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Facts and Distinctions

UC Davis Global Awards and Distinctions 

  • Ranked first in the diversity and internationalization category in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: USA (2021, 2020)
  • Named as the only university to earn the Platinum Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research and Engagement from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, or APLU (2020)
  • Awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2020)
  • Named a Historically Top Volunteer-Producing College and University
  • Named a Top Fulbright U.S. Scholar Producer (2019-20)
  • Ranked 6th among public U.S. universities and 13th overall for hosting international scholars (IIE Open Doors, 2022-23)
  • Ranked 16th among public U.S. universities for hosting international students (IIE Open Doors, 2022-23)
  • Named a Top Fulbright U.S. Student Producer (2022-23, 2018-19)
  • Named a Top Gilman International Scholarship Recipient Producer (2021-22, 2020-21, 2018-19, 2016-17)

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UC Davis Global Fast Facts

  • 10,000+ students participate in global learning experiences
  • Student global learning opportunities are offered in more than 50 countries
  • UC Davis welcomes more than 7,500 international students and more than 2,100 international scholars from 140+ countries (IIE Open Doors)
  • More than 700 students participated in courses with a new global learning emphasis, stemming from adjustments made by 30 faculty from 25 departments through the first-ever Global Affairs Curriculum Enhancement Through Global Learning program cohort (2018-19)
  • Since 2001, Global Affairs Seed Grants have funded more than 246 global projects with $2.7 million leading to $40 million in external funding
  • Global Affairs hosts more than 190 international visitors as a part of 38 delegations from 37 institutions in 23 countries
  • Global Affairs hosts more than 200 events reaching 6,000 participants on campus and in the community each year
  • UC Davis is 1 of 5 U.S. universities, and the only University of California campus selected to host both the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and Mandela Washington Fellowship

Mandela Fellows at event on campus