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Your success and enjoyment of your study abroad experience depends on the decisions you make before and after you arrive at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs. To ensure a successful learning and living experience here at UC San Diego, research and consider your housing options thoroughly. After you arrive we will help you enjoy your stay by providing activities, field trips, and other opportunities to practice English or experience American culture.

UC Davis staff genuinely care about you and will help you get the most out of your UC Davis experience - academically, culturally and socially. Our approach is personal, high-touch and supportive. Faculty and staff are invested in your work and will provide you with the knowledge, experience and connections that will advance your career. From important information regarding your visa documents to housing assistance, our experienced, friendly staff will support you through every step of your journey. Our range of services include:



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University Name Company Name Website Email
UC San Diego FA Homestay HA Homestay info@fahomestay.com
UC San Diego DRA Housing DRA Housing daniel@drahousing.com
UC San Diego Universal Student Housing (USH) Universal Student Housing (USH) contact@usaish.com
UC Davis Davis Housing Services Davis Housing Services davishousingservices@gmail.com
UC Davis Worldwide International Student Exchange (WISE) Worldwide International Student Exchange shannon@wisefoundation.com
UC Irvine Student Room Stay Student Room Stay support@studentroomstay.com
UC Irvine Universal Student Housing Universal Student Housing contact@usaish.com
UC Irvine HomestayMatch HomestayMatch contact@homestaymatch.com
UC Irvine Homestay Services International (HSI) Homestay Services International (HSI) homestay@homestayservices.com

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University Name Transportation Trip Area Website
UC San Diego Take a Bus Near UCSD https://www.sdmts.com/
UC San Diego UC San Diego Shuttles Near UCSD https://transportation.ucsd.edu/campus/shuttles/index.html
UC San Diego Take the Train Near UCSD or far away https://transportation.ucsd.edu/commute/transit/index.html
UC Davis Take the Shuttles Sacramento International Airport (SMF) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) https://www.davisairporter.com/
UC Davis Super Shuttle Air port rides or around town or hourly https://www.supershuttle.com/
UC Davis Davis bus system (Unitrans) City Local around https://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/
UC Davis Yolobus Sacramento International Airport, Counties around https://yolobus.com/yolobus/
UC Davis Amtrak Traveling around California https://www.amtrak.com/regions/california.html
UC Irvine Shuttles Airport transit Please contact us
UC Santa Cruze VTA Light Rail System Local transit
UC Santa Cruze Train Service

CALtrain runs from San Francisco to Gilroy and rides range from $3.75 to $30 depending on the number of zones (1-6) you're riding through. Another option is the BART which covers most of San Francisco and the East Bay but none of San Jose.

https://www.caltrain.com/stations-zones

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University Name Capms Activities Website or Trips
UC San Diego

    UCSD Activities

  • Day at the Bay Barbecue & Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Conversation Cafés
  • San Diego Padres Baseball Games
  • Moonlight Kayaking
  • Beach Bonfire​
  • and more!

    San Diego city acativies

  • https://www.sandiegoreader.com
  • https://www.sandiego.org/
  • https://www.everfest.com/lists/california-san-diego-festivals
  • https://www.caltrain.com/stations-zones
UC Davis

    UC Davis Activities

  • Education
  • Ice cream socials
  • Arts and crafts
  • Conversation groups
  • Sports, games and tournaments
  • Cultural potlucks and dances
  • Movie and book discussion groups

    Explore Northern California and Beyond

  • Hiking and observation of nature in Yosemite National Park
  • Visiting and learning about California history in Sacramento, the state's capital
  • Discovering the diversity of American culture in San Francisco
  • Experiencing Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los Angeles
  • Tasting world-famous California wines in the beautiful Napa Valley
  • Showing off athletic abilities while skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe
  • Screaming on the roller coasters at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Rooting for your favorite team at an exciting Sacramento Kings NBA basketball game or a San Francisco Giants baseball game
  • Standing in awe of the majestic Grand Canyon
  • Walking the famous Las Vegas strip
UC Irvine

    Campus Resources

  • Self-Access computer labs for individual study are open at various times around campus
  • Campus libraries (which hold over 3.4 million volumes)
  • Lecture series
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Recreation Center membership for a nominal fee
  • Over 600 student clubs and organizations for almost any interest or hobby
  • The Communication Club for language and cultural exchange with UC Irvine students
  • On-campus recreational games such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, and badminton
  • Anteater sports team events
  • UCI campus-wide student events such as Welcome Fair, Shocktoberfest, Celebrate UCI, Reggaefest, and Relay for Life
  • A healthy, smoke-free environment

    Local Resources

  • How to use the OC’s public transportation system and where to buy a bus pass or shuttle pass
  • The application process for getting a California Driver's License
  • Suggestions and directions for finding local banks and cell phone options
  • Direct help with getting to a shopping center, local attraction, or even a doctor
  • Weekly emails that highlight local events, fairs, and seasonal things to do around Irvine

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F1 Visa

All full-time nonimmigrant students are required to have a valid F-1 visa in their passports to be allowed entry into the United States. After obtaining an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility document, you will need to pay the I-901 (SEVIS) fee and make an appointment for a visa interview at a United States consulate or embassy to get your visa. Visas cannot be obtained within the United States. For general information about getting an F-1 visa, see the Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html.

Steps to Obtain an F-1 Visa

  • Obtaining your I-20 from UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. The I-20 is the certificate of eligibility for the F-1 visa. It will be processed and mailed to you upon acceptance to the program.
  • Paying the I-901 SEVIS fee. Click here for a tutorial.
  • Applying for the F-1 non-immigrant visa and schedule an interview. To do this, go to the website for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to pay the visa fee and complete a DS-160 for you and each accompanying F-2 dependent. The visa fee is an administrative fee to the embassy. It is separate from the I-901 SEVIS fee. View a list of embassies.
  • Attending the visa interview at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, and wait for visa issuance. Refer to the U.S. embassy or consulate website where you will go for your interview for country-specific instructions.

Visa Interviews

  • Passport (valid at least six months into the future)
  • Certificate of Eligibility I-20
  • Proof of acceptance by UC Davis (your enrollment or admissions letter)
  • Evidence of your financial support
  • I-901 (SEVIS) fee receipt
  • Visa application forms and fees. Please check the website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/list-of-posts.html to apply.

One-Year Work Experience • OPT

After completing your 9-12 months certificate programs or Academic programs, you’re eligible to apply to the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services for one year of work authorization. Nearly all of our international students who complete a professional certificate program go on to qualify for unpaid internships and paid work experiences through the federally managed Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

California University Santa Cruze SVE certificate programs' students have amazing experiences in local startups and global companies. In the spring quarter of 2019, our students were authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT) placement in 68 companies in the area.

They are working in software companies, mobile app startups, and bioscience businesses. Sometimes the companies are well-known—Google, LinkedIn, Gilead (Aerotek), Apple, Qualcomm, and Dolby Laboratories; other placements are in smaller companies—SwayPay, Azusa, Oghma Tech Inc, Vaco LLC, University of Pittsburg, Verity Wireless, Biocurious, and organizations still in startup stealth mode.

Roughly 70 percent of our students are working in their field in positions in California. Others have gone on to positions throughout the country, landing in New York, Arizona, New Jersey, and elsewhere.

OPT requires that student placements reflect their study areas. Our students are pursuing diverse interests.

  • 44 percent are working in technology jobs.
  • 20 percent are working business-related jobs.
  • 10 percent are working in bioscience jobs.
  • 4 percent are working in education and nonprofit jobs.

Practice What You Study • Internships

With approval from the internship coordinator, international students pursuing a certificate program can qualify for an unpaid internship and earn credit during their studies.
  • Earn 3.0 units towards maintaining your F-1 status. Internship units cannot apply towards a certificate.
  • Internship has to be related to your certificate program.
  • Work a minimum 90 hours in the quarter, but no more than 200 hours.
  • $200 enrollment fee per quarter.
  • Complete an evaluation form at the end of each quarter to report your internship experience.
  • Obtain your own internship or work with UCSC Extension's internship coordinator to be connected with our partner companies.

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Welcome & Introduction

All students will have an online pre-arrival orientation as well as a welcome and orientation at the beginning of their program.

If you are a new ESL student, you will be given an online placement exam approximately one month before your program starts. This exam will determine your level. You will then be placed in the correct program and required classes.

If you are a university credit or certificate student, your orientation will include a detailed overview of academic policies and program expectations.

Choosing Classes

All of the 8-week ESL programs and some of the four-week ESL programs include electives. We have academic advisers to inform you of the elective options available at your proficiency level and help you choose the best electives for you.

Most of the university credit and certificate programs also allow you to choose classes. We have academic advisers for these programs to help you through the process of enrolling in classes. Courses for these programs are selected after arriving to the U.S. and after the program and academic orientations have been completed. TEFL and Business Certificate program students will receive a course schedule during orientation to provide them with their course information.

Orientation

During orientation week students will meet staff and instructors, and will be provided with important information necessary to have a good experience in the U.S.

Campus Tour

The UC San Diego campus is very big and this walking tour takes about an hour. The purpose of the campus tour is both to orient you and to show you campus locations you may need, such as the main athletic center, the student health center, the library, and the bookstore.

Visa Advising

During orientation week, you are given essential information about the immigration rules in the United States.

International Student Services

The International Student Services Staff is available to advising on their schedule. Please check your school.




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Medical Insurance

The different universities have different medical insurance coverage. For example, UCSD Extension medical insuarnce coverage is below:

  • Unlimited coverage for medically necessary health care, including pre-existing conditions and mental health care
  • Unlimited coverage for medical evacuation
  • Unlimited coverage for repatriation of remains
  • 100% coverage for all medical care after the $100 USD deductible per person, per policy year
  • 100% coverage for prescription drugs after payment of the required co-payments for each prescription. Co-payments are from $10 to $50 per prescription.

The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies medical insurance policy for international students covers hospitalization and other medical expenses, with some exceptions, but not dental or eye care. Medical insurance is non-refundable. For information on this requirement, contact us please.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Assessment

UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs requires all students to complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening in MyStudentChart at least 2 weeks before their program start date. In addition to completing the screening, students are required to submit a TB Health Assessment Form with results, with very few exceptions (depending on individual risk factors).

Each student must log in to MyStudentChart with his or her unique AD username and password to complete the TB screening and upload TB Forms. Students will receive AD account information via email approximately one month before their program begins.

TB testing results must be obtained within a year before the program start date, and the TB Form must be signed by a licensed medical provider.

Students cannot complete registration or start classes without satisfying the TB requirement.

Immunization Requirements

UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs students are required to adhere to campus immunization requirements. Required vaccines include:

  • Tdap
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal (if under 23)
  • Flu Vaccine
  • COVID-19

Immunization records should be submitted in MyStudentChart using the Immunization Form. If students are not able to access immunization records, blood titer test results can be submitted as proof of immunity for most required vaccines.

UC Davise Access to Medical Care

Davis Urgent Care

4515 Fermi Place #105

Davis, CA 95618

(530) 759-9110

Open 7 Days a Week 9 am – 9 pm


Sutter Medical Foundation Urgent Care

2020 Sutter Place

Suite 101

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 750-5830

Monday – Friday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday –Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


In Case of Emergency

If you are injured or need immediate medical attention, call these numbers:

9-1-1 (from off campus and ONLY in emergency situations)

(530) 752-1230 (from on campus)

* Price subject to change.




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The Weather for Year-around

City Spring Summer Fall Winter
Davis Warm days, cool nights, little rain Sunny, hot and dry during the day, mild evening Warm days, coll days, cool nights, little rain. Mild, some sun, some rain, some fag.
San Diego 16-21° C 19-25° C 12-21° C 11-19° C
Santa Cruz 9-22° C 12-24° C 7-19° C 6-18° C
Irvine 14-26° C 18-31° C 12-24° C 10-22° C

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