Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

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Orientation for Graduate Students

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International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO): Attendance is Mandatory

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) hosted by SISS is Friday, September 13, 2019. 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

SISS will be holding an optional Basics Orientation on Thursday, September 12, 2019, the day before IGSO. This orientation is open to scholars, graduate students, and their spouses and dependents. The sessions will cover the basics of living in Davis, where you will learn about the U.S. school systems, banks, phones, and become more familiar with resources the city and university offers. These sessions will be extremely helpful in transitioning into your new life in Davis. The F-2 and J-2 Spouse and Dependents Session is not mandatory, but will be highly beneficial and highly recommended.

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