International Freshman Orientation - Fall Quarter 2018

When is my required SISS Orientation?

Welcome new Aggies! All international students are required to attend an SISS orientation session. These required orientation sessions may be a part of, or in addition to, your already scheduled orientation. Please refer to the chart below to determine which SISS orientation you will be attending.


(NOT Attending Summer Start)


(Attending Summer Start)

Sept. 17-21

Aug. 5

International & National Orientation (INO)

Summer Start

Note: First-Year Orientation Program during the summer do not include a required SISS Orientation session for international students.

Click the 12X12 button to learn more about important immigration information and expectations for international students.

Sign up for International-National Orientation (INO)

International Freshman should attend the International-National Orientation (INO) to become familiarized with campus, but should also plan on attending a mandatory SISS session. INO includes this mandatory SISS Orientation session.

Click here to be redirected to the International-National Orientation homepage.

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

Plan to pick up your University ID (Aggie Card) at 253 Memorial Union 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.

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