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

194 Young Hall

8am - 4pm

Orientation Schedule

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

Sample Schedule (Actual Items May Change)


Breakfast, Sign-In & Mingling

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 & Introductions

Fadi Fathallah, Associate Vice Provost, Global Education and Services
Wesley Young, Director, Services for International Students & Scholars

Robb Davis, Mayor, City of Davis


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.


Resources for Success at UC Davis

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

Cross Cultural Center (CCC)

UC Davis Police Department
Student Academic Success Center (SASC)
Student Judicial Affairs (SJA)
Community Advising Network (CAN)


Making Connections in the US & at UC Davis

Learn how to make social connections in the U.S. and how students tend to make friends on campus. Hear from students about their experiences in making friends with Americans and other international students.



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.


Last Chance Advising

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


SVIP Training

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

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 their start date for their program listed on these documents.  We strongly recommend that students take advantage of this early arrival option so that they have enough time to recover from jetlag, become familiar with the campus and community, and finalize their housing before attending mandatory SISS Check-In and 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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