International Student Resources

Students in the Picnic Day parade representing Services for International Students and Scholars
Students in the Picnic Day parade representing Services for International Students and Scholars.

Welcome to the United States, California, and the Aggie Family!

UC Davis values the various perspectives, experiences and diversity that students from countries outside of the United States, international students, bring to the campus community.

All international students coming to Davis with F-1 or J-1 visas are expected to attend Orientation. Before and during orientation, you will be contacted by Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS), a resource dedicated for international students at UC Davis. SISS has information that all International students need to know. Be sure to review their website before coming to the UC Davis Campus to begin classes, especially the information for  newly admitted students.

If you are unable to attend orientation due to extenuating circumstances, contact SISS to attend mandatory make-up orientation.  

International students are encouraged to look at a special opportunity through the Summer Start program. Learn more about this opportunity and whether or not it is something you should consider participating in as a new International student at UC Davis.  If you decide not to participate in Summer Start, we recommend attending Orientation.

Important Visa Information

First-Year Students

If attending any of the summer orientation dates during June, 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 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.

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