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.

Orientation for Graduate Students

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International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO): Attendance is Mandatory

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) hosted by SISS will be virtual due to COVID-19. Information on how to complete your orientation requirement will be sent to your UC Davis email address. 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.


Master's, Ph.D., DVM, or MD

Graduate students in academic master’s and Ph.D. programs as well as professional students in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine.

Exchange Students with GSM

Short-term exchange students under the Graduate School of Management

Spouses, Dependents & Families

Families of incoming graduate students and scholars

Master's of Business Administration, Master's of Professional Accountancy, and School of Law

The Graduate School of Management will have their SISS Orientation at the Graduate School of Management as part of GSM orientation.
School of Law students: SISS Orientation is not applicable to you, please refer to the international office for the School of Law as your primary contact.

Basics Orientation

Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person sessions held for the fall. If you are able to come to UC Davis for fall quarter, you can view short videos on transportation, safety, and other topics at your convenience. These videos are optional, but are highly recommended as they will be helpful in transitioning into your new life in Davis. Guest speakers in the videos will also be available for a live Q&A via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

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