Global Education and Student Life

Collaborative Partnership Supports International Students with Academic Resources

Although no one expects to face academic probation and be subject to dismissal, it can happen to even the most prepared students. A partnership between Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs and the Strategic Asian and Pacific Islander Retention Initiative (SAandPIRI) is sharing resources and addressing cultural stigmas with a new series of quarterly webinars to support international students who are navigating academic probation and dismissal.

Department of Homeland Security Updates COVID Policy Guidance Around Virtual and In-Person Classes for F-1 and J-1 Students

Following the completion of the spring quarter 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ended its COVID policy guidance for virtual classes for international students with F-1 and J-1 visa types. F-1 and J-1 students must now enroll in 12 units minimum each quarter, nine (9) of which must be in-person classes.

As F-1 and J-1 students plan their coursework for the fall 2023 quarter and beyond, advisors in Services for International Students and Scholars are sharing additional insights into what this change in policy guidance means.

Global Ambassador Mentorship Program Welcomes New International Undergraduate Students to UC Davis

With the start of the fall quarter, UC Davis welcomes new first-year and transfer international undergraduate students to campus. As the students adjust to their new home, they have the opportunity to receive mentorship, support and guidance through the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program. Administered by Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs, the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program helps students adapt to life at UC Davis and in the United States.

Two International Students Selected as 2022 UC Davis Grad Slam Finalists

Quick. Summarize your thesis in three minutes. That is the challenge of UC Grad Slam, the annual competition where masters and Ph.D. students throughout the University of California system come together to refine their public speaking skills, craft compelling presentations, and distill years of meticulous research into 180 seconds or less.

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Grad Slam Events

UC Davis will hold the 2022 Grad Slam semi-final round on April 8 from 1–3 p.m. in the Graduate Center at Walker Hall.

Becoming a Mentor, Becoming a Friend

When coming into a new environment, finding an uplifting community is vital for feeling welcomed, unafraid, and eager to explore. Through the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program at UC Davis, new first-year and transfer undergraduate international students are matched with current students based on similar social and academic interests in order to foster a greater sense of belonging and friendship. Through social events like group dinners in downtown Davis and craft nights, new students and their mentors share their cultures and develop relationships based on cultural awareness and mutual appreciation.

Planning for Winter Quarter 2021

Please read the updated guidance for winter and spring quarters here, which published on December 18, 2020.

The below statement was sent to students on November 9, 2020, and does not reflect the updated information provided by the Department of Homeland Security on December 8, 2020. This updated guidance is covered in the announcement linked above.

Originally published: Nov. 9, 2020

How to Find Your Global Community at UC Davis

This fall, UC Davis will welcome new and returning students from countries all over the world. International students are an important part of our Aggie community. Though this is an exciting time, it’s natural to be nervous about finding community in a new academic and social environment. UC Davis offers a number of opportunities to develop connections and relationships whether students are located locally or taking remote classes from their homes outside the U.S. Below are just a few ways you can get started finding and building your global campus community no matter where you are in the world.