The International Students and Scholars office and Education Abroad office are in their new location in the Student Services Building, 2nd Floor.

Ariel view of UCR campus

Welcome to UCR International Affairs!


Dear Friends and Colleagues across the world and across campus,

Marko Princevac, Interim Vice Provost of International Affairs

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to International Affairs at UC Riverside. We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our international and domestic partners, scholars and students. The United States is known for intellectual freedom. It welcomes collaboration from all across the globe and we are here to help facilitate international exchanges of students, scholars and ideas with partner institutions. 

Our departments foster UCR’s global engagement, and our work varies in direct response to the populations we serve, be it students, faculty, visiting researchers or international collaborators. We at UCR International Affairs are here to offer advice, assistance, and guidance to help enhance UCR’s global impact through mission-driven teaching, research, and public service.

As someone who personally benefited immensely from academic institutions’ international services and resources, from being an exchange student to becoming an international student and scholar, I feel very passionate about providing the same life changing experiences to others. As much as we know how the immigration process for our international students and scholars is rewarding, we are also aware of how stressful it can be.  We are dedicated to providing expedient and competent service for the immigration needs of our international students and scholars. International Affairs also offers UCR students opportunities to learn abroad while receiving credit toward their UCR degrees.  We encourage all Highlanders to step out of their comfort zone and enrich their education through many study abroad programs that we provide with our partners and our faculty.

Please do not hesitate to contact us - we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,
Marko Princevac
Vice Provost of International Affairs


Vice Provost of International Affairs, Marko Princevac

Marco Princevac, fire research

As of July 1, 2020, Marko Princevac is serving as UCR's Vice Provost of International Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He previously served as the Associate Dean of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Marko Princevac received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State in 2003 and his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. At Arizona State University, he won recognition for his work with students, and received an American Meteorological Society scholarship. He has worked as an industrial laboratory and field supervisor in Mexico, and for the roller-bearing industry in Serbia. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is a member of AMS Committee for Meteorological Applications in Air Pollution (CMAAP)

Dr. Princevac is interested in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics research -- in particular, the application of fundamental turbulence concepts to studies in environmental flows. During his graduate studies and a short post-doctoral period afterward, he gained a strong background in laboratory and field experimental work. This helped him identify some physical phenomena and build simple physical (laboratory) models that can successfully explain complex field observations or a part thereof. He also has experience in developing idealized theoretical models to explain fluid dynamic processes. His approach has been to cross-fertilize field measurements with carefully designed laboratory experiments and simple theoretical analysis.

His early research was focused on “engineering flows”, specifically ship’s propulsion and resistance. This research resulted in several polynomial models for the estimation of the power and resistance for the specific type of semi-displacement hull forms. In graduate school he focused his research on thermally driven environmental flows, motivated by tremendous air quality problems that are occurring in cities located in the areas of complex terrain.

Currently, he is focusing on field experimental research on urban flows, specifically on urban dispersion (pollutants or toxic releases, industrial disasters or terrorist attacks) and parameterizations of turbulence within urban canyons. He plans to extend this to encompass numerical work, especially in the area of urban dispersion.


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