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International Students

Student Visa

The UC Davis Office of International Students and Scholars (SISS) issues your Form I-20 (needed to apply for an F-1 visa) or Form DS-2019 (for a J-1 visa).These forms can be issued only after you have confirmed your enrollment and documented that you have sufficient financial resources for the full cost of your study at UC Davis (tuition, fees, and living expen ses).If your spouse or children accompany yo u to Davis you must document additional resources to support them.

The forms for documenting your financial resources must be submitted to the Graduate School of Management with affidavits certifying the amount and availability of funds in U. S. dollars. UC Davis issues your I-20/DS-2019 Form only after we receive these materials. Once we have received all required documents, we notify SISS to issue your document. It may take several weeks to several months to obtain a visa after you receive the I-20/DS-2019 Form, so it is critical that you submit the required documents early (ideally by June 1) and be sure that they are complete and accurate.

If you have any questions concerning your visa, contact SISS at 530-752-0864 or at siss@ucdavis.edu.

For other questions, contact Admissions at mba.applicant@gsm.ucdavis.edu or mpac.admissions@gsm.ucdavis.edu, or 530-752-7658.

Before your Form I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued, you must complete and return:

  • Enrollment Reply Form
  • Enrollment Deposit
  • Financial Statement for Students
  • Affidavits and letters

International Student Orientation Session

Dates for MBA and MPAc Orientation still TBD. The session will cover some of the specific issues that you may encounter as part of your UC Davis GSM experience.

Peer Advice – Things to consider before you begin the UC Davis MBA or MPAc Program:

Arrival in the U.S.

  • If you have not arranged housing, you should plan to arrive in Davis by mid-August to give yourself time to find appropriate housing.
  • Allow sufficient time to arrive in Davis, take care of the many details involved in securing and furnishing an apartment and allow sufficient time to get settled and to study for your waiver exams if you plan to take them.

Arriving From the Airport

From San Francisco International Airport to Davis

  • Davis Airporter Service will meet your flight, deliver you to the address in Davis that you request, and allow extra baggage.

    To make a reservation click here or
    call (530) 756-6715  *toll free (800) 565-5153

    Davis Airporter Service requests that you call their toll free number upon arrival at the airport and they will contact the driver to confirm your arrival. If your flight is late, telephone as soon as possible and a vehicle will be sent for you.
  • Amtrak provides bus and train transportation between the San Francisco Airport and Davis.  Call (800) 872-7245. For information on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to Amtrak see click here.
  • SuperShuttle Service provides service from airports in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, among other locations. Click here for more information.

From Sacramento International Airport to Davis

  • Yolobus Line #42 leaves the Sacramento Airport every hour at 20 minutes after the hour between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. and arrives at the Memorial Union on the UC Davis campus about 45 minutes later. No reservations are required. Although inexpensive ($1 per person), this bus will not deliver you to a specific address in Davis and may not have space for extra baggage.
  • Davis Airporter Service will meet your flight, deliver you to the address in Davis that you request, and allow extra baggage.

    To make a reservation click here or
    call (530) 756-6715  *toll free (800) 565-5153

    Davis Airporter Service requests that you call their toll free number upon arrival at the airport and they will contact the driver to confirm your arrival. If your flight is late, telephone as soon as possible and a vehicle will be sent for you.
  • Taxi service is also available at the airport, at a cost of approximately $40.
  • SuperShuttle Service provides service from airports in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, among other locations. Click here for more information.

Once You Arrive in Davis

Transportation Around Town

  • Bicycle is the main form of transport in and around town.
  • There are also local Unitrans and Yolobus buses that operate on various schedules.  Unitrans: http://www.unitrans.ucdavis.edu/index.cfm
    Yolobus: http://www.yolobus.com/
  • Zipcar service (www.zipcar.com). Using this service you will enable to rent a car for a few hours or a full day or weekend. There are many Zipcar cars around Davis. It is a very convenient service if you don’t want to own a car but want to be able take it for a few hours (e.g. drive to IKEA). If you plan to use this service, you must get a certificate from your country’s highway patrol or your insurance company with your accident/claims history. This document should be in English and it would be easier to get it prior to leaving your country.

Housing

  • It is possible to find housing after coming to UC Davis. Don’t panic if you don’t have an apartment prior to coming to Davis. Just make sure to arrive a week or more in advance. It may require staying in a hotel for a few days until you can find and lease housing.
  • Roommates: Contact other incoming students who are looking for an apartment – there are the admitted LinkedIn groups that might assist you in making these contacts
  • Ask if there are students who are leaving for an exchange program and would like to sub-lease you their place.
  • Look for housing on (http://sacramento.craigslist.org/). Be aware that it would be extremely difficult to rent a place without meeting in person. You should focus on the apartments that are sub-leased by current tenants (e.g. someone leaving for half a year) as sometimes they are more flexible.

Cost of Housing

  • One can rent a decent room in a house or apartment within 15-20 minutes biking distance for $400 – $600. Bigger rooms (or places closer to downtown) typically cost more. Studios start from $850 – $1,200.  It is sometimes possible to rent a furnished room which is a convenient option.

Living Expenses

  • A general rule of thumb is that the cost of living (food, utilities, and entertainment)  will be approximately $500 – $1000 in addition to your rent.  One can get a simple meal for $6 – $10.  To go out for a beer or glass of wine you would expect to pay approximately $5 each.

General Information about Davis

Key things to do after arriving at Davis:

  • Find a place to live.
  • Purchase a mobile phone with a U.S. phone number. Provide new numbers to the Graduate School of Management.
  • Secure utilities such as gas and electricity.
  • Buy a used bicycle (http://sacramento.craigslist.org/)  or you can also buy a new bike at one of the many bike stores in town.  You will also want to purchase a heavy duty bike lock to help prevent theft.
  • Purchase home goods. There is IKEA in the West Sacramento (20 min drive).  You can also purchase some home goods at Ace Hardware and Target in Davis.
  • General shopping (such as clothing, etc.) there are several nearby malls and shopping centers: (http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=50) in Vacaville which is a 20 min drive south or Arden Fair Mall http://www.ardenfair.com/About and Sacramento Downtown Plaza http://sacdowntownplaza.com/ which are both about 20 min drive east in Sacramento .
  • Open a bank account.
  • Visit DMV (http://daviswiki.org/Department_of_Motor_Vehicles) for California’s ID card or Driver’s license.

Have additional questions? Please contact us at (530) 752-7658

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