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Having a strong understanding of the English language is important in your success at UC Davis. If you have been studying in the United States for less than two years and your native language and school language of instruction prior to your study in the United States was not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency. You may do so in one of the following ways:
*Meeting these standards also satisfies the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR).
Students applying for admission as freshmen must submit scores on an approved test of mathematics, language arts and writing—either the ACT plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. These tests must be taken no later than December of the last year of secondary school. If you are currently residing or attending school in a country where the ACT plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test is offered, you are required to take one of the tests, self-report your scores on your application and submit official test results to UC by the stated application deadlines. We are sympathetic to the fact that students living in certain countries where these tests are not offered (e.g., China, the Islamic Republic of Iran) are challenged to fulfill this requirement. However, given the large number of applications we receive from students throughout the world, we very rarely make exceptions to the requirement.
As an international student, you will need a passport and temporary visa as well as the appropriate forms and documentation in order to attend school in the United States. All international students must obtain a valid passport and F-1 or J-1 visa. The process to apply for a visa for the U.S. can be confusing, and it is very important you follow the necessary steps to obtain the correct status to enter the country. To help you navigate the process, the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) office is available to assist you with visa and immigration issues.
SISS also provides additional support with financial, personal and academic issues. At the beginning of the school year, SISS hosts an orientation for international students to help you get acquainted with the regulations for maintaining your visa status, information on work options with an F-1 or J-1 visa and academic resources. They also provide valuable tips on living in the U.S. and life as a UC Davis student.