University of California, Davis

One of the top public research universities in the world, UC Davis offers undergraduates a challenging education and unmatched research and internship opportunities in every academic discipline. Students become part of an active, diverse student community on a beautiful campus immersed in science and the arts.

We are committed to providing you with access to a world-class education.
UC Davis is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States, offering more than 100 undergraduate majors, six professional schools (Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing) and 92 graduate programs. Our majors are grouped by areas of study in four academic colleges: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. For a complete list of majors, please click here. You can also enhance your studies with a double major or minor. At UC Davis you’ll receive relevant, hands-on experience in whichever major you choose. Our student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 and the friendliness and collaborative spirit of the faculty, staff, and the student body stimulates intellectual development in a supportive and caring environment.

Top employers as well as prestigious graduate and professional schools seek out UC Davis graduates because they are well rounded, exceedingly prepared, culturally competent and possess critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills.

The UC Davis campus is located in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of 65,000 located in the heart of California’s Central Valley. The Davis community offers wonderful cultural and recreational opportunities for students and is friendly, active, and safe. The state capital is 15 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley are nearby.


  • 8th among top public research universities in the United States
    U.S. News & World Report
  • 5th among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars
    Open Doors 2010 Report on International Educational Exchange
  • 38th among the world’s universities
    World University Rankings 2011–12 by Times Higher Education
  • 10th happiest U.S. college campus
    Newsweek College Rankings 2011
  • 1st among “America’s Coolest Schools”
    Sierra Magazine, 2012

Student demographics

  • Total enrollment: 32,653
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,096
  • Graduate enrollment: 7,557
  • International Student Enrollment: 1,620
  • Male 45% Female 55%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 15:1
  • Faculty: 1,673
  • Number of countries represented on campus: More than 100

ESL program and/or support services


There are a number of opportunities for international students to improve or practice their English, ranging from formal classes of intensive study to informal private arrangements, at the UC Davis campus and in the city of Davis.

The English as a Second Language Program, housed in the Department of Linguistics, offers courses for registered students at UC Davis, both undergraduate and graduate. The ESL program serves international students, exchange students, and both recent and long-term immigrants. Three, four, and five-unit courses in writing and speaking skills are available, as well as one-unit courses in selected academic skills, such as reading, communication and culture, vocabulary development, listening comprehension, grammar, and writing. The PAL (Partners in Acquiring Language) Conversation Program pairs up U.S. students with new international students at UC Davis for informal conversation practice for approximately 1 hour per week.

UC Davis Extension English language programs can help to improve your ability to communicate effectively in American English. Choose from four and ten-week intensive programs, customized programs for groups as well as specialized English language programs for medical and legal professionals.

The Student Academic Success Center offers help with general study skills, math/science study skills, essay and term paper writing, reading efficiency, English as a second language, time-management skills, test-taking skills, and test anxiety reduction.

The Language Learning Center (LLC) is where faculty, staff, and students can come together to study language and culture. It consists of a variety of classroom, lab, and multi-purpose spaces-all with a focus on facilitating language learning, research, and culture.

There are also opportunities to learn English off-campus, in the community of Davis:

Please click here to learn more about ESL.

Please click here to learn more about the UC Davis Extension.

Please click here to learn more about the Student Academic Success Center.

Please click here to learn more about the Language Learning Center.

Please click here to learn more about the International House Davis.

Please click here to learn more about the Davis Adult School.

Support Services

UC Davis offers many resources to help you settle into campus and connect with other international students, advise you on your coursework and prepare you for graduate school and a career. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) is available to assist with visa and immigration issues. The Global Ambassadors Mentorship Program, offered through SISS, provides international students with an intercultural leadership class and connects current international students with incoming freshmen and transfers. SISS also offers a series of workshops to help you better understand classroom dynamics and balancing schoolwork with social activities. For more information, please click here.

Student Housing options

Freshmen are guaranteed two years of housing, and transfer students are guaranteed one year or assistance finding a place to live.

UC Davis offers a variety of student housing options on campus and in the city of Davis. As an international student, living in one of our three residence hall areas is the best way to get comfortable with the campus and make friends quickly. The residence halls provide students with academic support, leadership development and workshops for getting settled within a diverse community.

Meal plans are included with residence hall living, and students love our food! Our campus dining commons present dishes freshly prepared to order at a variety of specialty cuisine stations. Each of our three dining commons offers international, vegetarian and vegan options with food that is farm-fresh and locally sourced.

Off-campus housing is abundant, and after living in the residence halls, students typically live in the city of Davis. The city of Davis is more affordable than most UC communities and transportation costs to campus and throughout the area are minimal. A majority of housing in town is within easy biking distance of campus. For more information, click here.

Application deadlines

Undergraduate Admissions: November 1–30
Application fee: $80

Graduate: Varies, click here to check individual program deadlines.
Application fee: $100

Admission requirements

You are a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university. You are a transfer applicant if you have completed secondary school and enrolled in a college or university.

International students must meet the same eligibility requirements and will be included in the same selection process as U.S. students. You may be required to take an English proficiency test and provide additional documentation based upon your country of origin. Before you begin the admission process, you should ensure that you meet UC Admission Requirements, which you can learn about by clicking here. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. Applicants who are admitted typically well exceed UC admission requirements.

ACT or SAT is required for freshman admission. SAT Subject Tests are not required. If you have attended both foreign and U.S. schools, both your foreign and U.S. courses and grades will be considered.

Click here for more information.

International Student visas issued

F1 and J1

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Fees $36,755
Room and Board $13,503
Insurance $1,380
Books and Supplies $1,602
Transportation $569
Total $53,809

International students may be eligible for fellowships, scholarships, or grants as well as private loans. Paid internships and student jobs are also available. For more information, click here.