Frequently Asked Questions for Students

We will update this page and our responses as we receive more questions, and as we receive guidance from Yolo County and the State of California. Because health guidelines are being updated on an almost daily basis, please check this FAQ regularly to see if answers to your questions have changed.

International Students

What does UC Davis plan to do to support their international students given new guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

The University of California, representing UC Davis and the other UC campuses, pursued legal action opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SEVP guidelines for fall 2020 (announced July 6 and 7). However, the situation has been changing. Continuing F-1 international students in the U.S. can pursue up to 100% remote courses without having to leave the country, and continuing F-1 international students outside the U.S. can take remote classes while remaining in status. Incoming students are subject to additional government restrictions at this time, and UC Davis is committed to ensuring there are plenty of in-person or hybrid course offerings to help them satisfy the government’s requirement. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Please work with your SISS Advisor if you have questions about your plans for fall. For more information visit the SISS webpage.

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Where can I find assistance if I have technical problems while taking classes remotely from my home country?

Please visit the Keep Teaching student resources page for assistance with remote learning.

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Will international students who cannot travel to the U.S. in fall be able to learn effectively in their courses if they are all offered remotely?

UC Davis is enabling substantial flexibility to provide all students the opportunity to succeed, excel and thrive in their courses, whether remote or in-person. Faculty are mindful of the varied circumstances that students will be facing — for example, students taking courses in different time zones or without sufficient internet access — and will make reasonable adjustments to address them. Faculty are encouraged, as appropriate, to record lectures and discussion sections, offer flexible testing and promote an inclusive learning environment.

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If I go home and leave the country, will I be able to return to the U.S.?

This is difficult to predict as the situation remains dynamic. SISS continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Be aware of U.S. policies on visitors traveling to the U.S. directly from certain countries, and be prepared to self-isolate upon arrival back in the U.S. Global Affairs regularly updates the campus travel announcements as new information from the U.S. government becomes available. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs will work with international students to ensure they have the proper visa and travel documents and to update their term plans for fall 2020.

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Where can I find information about securing and maintaining employment as a teaching assistant or a graduate student researcher?

Guidelines for new and continuing international students are in development. It is imperative you stay in contact with your graduate program and Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS). Visit the SISS AnnouncementsSISS Student FAQ, and Graduate Student FAQ pages regularly for updates.

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