Student Team Wins Amazon Alexa Artificial Intelligence Challenge

December 11, 2018
A team of students from the University of California, Davis, has won the global 2018 Amazon Alexa Prize and a $500,000 prize for creating a “chatbot” that can converse engagingly with humans on a range of topics such as entertainment, sports, politics, technology and fashion.

I-20 Pick-Up

F-1 students who began in Fall 2018 or during Summer Start, this I-20 identifies you as a continuing student at UC Davis. It replaces the I-20 you needed to arrive on campus. The travel signature will be valid for one year.

Changes to CPT Authorizations

September 14, 2018
Due to recent changes in USCIS policy, SISS will no longer approve on-campus positions more than 50% during academic terms.

Intercultural communication helps students face global challenges together

August 29, 2018
This fall, a course on intercultural project-based seminar, taught by Professor Philipp Zerbe, will be offered to increase students' ability to work collaboratively on global challenges and will be an extension of the Global Education for All initiative.

International Ice Cream Social

Join us in the International Center lobby to mingle with fellow incoming international students and scholars while enjoying some ice cream!

SISS Student Advising

Drop-In Appointments

Drop-in advising does not require an appointment. These meetings are reserved for quick issues that take no more than 10 minutes. The Drop-In Advisor will help students with issues approved for drop-in on a first come, first serve basis.  

J-1 Students


The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was developed by the United States government in conjunction with governments of countries around the world to serve as a forum for educational and cultural exchange.  The program provides opportunities for students, scholars, and their dependents to spend time in foreign countries learning skills and sharing their knowledge and culture. 

F-1 Students


Most students coming to UC Davis use the F-1 visa. The most important responsibility of F-1 students is maintaining your lawful status. Below are a few things of note about students in F-1 status.  

MBA and MPAc Orientation

Graduate School of Management & School of Law

The Graduate School of Management will have their SISS Orientation at the Graduate School of Management as part of GSM orientation.