Graduate Orientation - Fall Quarter 2017

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.

As a graduate student, you are also encouraged to attend Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) in addition to your international orientation program.

About IGSO

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) is a multi-day event event hosted by Graduate Studies and Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) on September 15, 18, and 19.

You are required to attend the IGSO session which explains important immigration regulations on September 15th.  International students are students who are studying at UC Davis with an F-1 or J-1 visa.

The general Graduate Student Orientation will be held on September 20-21 with sessions designed to help you be a successful graduate student. Registration for these sessions can be found at https://grad.ucdavis.edu/orientation.


Questions?
Questions about SISS/IGSO email: siss-orientation@ucdavis.eduGeneral questions about Orientation: gradorientation@ucdavis.edu

Register for SISS Orientation

Registration is now open: Click here.

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Graduate School of Management

The Graduate School of Managment will have their SISS Orientation at the Graduate School of Management as part of GSM orientation.

IGSO Tentative Schedule

Day 1 Attendance mandatory. September 15, 2017, Room 1100 Social Science and Humanities Building
Time Session
8:00-9:00am

Sign-in & Breakfast Reception

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

9:00-9:15am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Prasant Mohapatra, Dean, Graduate Studes

Wesley Young, Director, Services for International Students & Schoalrs

Robb Davis, Mayor, City of Davis

9:15-10:15am

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.

10:15-10:30am Trvia: UCD Culture
10:30-11:15am

Off-Campus Work Regulations

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

11:15-12:15am

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.

12:15-1:45am

Lunch

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

1:45-2:45pm

Navigating the Health and Medical System in the US

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

2:45-3:30pm

U.S. Culture

Understand the challenges of adapting to U.S. culture and how this can impact your academic, professional, and personal life.

3:30-5:00pm

Navigating Life in the U.S. for F2/J2: Spouses and Partners

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

Day 2

September 18, 2017
Time Session
1:00-1:15pm Welcome
1:15-2:00pm Academic Writing
2:00-3:30pm

ESL Requirements

Review the English language requirement and testing options for graduate students at UC Davis. Review how the tests are rated and how students can prepare to get the best possible scores.

3:30-4:30pm International Teaching Assistant Panel
Day 3 September 19, 2017
Time Session
1:00-1:30pm

Health and Wellness Resources

Learn how and where to access health and wellness services.

1:30-3:20pm

Financial Resources

This workshop will help incoming students navigate the various funding methods at UC Davis. Information about accounting systems, fellowships, academic appointments, and educational loans will be discussed.

3:30-5:00pm

Better Communication

Strategies for overcoming accent and language differences.

6:00-8:00pm GDOP/SISS Social Mixer