Exchange Students - Fall Quarter 2018

When is my required SISS Orientation?

Welcome new Aggies! Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) is delighted that you have chosen UC Davis as your study abroad destination.  As a J-1 student, you are part of the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program which promotes mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through cultural exchange. As part of your exchange, you are required to attend an SISS orientation session.

Student Orientation

Monday, September 17

Young Hall, Room 194

8am - 4pm

Orientation Schedule

Orientation Location and Time: Young Hall, Room 194 - Monday, September 17th, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Exchange Student Orientation Schedule 



Join us for coffee and breakfast before orientation begins.  Complete the sign-in process for orientation, continue breakfast, meet UC Davis staff and chat with other EAP students.


Welcome and Introductions

Tammy Silver, Assistant Director of Student Services, SISS
Christina Siracusa, Program Coordinator and Advisor, Study Abroad


J Student Immigration 101: Mandatory for students with J visas

This MANDATORY workshop for all J-Visa students will go over important information regarding immigration and visa regulations, employment, and how to maintain your legal status while studying in the U.S.


Student Judicial Affairs and Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center

Learn about the different services and resources that are available to help you thrive at UC Davis, both personally and academically.


Health and Wellness

Learn about how to access medical care and wellness resources on campus.



Enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Memorial Union Coffee House with other international students! Just outside the MU, you may meet students who are representing student organizations.


Center for Student Involvement

Learn about how to get more involved in the many student organizations at UC Davis. Interests range from academic to social. Check out Aggie Life for a list of student organizations!


VIP Training

All new UC Davis students are required to receive sexual violence and prevention and intervention training and education.


Academic Advising

Meet the International Academic Advisor from your college of study and for course registration help.

Register for 2018 Exchange Student Orientation

Registration coming soon.

Stay Updated*

Make sure you are able to access your UC Davis email (serviced by Google) and check it regularly.
*If you are not able to access your UC Davis email account, please consider one of these options:

  • Forward your email to an account you can access regularly.  Instructions for forwarding UC Davis email can be accessed here.
  • Try the UC Davis Library's off-campus connection service.

Get Your Aggie Card

EAP students cannot upload pictures prior to arrival.  Please go directly to the Aggie Card Office at 253 Memorial Union to get your card.  Plan to pick up your University ID (Aggie Card) prior to orientation for faster check-in.

When to Arrive

All students coming to the U.S. to study on an I-20 or DS-2019 can enter the United States up to 30 days before the program start date listed on these documents. We strongly recommend that students take advantage of this early arrival option to have enough time to recover from jetlag, become familiar with the campus and community, and finalize housing before attending mandatory SISS Orientation.

If you are having trouble finding housing during the SISS Orientation dates, contact SISS for information on how you can secure TEMPORARY housing for yourself.

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