Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

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UCEAP and MBA Exchange Orientation

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Welcome new Aggies! Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) is delighted that you have chosen UC Davis as your study abroad destination.  As a J-1 student, you are part of the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program which promotes mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through cultural exchange. As part of your exchange, you are required to attend an SISS orientation session.

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 jet lag, become familiar with the campus and community, and finalize housing before attending mandatory SISS Orientation.

For information on housing, please see the SISS housing webpage. You may need to plan on spending the first few days in a hotel. Please read information about avoiding housing and rental scams

Other questions? Email

Fall 2020 Orientation 

Monday, September 21, 2020
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Young 198
Sample schedule below, subject to change


Time Session Location
8 a.m.—9:15 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome Young 198
9:15 a.m.—10:45 a.m. J Visa Regulations  Young 198
10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m.  Student Judicial Affairs and Tutoring Young 198
11:45 a.m.—1 p.m. Lunch Memorial Union, CoHo

1 p.m.—1:45 p.m.

Student Life Young 198
1:45 p.m.—2:45 p.m. Violence Prevention Training Young 198
2:45 p.m.—3:45 p.m. Academic Advising Young 198, Young 194, Young 192, Young 184
3:30 p.m.—5 p.m. Ice Cream Social International Center, Lobby