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 2015-2016 academic year. Feel free to look through these pages as a sample of the summer program and come back in March for summer 2016 information. New students, admitted quarterly, during the 2015-2016 academic year, can review Orientation options for fall, winter and spring quarters.


Register for Orientation through MyAdmissions.

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


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

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 2015 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.  

Program Dates

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

Part 1: Online 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 before August 11, 2015.

In addition, students participating in International and National Orientation will have the opportunity to receive online or telephone assistance with Schedule Builder during their course registration in mid-August. More information about online 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

Session I: Monday, September 14 - Tuesday, September 15

Session II: Wednesday, September 16 - Thursday, September 17

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, 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.

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.