GPA) between B- and B. Less than 12% of these students earned GPAs below C, and less than 15% were in bad academic standing (probation, subject to disqualification, or dismissed).

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