SISS Newsletter

Information and Updates

Planning for Spring Quarter

Chancellor Gary S. May recently updated the UC Davis community with information about planning for spring quarter. In his update, he explained that although spring will be similar to winter quarter, more in-person courses will be made available, with some designed for graduating seniors.

As spring approaches, F-1 students may have questions about remote and in-person courses next quarter. Please read the update from International Students & Scholars (SISS) to ensure you remain in compliance. If you have additional questions about your visa status or similar issues, please contact your SISS Advisor.

Know Your SISS Student Advisor

SISS Student Advisors are assigned based on the first letter of the student's last name. Advisor assignments can change throughout the year. Make sure you stay up to date and know who your SISS Student Advisor is. Visit our staff directory to find your advisor.

Staff directory

Change of Address for OPT Applications

If you have recently submitted or will soon submit an OPT/STEM OPT application, please note the updated mailing address. Students must now mail documents to USCIS Chicago Lockbox via an express mail courier (Federal Express, UPS, DHL, etc.) to:  

Attn: I-765 C03
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Learn more about student employment

Planning Upcoming Travel

Many of you have questions about traveling. Based on the warnings from the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), University of California advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international and domestic travel, which includes a return home or vacation.

Please read the Travel Advisory from Global Affairs for updated information about the current travel climate.

Protect Yourself From Scams

Shortly before winter break, a new scam was reported that offers to reserve COVID-19 vaccines. Please be aware of this and other various scam and fraud attempts that are out there at this time, including spoofed calls appearing to come from government agencies. 

Campus Ready Survey and Dashboard

Visit the Campus Ready website for the latest information about accessing campus, testing, and the daily COVID-19 symptom survey. UC Davis also reports weekly COVID-19 information for campus on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

COVID-19 and Campus Updates for International Students and Scholars

We encourage our international students and scholars to seek out campus resources to stay informed of campus 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 related to visa and immigration status. Find your SISS Advisor and schedule an appointment.

For more information about COVID, please visit Center for Disease Control.

Programs and Events

Language Tour with Global Ambassador Mentorship Program

Undergraduate students are invited to learn brief histories and fun facts about Arabic, French, Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin while they connect with other undergraduate students. 

  • Date and time: Feb. 5, 2021, 8–9 p.m. (PST)

Learn more and register

Scholar Coffee Break

We invite international scholars to connect with peers during the monthly SISS Scholar Coffee Break. 

  • Date and time: Feb. 11, 2021, 9–10 a.m. (PST)

Learn more and register

Winter 2021 UC Davis Forum on the UN SDGs

The Winter 2021 Forum will focus on the connections between addressing global challenges and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, and will highlight ways that UC Davis the campus is contributing to specific efforts, including Zero Hunger, Climate Action, and more. 

  • Date and time: Feb. 11, 2021, 9–10 a.m. (PST)

Learn more and register

32nd Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference

  • Priority abstract deadline: Feb. 9, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (PST)
  • Final abstract deadline: Feb. 16, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (PST)
  • Conference dates: April 28–May 1, 2021

Learn more and register

Why Play Works: A Conversation with Jill Vialet

The quarterly Think. Do. Discover. Speaker Series brings innovative leaders from diverse fields to our (virtual) campus to inspire Aggies. This quarter's event features Jill Vialet, founder of the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland and Playworks.

  • Date and time: Feb. 9, 2021, 5:30–7 p.m. (PST)

Learn more and register

Aggies Leading the Way! Undergraduate Leadership Conference

Join for a series of engaging speakers and interactive sessions that will explore topics and strategies related to personal wellness, strengthening relationships, and discovering your place in creating change. 

  • Dates: Feb. 4–6, 2021

Learn more and register

Conversations with Latin American Authors

UC Davis Global Affairs, the UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, and Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies present The Art of Memory: An Ethnographer's Journey, as part of the series "Conversations with Latin American Authors”. Author Stefano Varese, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, will discuss his new book The Art of Memory: An Ethnographer's Journey with comments by Charles R. Hale, Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara.

  • Date and time: Feb. 24, 2021, 12–1 p.m. (PST)

Learn more and register

Graduate and Postdoc Certificate Seminar Series

This series encourages graduate students and postdocs to consider how their research and career aspirations position them to respond to global challenges. Participants will be provided insights from mid- and late-career professionals on how to improve networking and leadership skills for success in intercultural work environments, whether in the public, private, or academic sectors. 

Learn more

UC Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies Presents Colloquium: Other Racisms

The UC Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies presents Colloquium: Other Racisms with artist and curator Christopher K. Ho 

  • Date and time: April 2, 2021, 5–6:30 p.m. (PDT)

Learn more and register

Opportunities and Announcements

Online Counseling Services Available to Students in the U.S.

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers expanded appointment services with the addition of online video and telephone consultations. Students inside the U.S. can schedule an appointment with an SHCS medical or mental health provider, by logging in to Health-e-Messaging, selecting "Schedule or Cancel an Appointment" and following the prompts.

Learn more

Grad Slam Returns

Grad Slam is the annual event for master’s and doctoral students to share their research story concisely and compellingly, in three minutes or less! Not only will you refine your research communication skills, but the winners will also take home prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500. 

  • Deadline: Feb. 11, 2021 

Learn more and register

International Student Leadership Award Entries Open

The Student Advisors to the Chancellor present the International Student Leadership Award, recognizing and rewarding UC Davis international students who have played meaningful leadership roles in their community. Awards are a one-time award of up to $1,000 given to qualifying recipients.

  • Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021 

Learn more and apply

Opportunity to Participate in Dissertation Research Study and Raffle

A doctoral candidate at St. Mary's College of California at the Kalmanovitz School of Education is conducting a study on higher education experiences and careers. This research project involves one online survey, which will take approximately 25-minutes to complete. As an expression of gratitude for your time, after completing the survey, by March 15, you will have the option to enter a raffle to receive a $50 gift e-card. 

  • Deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Questions? Email Denishia L. Clark, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, or S. Marshall Perry, Ph.D., Dissertation Chair, Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Associate Professor

Review criteria terms and take the survey

Join Our Facebook Group

International students and scholars are invited to join the SISS Facebook Group for updates and to connect with peers. To request membership, follow the link below and answer the three membership questions. 

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Finding Your Global Community

Find your global community at UC Davis no matter where you are this winter.

Finding Your Global Community

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.

GoinGlobal Career Support Portal Now Live 

GoinGlobal provides career and employment resources for more than 120 worldwide locations. 

More information

Slack Channel for International Scholars

International scholars can join a special channel on Slack to exchange information about international academia in the U.S., share helpful links, provide moral support to the community, and discuss issues and advocacy. All are welcome.

Join on Slack

Student and Scholar Spotlight

International Student Jennifer Li featured in The Aggie

Recently, Jennifer Li described her experience as a first-year UC Davis student studying from Singapore as she adjusted to student life, juggled early morning classes, and discovered ways to virtually engage with campus.

Read more

About Services for International Students and Scholars

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS), within Global Affairs, is helping to build a campus community that includes students and scholars from over 140 countries and six continents. SISS serves more than 10,000 international students, faculty, and researchers and their accompanying family members who come to UC Davis each year.  We welcome the world to UC Davis.

As a part of Global Affairs, Services for International Students and Scholars aims to inspire global curiosity, understanding, and engagement.