Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

We continue to follow the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor situations on campus and around the world. Your wellbeing and educational experience are our prioritiesSee the updates and resourcesThe UC Davis International Center is currently closed, but we are still here to help: please email your SISS advisor directly with questions or to set up a remote appointment. Find your advisor listed on our Contact Us page.

Finding Your Global Community

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Welcome!

Whether you are a continuing or incoming international student, a current scholar or new to UC Davis, we are here to support you and help you find your Global Aggies community so you feel as at home as possible—even if from afar to start.

You are a part of a vibrant global community of students, scholars, faculty, and staff from more than 140 countries. There are countless ways for you to learn from expert faculty, take your interests and skills to the next level, and form lifelong friendships. See below for programs, events, and resources.

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New Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

Congratulations and welcome to our UC Davis community! All orientation events for new international students and scholars for the fall will be virtual. Visit our international student orientation webpages for all the details to complete orientation requirements, to find resources to help adjust to life in the U.S., and to access campus resources remotely.

Resource Videos 

Learn more about City of Davis and UC Davis campus resources:

  • Safety: the City of Davis Police Department and UC Davis Police Department explain about safety in the City of Davis and on campus.
  • Unitrans Bus System: learn how to use the Unitrans bus system in Davis, including where to catch the bus and how much the fare will be.
  • Biking: Davis is a bike-friendly city and campus. Learn about the importance of bike safety, what kind of bike to get, and how to get around campus and the city.
  • UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP): if you have the UC SHIP health insurance policy, this video provides more details on how to access these services and their associated costs.
  • U.S. Healthcare 101: get an overview of the U.S. health care system and how to access health services in Davis.

Live Q&A Events

Join us September 23 for live Q&A events with the content experts featured in the above videos. Get your questions answered on Wednesday, Sept. 23 by attending live virtual Q&A events with guest presenters featured in the above videos about City of Davis and UC Davis campus resources

See the full YouTube playlist for SISS videos. More videos for international students, scholars, and families coming soon!

Trouble watching the videos? Don't forget to sign into the UC Davis VPN through the Library.

Special Event for Families of New Undergraduate Students

Sept. 23, 2020, 8-9:30 a.m. (PDT): Family members of new undergraduate students are invited to a virtual Q&A event, How to Support Your Student. Hear from a panel of advisors about how parents and family members can help support their student during their studies, whether at Davis or in their home country. This session is for parents and family members of new undergraduate students. Registration is required

Foundations for University Success

EDU 065: Foundations for University Success for International Students is a three part series offered by the School of Education and designed specifically to identify and address the tools international undergraduate students will need to succeed at UC Davis.

Campus Orientation for All New Students

Undergraduates can visit the UC Davis Orientation page for more details about the comprehensive orientation experience for all new UC Davis undergraduate students.

Graduate students can learn more about the Graduate Student Orientation event from Graduate Studies, an intensive social and academic overview for new graduate students.

Evening Community Spaces

Join Global Affairs and Global Ambassador mentors for a fun, engaging virtual activity with other incoming international students. These evening spaces are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow undergraduate students and begin making connections before classes start! Dates and times below. Please check your Orientation materials for the Zoom event links.

  • Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, September 27 from 9:25 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, September 28 from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT

International Student and Scholar Handbook

Discover student organizations, get to know more about campus and academic resources, find opportunities to match your interests, and get a feel for your home away from home through our UC Davis International Student and Scholar Handbook.

 

 

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Sign Up for Mentorship

Global Affairs' Global Ambassador Mentorship Program is designed to help first-year and transfer international undergraduate students successfully adjust to life at UC Davis as well as to support continuing students in serving as mentors. We match new international students (mentees) with current students (mentors) based on similar academic and social interests to connect them with a community of support and friends.

Examples of Global Ambassador Mentorship Program activities might include:

  • One-on-one chats and interactions with your mentor through whatever online channels work best for you both
  • Virtual game night for all international students. Register today for Game Night on Oct. 2, 8-9 p.m. (PDT)
  • Virtual mindful drawing session with all mentors and mentees

 

We are ready to welcome you whether you are on campus for fall quarter or not, so apply today if you would like to be matched with a student mentor!
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Join First-Year Aggie Connections

Global Affairs is sponsoring three not-for-credit "Connections" through First-Year Aggie Connections. Connections are groups of 25 or fewer first-year students meeting regularly with staff or faculty facilitators for one quarter around a shared purpose, interest, or theme. Check out all the First-Year Aggie Connections choices for the fall, especially the three offered by Global Affairs, as these are around themes that will touch on global learning (links below allow you to register):

 

Check out all the First-Year Aggie Connections for fall 2020!
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Upcoming Online Programs and Events

Event and Save-the-Date Information

Evening Community Spaces

Join Global Affairs and Global Ambassador mentors for a fun, engaging virtual activity with other incoming international students. These evening spaces are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow undergraduate students and begin making connections before classes start! Dates and times below. Please check your Orientation materials for the Zoom event links.

  • Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, September 27 from 9:25 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, September 28 from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT

Scholar Coffee Breaks

Connect with other international scholars at the monthly SISS Scholar Coffee Break. Whether you are new to campus or have been here for several months, international scholars are invited to join SISS in this welcoming and virtual space. 

  • October 15, 2020, 9-10 a.m. PDT
  • November 19, 2020, 9-10 a.m. PST
  • December 10, 2020, 9-10 a.m. PST

Global Ambassadors Mentorship Program Events

Undergraduate students can join Global Ambassadors peer mentors for engaging social events hosted virtually. Connect with other incoming international students as well as returning international and domestic student peer mentors and make friends while enjoying a break from classes and academic responsibilities.

  • Game Night: Oct. 2, 2020, 8-9 p.m. (PDT): Start your UC Davis journey by meeting other incoming students at an interactive virtual game night. Open to all international students. Register 

Connecting You with Global Affairs

A series of three virtual events this fall that aims to engage and connect incoming students from around the globe while exploring global learning at UC Davis.

  • Aggies Engaging Globally: Introduction to Global Learning, October 12, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m (PDT)
    • Looking to meet other globally-minded students and learn about global learning at UC Davis? Join Global Affairs for this interactive and engaging virtual meet-up, where you’ll connect with other students, meet Global Affairs staff, and learn about opportunities for global learning.
    • Register for this virtual event
  • Aggies Impacting the World: Panel of Globally Engaged Students, October 26, 2020, 2-3 p.m. (PDT)
    • Join the Global Learning Hub and the Global Ambassadors Mentorship Program as we explore global learning from students’ perspectives. You’ll hear from students engaged in global activities closer to home and abroad on how they view global learning and why it is an important part of their Aggie education. This event is a part of the Connecting You to Global Affairs series as well as the Global Learning Showcase, happening virtually October 26-29, 2020.
    • Register for this virtual event
  • Aggies Addressing Global Challenges: Introducing UN Sustainable Development Goals, November 16, 2020 (event time, to be announced)
    • Global learning includes global action. Join Global Affairs in a discussion on how members of the UC Davis community are addressing global challenges, and how you as a student can find opportunities and get involved. This event will include UC Davis student panelists speaking about their experiences engaging with global challenges as part of their education.
    • Registration link coming soon
       

Check back soon for more information, including registration details, and for more upcoming programs and events.

More Information

As always, Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) is dedicated to helping you obtain and maintain the appropriate legal status. SISS Advisors are assigned by the first letter of your surname, can be found online, and are available by video and phone.

Ongoing updates regarding U.S. Department of Homeland Security guidelines for fall 2020 and how they may affect you this fall are available on the SISS website.

Stay up to date on the latest news and upcoming remote programs and events for our international community:

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