UC Davis Today: International students succeed at UC Davis

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International students succeed at UC Davis

This fall, UC Davis welcomed its largest-ever group of new international undergraduates with programs to help their transition to U.S. college life — from culture shock to different expectations in the American classroom.

The university enrolled about 600 new international undergraduates — 70 percent to 80 percent more than last year — and is offering them expanded orientation services, as well as a new mentoring program and a special seminar series.

The new programs offer additional support for international students as UC Davis moves to increase their numbers to offer a more global experience for all of its students. Similar services are provided for all new students, but these focus on the unique needs of international students. 

International House Davis, a nonprofit affiliated with UC Davis that is a “home away from home” for students and scholars, offers weekly meetings and get-togethers, free entertainment, new art shows, language classes and housing help. 

One of the International House’s annual events is the International Festival Davis, set for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 6) at Veterans’ Memorial Center
, 203 East 14th St. in Davis. The event features exhibits, activities and booths associated with countries, regions and themes. 

Finally, UC Davis will host an International Education Week during Nov. 12-16 to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 

Each year, new international students attend an undergraduate orientation hosted by Services for International Students and Scholars. Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo

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