Graduate Orientation - Fall Quarter 2018

Mandatory Orientations for International Graduate Students

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.

All international graduate students are required to attend BOTH the (1) mandatory International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO), hosted by Services for International Students and Scholars, and the (2) Graduate Studies Graduate Student Orientation. It is your responsibility to sign up for BOTH orientations. 

About International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO)

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) is hosted by SISS and scheduled to be on Friday, September 14. International students studying at UC Davis with a F-1 or J-1 visa are required to attend the IGSO session, which explains important immigration regulations for your studies and employment.

More information about registration will be coming soon!

About Graduate Student Orientation hosted by Graduate Studies

The general Graduate Student Orientation is hosted by Graduate Studies and is scheduled to be Monday, September 17th. These sessions cover the necessary information and requirements for graduate students at UC Davis.

Registration will be available during the summer. Registration for Graduate Studies Orientation can be found at

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IGSO Schedule

Day 1 - Attendance mandatory - September 14, 2018 - Room 1100, Social Science and Humanities Building
Time Session
8:00-8:45 am

& Breakfast Reception

Join SISS staff for coffee, tea, and light refreshments.


Welcome & Opening Remarks


Immigration 101

As an international student you are responsible for your F-1 or J-1 status. This workshop will provide you with an overview of U.S. immigration regulations pertaining to your student status.

10:30-10:45am Break

Off-Campus Work Regulations

Learn about work authorization requirements pertainng to off-campus employment.


Accessing the basics

Learn how to get your immediate needs covered, plus useful hints on where to buy cheap, and how to find things around Davis easier. Q&A with a panel of experienced grad students.



Enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Memorial Union Coffee House with other international students!


Navigating the Health and Medical System in the US

An overview on how to get medical care while studying at UC Davis.


Social at the Graduate

We welcome all graduate students to jion us at the restaurant and bar The Graduate located in the University Mall for an exciting night of socializing, free food, and dancing!

Basics Orientation

SISS will be holding a Basics Orientation on Thursday, September 13th, the day before IGSO. This orientation is open to scholars, graduate students, and their spouses and dependents. The sessions will cover the basics of living in Davis, where you will learn about the U.S. school systems, banks, phones, and become more familiar with resources the city and university offers. These sessions will be extremely helpful in transitioning into your new life in Davis. The F-2 and J-2 Spouse and Dependents Session is not mandatory, but will be highly beneficial and highly recommended.

Basics Orientation - Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time Session Location

American School System

Join the Davis Unified School District as they explain the American school system and how to sign up your children for school.

International Center 3119

F2 & J2 Partners Orientation

The SISS student advising team explains important immigration and employment regulations for partners and spouses of graduate students.

International Center 3119

Davis City Police

Come meet the Davis City Police and learn more about safety and the city of Davis.

International Center 3119

Transportation and Bicycles

Learn more about transportation options and the importance of having a bike in Davis!

International Center 3119

Phones, Banks, and Shopping

Learn about your options for phones, banks, and shopping in Davis and Sacramento.

International Center 3119

Introduction to Living in Davis

Come to the UC Davis Campus Store to get connected to different resources from campus and the Davis community that will help you (and your family) adjust to your new home. Learn about transportation options, accessing Amazon lockers, restaurants and shops, and fun activities available on campus.
UC Davis Campus Store, Memorial Union