About the International and National (Out-of-State) Orientation Program

The information on this page references the summer Orientation program which has ended for the 2014-2015 academic year. Feel free to look through these pages as a sample of the summer program and come back in March for summer 2015 information. New students, admitted quarterly, during the 2014-2015 academic year, can review Orientation options for fall, winter and spring quarters.


Orientation sessions for summer and fall 2014 are now complete. Academic Advising can be found by visiting an Academic Advising Center.  Information for incoming students for Winter(Spring) Quarter 2015 will be available soon!


International Students are encouraged to learn about the Summer Start program just for them.

General Information

UC Davis recognizes that students from other countries, international students, and U.S. residents from outside California, national students, have different perspectives, experiences, and needs than those coming from California. While Orientation highly encourages all students to attend Transfer Orientation or First-Year Orientation for their college, it is understood that it isn’t always feasible for new students to travel to UC Davis during June, July and August and then return for the fall quarter in September. To meet the diverse needs of international and national students, Orientation is providing an alternative option.  

For 2014 Orientation, incoming first-year students can participate in International and National Orientation. 

Orientation Leaders are carefully selected and highly trained undergraduate student staff members who guide many of the sessions, teach students how to register for classes and serve as mentors to assist in navigating through the process of becoming a UC Davis student. They represent many of the 100-plus majors offered and have participated in a variety of campus programs and activities. They are friendly, willing to help, and excited to meet new Aggies!

The Orientation program is under the direction of professional staff in the Student Housing department, under the Division of Student Affairs. The staff works closely with the college deans offices to tailor academic advice to each participant.  


Register for International and National Orientation at the MyAdmissions page. Find the “Orientation” link on the admissions checklist, click on “Sign Up,” and register as an incoming student.

All participants are responsible for the information located in the Program Policies and Fees section and are expected to read and agree to these terms at the time of registration.  

Housing for Orientation

Overnight participants in International and National Orientation stay in on-campus Residence Halls. If the participant has a completed Student Housing contract that was submitted by the deadline, then every effort will be made to house participants in their academic year housing assignment. This assignment is in one of the three Residence Hall areas (Cuarto, Segundo or Tercero). This is not guaranteed and participants receive their Orientation housing assignment upon check-in. This provides an opportunity to experience on-campus living. To learn more about the Residence Halls in each of the three areas, explore the Housing Areas link on the Student Housing website.

All first-year students who have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by the May 1 campus deadline will receive an offer to live in student housing. Incoming first-year students will be offered a residence hall contract for housing for the 2014-2015 academic year. For additional housing information, visit the Student Housing website or contact their office directly at 530-752-2033.

If participants need housing accommodations before September 21st, contact the Conference Housing Office. Their office can be reach at confhsg@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-8000.

Special Accommodations

International and National Orientation Program participant(s) in need of special assistance due to a permanent or temporary disability, or need test-taking assistance during placement exams (which may require advance arrangements) must specify the request through the online registration system in the Special Accommodations section or contact the Orientation Program office at orientation@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-4443 at least two weeks prior to the registered session date. When registering, participants should check which accommodation they are requesting and state specific information in the “Other” text box to provide as much information about the requested accommodation as possible.  

Dining Program

  • Any questions regarding dining options can be answered during the Student Housing presentation or by a Dining Manager during the meal times in the Dining Commons, during the International and National Orientation schedule.
  • Students with special dietary concerns can discuss nutrition guidance, dining accessibility and accommodations with Linda Adams, Sodexo Dietitian, during Orientation by making an advanced appointment. Learn more about healthy eating options and contact Linda by exploring the Dietitian Services site or by calling 530-752-9604.

Program Dates

The registration deadline for International and National Orientation is July 1. International and National Orientation occurs in two phases and includes drop-in advising over the phone or internet in August and an on-campus orientation the week before fall quarter begins.

Part 1: Drop-in, Remote Advising

Wednesday, August 13 - Friday, August 15

Students participating in International and National Orientation will have the opportunity to receive drop-in, remote advising (telephone, or internet chat) if they need any assistance in registering for classes. All students will receive advising materials through their UC Davis email account that they should review prior to registering for classes. All new students should regularly check their UC Davis email account as this is the primary communication between the university and students.

Part 2: On-campus Orientation

Session I: Sunday, September 21 - Tuesday, September 23
Session II: Wednesday, September 24 - Friday, September 26

During this on-campus portion, students have the option to stay in on-campus housing. Participants will meet other new international and national students, partake in group activities with an Orientation Leader, hear from their college’s deans office, receive academic advising, learn about life at UC Davis and hear about many campus resources. More information is available in the sample student schedule.

It is a campus expectation that you arrive 2-3 days before your scheduled International & National Orientation session. Therefore, if you need housing accommodations before Sunday, September 21st, then you need to contact the Conference Housing Office. Their office can be reached at confhsg@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-8000.

International Students: Important Visa Information

First-Year Students

If attending any of the summer orientation dates during July or August, First-Year International Students cannot stay in the United States to wait for the beginning of fall quarter. The F-1 visa will only allow entrance to the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the beginning of instruction. Students should contact their SISS international student advisor with any questions. 

Transfer Students

If attending any of the summer orientation dates during June, July or August, Transfer International Students can stay in the United States to wait for the beginning of fall quarter. This can only happen if proper steps have been taken to transfer the SEVIS record to UC Davis from the previous institution. Students should contact their SISS international student advisor with any questions.