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.

Global Ambassador

Global Aggies: The Okaranchi Story—An Ingenious Tale of “Recycled” Food

May 31, 2019
A UC Davis team of five international undergraduate students has earned a spot in the finals at the 29th Annual Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Product Development Competition with their Okaranchi Crackers - a nutrient-packed cracker made from okara, the soy pulp by-product of soybean processing.

Global Ambassador Mentees

What is a Global Ambassador 'Mentee'?

This program matches first-year and transfer international students with a student mentor to help them adjust to life at UC Davis. As a mentee, you can ask your mentor questions about student life at UC Davis and America, ask about resources and fun events (virtually for now and on campus when we reopen), and have someone you know before you arrive on campus. Our mentors are not just mentors, but also hope to create a friendship with you and make the most of your first year here at UC Davis.

Meet Your 2018-2019 Global Ambassadors

Lauren Barr

Country of Origin: United States

Languages: English, Japanese

Majors: International relations, Japanese

Year in College: Fourth Year

I have studied abroad in Japan twice, so I understand the initial feelings of excitement and nervousness you may have coming to a country with a culture far different from your own. I will be here for you to give advice and am looking forward to sharing some great experiences with you in the future!

Karen Cai 

Programs and Activities

Program Overview

From International Cafés every quarter to Global Ambassador-led holiday celebrations, there are ongoing opportunities to get involved and meet international and domestic students and scholars. SISS offers events, programs, and opportunities for international students, scholars, and families at UC Davis to explore the campus and the local community. If you are interested in a long-term volunteer commitment, read about the Global Ambassador Mentorship Program