Pre-Orientation Tasks for International and National Orientation

International and National Students

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What to Do

1. Submit a Statement of Legal Residence
  • University Policy states that all students must submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR), which is used to determine tuition charges. Any student who fails to submit a SLR or any requested documents will be charged Nonresident tuition, regardless of actual resident status and have a registration hold placed on their records. 
  • Visit the Office of the Registrar website to learn more and submit the Statement of Legal Residence.
2. Complete Health and Wellness Requirement with proof of immunizations
3. Complete Online Pre-Orientation Homework
  • After completing Orientation Registration, all students must complete Online Pre-Orientation Homework prior to their scheduled Orientation session.
  • There are sections covering Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Student Health and Counseling Services, Community Resource & Retention Centers, Campus Recreation & Unions, and Study Abroad.
  • Access the Online Pre-Orientation Homework through MyAdmissions and the Orientation Registration link. The Online Orientation is available through the "My Reservation" page.
4. Upload a Photo for your UC Davis AggieCard
  • AggieCard is the official UC Davis photo identification card; giving students access to the many available products services, resources, and benefits available to UC Davis students.
  • All students who register for an Orientation session are expected to process their AggieCard photo at least 10 business days prior to the program start date
  • All students must upload a recent photo for their AggieCard to be processed using these photo requirements.  Photos not meeting the requirements will be denied so early submittal is recommended. 
  • Learn about the process on the AggieCard website.
  • To upload a photo, log onto the AggieCard Photo Upload page using your Kerberos ID and passphrase.
  • A government-issued photo ID (ex. Driver's License, Passport, Military ID, etc.) is required in order to receive your AggieCard at Orientation.
5. Organize the Student Account

Student Accounting is the department on campus that organizes billing for each student. Before coming to campus, students can do several things to ensure a smooth billing process from the very beginning. Review the information below:

  • Register for Direct Deposit. Any leftover funds from Financial Aid disbursement will be directly deposited into a personal bank account, saving a trip to the Student Accounting office each quarter. 
  • Students can register an Authorized User by logging into MyBill and following the instructions. This will give a designated person their own login access to the student's private information in the Student Account. By registering an Authorized User, students are granting official permission and abiding by Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws. For more information regarding Privacy Laws and how they apply to students at UC Davis, visit the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Student Accounting bills on the 22nd of each month. Students should check their UC Davis email account for billing notifications. Fall quarter charges will be billed on August 22.
  • Visit the UC Davis Cahier's Office for details and options regarding account payments. 
6. Prepare for Class Registration - Check Schedule Builder for Holds

During Orientation you will be registering for classes, but in order to best prepare yourself for registration it’s important to identify and attempt to get rid of any academic holds that could prevent you from registering

What is an academic/registration hold?

  • A hold is a block to registration from an entity on campus (most commonly the Registrar’s Office, Student Health and Wellness Center, etc.). Depending on the type of hold, it prevents a student from registering to the next term’s classes until it is removed

How to check if you have a hold:

  • Go to myucdavis
  • Login with your UCD ID and Kerberos password
  • Click on “Academics”
  • Under “Academics” click on “Registering for Classes”
  • Click on “Login to Schedule Builder”
  • Choose your next registration term (Fall 2016)
  • Any holds that are in your account will appear in a big red box
    • Most common holds are the Hepatitis B and Statement of Legal Residence

How to remove Registration Hold:

  • For Hep B or any other immunization hold, you need to provide your immunization records to the Student Health and Wellness Center. See item #2 above.
  • Most other common registration holds will have specific instructions (usually given in the red box in schedule builder or via email), sometimes including contacting a specific campus entity. If you have any questions on a type of hold contact the following:
    • Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Hold: Office of the Registrar, see item #1 above.
    • Advising Hold: Your College Dean’s Office

Quick Note: If you are unable to remove a hold before Orientation that’s okay! Your Orientation Leader will help you but be sure to notify them of your holds upon arriving to your orientation session.

7. Prepare for Class Registration - Tools to search for courses

Before coming to campus for International and National Orientation in September, participants should register for fall quarter classes during their Pass I Registration Appointment. Detailed information on how to register on your own will be emailed to the student's UC Davis email account. 

During Orientation, students receive individual advising from an Orientation Leader, where they can make adjustments to their fall quarter courses.

There are different ways to search for courses during Orientation. Review the options below in preparation for class registration:

There are different ways to search for courses during Orientation. Review the options below in preparation for class registration:

  • Review the UC Davis General Catalog online. Students attending Orientation can download the PDF Version of UC Davis General Catalog to a mobile device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) in order to search for course options during Orientation.
  • Plan to bring a laptop, tablet, smartphone to ensure access to Schedule Builder. If a mobile device is not owned, there is a Computer Center available and open for participants to use during the program.
  • Those participants owning a smartphone can also download the UC Davis Mobile App. The Mobile App includes a class search feature. 
8. Puchase Travel Insurance 

International students should purchase travel insurance from their home country, which covers them for medical expenses from the first day they arrive in the United States, and the insurance should last until the first day of classes (September 27).