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

Welcome Class of 2020

The information on this page references the summer Orientation program which has ended for the 2016-2017 academic year. Feel free to look through these pages as a sample of the summer program and come back in March for summer 2017 information. New students, admitted quarterly, during the 2016-2017 academic year, can review Orientation options for Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters on this site.

How to Register

Register for Orientation through MyAdmissions.

Registration for International & National Orientation closes Friday, July 1.


The Summer Start program is an academic, language, and orientation program for international students. Those invited to Summer Start who have decided not to attend are encouraged to attend Orientation.

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 possible 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.  

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.  

Program Dates

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

Part 1: Advising

Summer (July-August)

All incoming international and national students attending International and National Orientation will be emailed information about course recommendations from their College Dean’s Office.

Information about advising will be sent to your UC Davis email account. Be sure to check your UC Davis email account daily as this is the primary communication between the university and students.

Part 2: On-campus Orientation

Morning Session (Option 1): Monday, September 12 - Thursday, September 15, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Afternoon Session (Option 2): Monday, September 12 - Thursday, September 15, 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

During the on-campus portion of Orientation, students have the option to stay in on-campus housing. Students will meet other new international and national students, participate 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.

Students flying into San Francisco International Airport have the option to take the Aggie Bus, a shuttle Orientation offers to campus.

If you plan to check-in to Orientation prior to September 11 and need housing accommodations, 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.