International Students

Student Visa

The UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) department issues your Form I-20 (needed in order to apply for a F-1 visa) or Form DS-2019 (for a J-1 visa). These forms will be issued 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 expenses). If your spouse or children are planning to accompany you to Davis, then 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 United States dollars. UC Davis issues your I-20 and DS-2019 only after the GSM receives the financial documentation. It can take several weeks to obtain a visa after UC Davis issues your I-20 and DS-2019. Please submit the required documents no later than June 1 and ensure they are complete and accurate.

If you have any questions concerning your student visa, contact SISS at 530-752-0864 or email them.

For additional questions, GSM students may email MBA Admissions, or MPAC Admissions, or call us at (530) 752-7658.

Financial Information that Must be Completed and Submitted

The following forms must be submitted before the I-20 or DS-2019 are issued:

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

International Student Immigration Mandatory Check-in and SISS Overview

Fall 2015 Date To Be Announced

This check-in and SISS overview is for all MBA and MPAc international students. The session will cover issues you may encounter as part of your UC Davis GSM experience. Click here to review what will be covered and what to bring.

Full-Time MBA and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAc) Orientation

Fall 2015 Dates To Be Announced

Orientation sessions will prepare you academically, professionally and socially to excel in the UC Davis MBA and MPAc programs and beyond. We’ve created a comprehensive orientation that includes active learning sessions, critical thinking exercises and networking opportunities to set the stage for your future success at UC Davis.

What to Consider as you Begin Your GSM Program

Arrival in the U.S.

Plan to arrive in Davis by mid-August to find appropriate housing and furnishings, and to prepare for orientation. If you plan to take waiver exams (MBA students only), you will need sufficient time to study.

Transportation Services

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

  • When you arrive at the airport, call the Davis Airporter toll free number
    (800) 565-5153

SuperShuttle provides service from airports in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, among other locations.

Amtrak provides bus and train transportation between the San Francisco Airport and Davis.

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. It 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 luggage.

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

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

In and Around Davis

Bicycle is the best form of transport in and around town

 Unitrans and Yolobus are the local bus systems that operate on various schedules 

 Zipcar is an auto rental service that will rent for a few hours, a full day, or over the weekend. There are many convenient pick-up locations both on the UC Davis campus and in down town Davis.

  • IMPORTANT: Bring a certificate from your country’s highway patrol or your insurance company with your accident/claims history. This document should be in English. It will be much easier to get this documentation prior to leaving your country.


To find housing, go to the SISS housing website here and review the “Off-Campus Housing Resources”. Another option is to search on Craigslist.

Need a Roommate?

Contact other incoming students who are looking for an apartment – there are the admitted LinkedIn groups that might assist you in making these contacts.

Another option is to ask if there are students who are leaving for an exchange program and would like to sub-lease you their place.

Cost of Housing

The cost of  renting a decent room in a house or apartment within 15-20 minutes biking distance is around $400 – $600. Bigger rooms (or places closer to downtown) typically cost more. Studio apartments start from $850 – $1,200.

Living Expenses

A generally 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

After Arriving in Davis

  1. Find a place to live
  2. Purchase a mobile phone with a U.S. telephone number. Provide new numbers to the Graduate School of Management
  3. Secure utilities such as gas and electricity.
  4. Open a bank account.
  5. Visit DMV to obtain a California ID card or driver’s license.
  6. Purchase a new bike from the ASUCD Bike Barn or from any bike store in town or purchase a used bike Craig’s List
  7. If basic mode of transportation is a bike, be sure to purchase a heavy duty bike lock to help prevent theft, and make sure to use a well-fitting helmet and light for safety.

Shopping Outlets in and Around Davis


Davis Food Co-op is a great place to get locally-grown and organic produce, poultry, and meats. They have a gourmet cheese deli that has both locally made cheeses as well as international. Can also get local dairy products.

Trader Joe’s is located at 885 Russell Blvd. TJ’s is close to campus and has a wide selection of frozen entrees, canned goods, produce and dairy items. It is also an affordable place to purchase wine and beer.

Whole Foods is located at 500 1st Street and provides organic produce, poultry, meats and many other high end food items.

Safeway is a large, general grocery store where you will find commercially-grown and some organic produce and meats, convenience foods, cleaning supplies, etc. There are two Safeway locations in Davis.

Home Furnishings

 IKEA in West Sacramento  is 20-minute drive from Davis.

Ace Hardware in Davis

 Target in Davis


Premium Outlets in Vacaville is a 20-minute Drive west of Davis.

Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento is about a 30-minute Drive east of Davis.

TJ Maxx and Target are on 2nd Street in Davis near the Mace Boulevard intersection.

There are also some boutique stores in Downtown Davis.

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


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