SISS Newsletter

September 2021 SISS Newsletter

Information and Updates

Some Services for International Students and Scholars Returning In Person This Fall

Some of our services return in person this fall at the International Center, located at 463 Calfornia Ave., suite 3140.

We reopen for in-person paperwork drop off and pick up on September 13.

Limited in-person advising appointments will be available beginning September 20. More details about how to schedule an in-person advising appointment will be available soon. 

Advisors will continue to be available for phone and video conference advising appointments. Email them directly to schedule a virtual advising appointment.

Find your SISS advisor

Common Questions About Getting Vaccinated and Arriving at UC Davis

Whether you are fully vaccinated or still need to get vaccinated, you may have questions about arriving in Davis and how to access the UC Davis campus.

Here are some common questions SISS advisors, Student Health and Counseling Services, and Campus Ready have been hearing from international students:

Find answers to these questions and more on the Fall 2021 Planning for International Students and Scholars

Student Resource: Aggie Info and Help Line

Students who have questions about COVID-related policies, public health guidance, or general concerns regarding their transition to campus this fall can call the Aggie Info and Help Line at +01-530-752-4636. A service of the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, this new info line is staffed by Aggie Public Health Ambassadors to support non-crisis questions and referrals to campus resources.

Required: Students Must Check In When Arriving in the United States

Students who enter the United States to take classes this fall must immediately check in with SISS to confirm their arrival. If you are arriving in the U.S. for fall quarter, find the description that best matches your circumstances and follow the instructions:

  • Students who have an I-20 or DS-2019 that says “Initial” or “Transfer Pending” should check their email for messages with information about how to check in. If they do not receive an email about mandatory check-in after they arrive, they must contact
  • Students who have an I-20 or DS-2019 with a travel signature to re-enter the U.S. should fill out the Successful Return form in their Term Plan in iGlobal.

Can't Get Vaccinated Before Coming to UC Davis? Take Action Now!

UC Davis understands that there are circumstances where students are not able to access WHO-authorized vaccines or be fully vaccinated by September 8. If you are one of these students, take action now:

  • Complete the “Intent to Be Fully Vaccinated Form” in Health-e-Messaging and provide the required information regarding your vaccination plans immediately. To access the form, go to the “Messages” section, click on “New Message” and select the form to complete. 

Learn more about your compliance options and take action

Protect Yourself from Scams

It is an unfortunate reality that scammers can trick you out of money. Be wary of companies that promise to find you a place to live off-campus, but want you to pay in advance. It is best to make sure that the apartment or room actually exists by seeing it in person. And remember: a government agency will never call you on the phone, ask you for money, or ask you to confirm personal details, such as a credit card or bank number.

Learn about protecting yourself from scams and watch our video

Summer Travel Not Recommended for Those in the U.S.

If you are in the United States and plan to be on campus for fall 2021, SISS recommends you not travel this summer. Travel is still very unpredictable, and we wouldn't want you to risk your ability to attend classes this fall. Please check with your SISS Advisor if you have any questions.

Submit Your Fall Plan Now

Please help SISS provide and assist you with proper documentation by submitting your Summer or Fall Term Plan in iGlobal immediately. If you have questions about your term plan or other visa issues, please contact your SISS Advisor.

Getting Settled at UC Davis

We look forward to welcoming you to the UC Davis campus! Whether you are a new or current student or scholar, we encourage you to connect with campus and build your community of support. SISS offers guidance and information about housing, settling in Davis, campus activities and clubs, transportation, nearby shopping, and more.

Browse the International Student and Scholar Handbook

Learn more about Finding Your Global Community

Preparing to Enter the United States

If you are a student traveling to the United States for the first time, remember to keep your documentation with you at all times. With your correct documentation, students should be admitted into the United States at a port of entry. Should a student presenting their proper documentation be denied entry, please contact the UC Davis Police at +01-530-752-1727 for assistance.

Finding Your SISS Advisor

SISS Advisors are assigned by last name and/or area of expertise. Visit the Staff Directory to find your SISS Advisor. Schedule a phone or online appointment directly with your SISS Advisor.

COVID-19 and Campus Updates for International Students and Scholars

Please continue to connect with campus resources to stay informed about how COVID-19 impacts operations and new information as it becomes available.

As always, advisors within Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) are available as resources if you have questions about visa and immigration status. Find your SISS Advisor and schedule an appointment.

Programs and Events

Scholar Coffee Break

We invite international scholars to connect with each other 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. 

  • Date and time: September 9, 2021, 9-10 a.m. (PDT)

Learn more about the Scholar Coffee Break and register

Save the date! The next Scholar Coffee Break is October 14

Call for Proposals: UC Davis Eighth Annual One Health Symposium

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars are welcome to submit abstracts on the theme of “Innovation.” This is an opportunity to showcase research to colleagues and professionals in the field. The abstract should include a title, introduction, objectives, methods, results, and a conclusion limited to one page.

  • Deadline: September 17, 2021

Learn more and submit an abstract

International House Davis September Social Events

Club-I, affiliated with International House Davis, is a group for internationals and locals in Davis to meet, make friends, and enjoy social activities. Club-I welcomes the UC Davis international community for its September events:

Club-I Mixer at the International Center: Learn about Club-I and enjoy some refreshments with the community at the International Center on the UC Davis campus. Look for the table to learn about Club-I and say hi!

  • Date and time: September 14, 2021, 3-5 p.m. (PDT)
  • Location: International Center, 463 California Ave.
  • No registration required

Club-I Welcome Pizza Party at I-House: Join Club-I for the annual student welcome event at the International House and enjoy pizza, sides/snacks, and drinks. Pay $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Friends are welcome!

  • Date and time: September 19, 2021, 1 p.m. (PDT)
  • Location: International House Davis, 10 College Park


Day trip to San Francisco: Join Club-I for a day trip to San Francisco. Advance sign-up is required and begins September 15. The trip includes an Amtrak train ride and a walk around the city, hitting major attractions such as Union Square, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street. The cost at the time of registration is $35 for your discounted Amtrak fare.

  • Date and time: September 25, 2021

Register beginning September 15

"Home is_______" Placemaking Initiative Project

Is home where we are born or where we live? Is home a right, or is it earned? We invite you to contribute to the “Home is _____” project through words and/or images.

  • Deadline: September 30, 2021

Submit an entry to the "Home is..." project

Life After UC Davis: Immigration Options for Students and Postdocs 

Undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, and postdocs who are planning to stay in the United States to work after leaving UC Davis can hear from legal expert Charina P. Garcia, a partner at Oakland's Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP, about visa options for international students and scholars after they leave UC Davis.  

  • Date and time: October 12, 2021, 3:30-5 p.m. (PDT)


Attend the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education for Free

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education will host the virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. The UC Davis Office of Sustainability is a sponsor of the event and invites all students, faculty, and staff to attend at no charge.

  • Dates: October 12-14, 2021

Learn more and register

Global Career Development Series: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Germany

Join this information session with two of our partners in Germany that offer research internship programs and placements to undergraduate students. Hear about options for virtual and in-person research, fully-funded opportunities, as well as research projects where you can apply for a scholarship.

  • Date and time: October 13, 2021, 10-11 a.m. (PDT)


Global Career Development Series: Exploring Global Careers, Green Careers

Join the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association and Global Affairs for the Exploring Global Careers series to network with and learn from leading professionals about what it takes to build a successful green career in their region of the world. 

  • Date and time: October 14, 2021, 4-5:15 p.m. (PDT)


Opportunities and Announcements

Receive Mentorship in 2021-22; Applications Now Open

The Global Ambassador Mentorship Program is designed to help new first-year and transfer undergraduate international students successfully adjust to life at UC Davis. We match new international students with current students based on similar interests to connect them with a community of support and friends. Apply today to be matched with a peer mentor for the 2021-22 year.

Learn more and apply for mentorship

GoinGlobal Career Support Portal Live on SISS website

GoinGlobal provides career and employment resources for more than 120 worldwide locations. Log in with your UC Davis Kerberos ID to access the H1B Plus portal, career guides, global job and internship search database by country, and an employer directory. 

Learn more about GoinGlobal and log in

Get a Free Bike Helmet!

The entire UC Davis campus community—students, faculty, and staff—can receive a free bike helmet through the Helmet Hair Don't Care program.

Learn how to get a free helmet

Duo Authentication Required for Library VPN

The library VPN – which enables access to many journal articles, databases, digital media, and other library resources from off-campus – now requires Duo authentication in addition to the user's UC Davis Central Authentication Service (CAS) login, also called Kerberos.

Learn how to use Duo with the library VPN

COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Available at Some U.S. Airports

Some U.S. airports are currently offering vaccinations to travelers. Please visit the website of the airport you will travel through to learn more.

Learn more about vaccination availability at SFO

Learn more about vaccination availability at LAX

All people aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in California. People currently in California can schedule a vaccine appointment through the My Turn website. Find more information about vaccines for international travelers coming to UC Davis on our Fall Planning webpage.

Employment Workshops Now Available On-Demand Online

Interested in OPT or CPT? We have made F-1 Employment Workshops available online. Select your workshop to get started.

Student and Scholar Spotlight

Global Learning: Reflecting on My Three Years in the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program

Nikhita Azad, an international relations major and human rights minor, recalls being an incoming international student and feeling anxious about coming to a new country and environment. She credits the mentorship she received through the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program as helping to make her transition easier.

Nikhita enjoyed the experience so much, she stayed with the program and served as a mentor and coordinator. Now, she details her three years of involvement in a new blog post.

Read more about Nikhita Azad's mentorship journey

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