Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the Summer Start program begin?
  • The Summer Start program will begin on Saturday, August 4th. Plan to attend an orientation on this date. Classes will begin on Monday, August 6th.
  • Who is eligible to participate in the 2018 Summer Start program?
  • All new international freshmen who have submitted a Statement of Intent to Register for fall quarter are eligible. 
  • When did the Summer Start program begin?
  • Summer Start was established in 2013 as an elective academic and cultural immersion program for incoming international freshmen. Since then, the program has grown to be one of the largest international pre-freshman program in the University of California system, serving just over 10% of the incoming international freshman class.
  • Where do Summer Start students come from?
  • The diversity of students has also increased, with program participants from around the world including Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Panama, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States. In its fourth year, Summer Start at UC Davis emerged as the second largest credit-bearing international freshman preparation program in the UC system.
  • Who will process my I-20 so that I can arrive early in Davis for the Summer Start program?
  • You will request your I-20 through iGlobal after submitting your application. This ensures you receive an I-20 with the appropriate start date, August 4, 2018, that allows you to attend Summer Start and continue into fall quarter. Do not request an I-20 for Summer Start and another I-20 for fall. For complete instructions visit the Visa page.
  • What if I already have an I-20 for September?
  • Sometimes plans change, and it is necessary that you enter the United States with the appropriate I-20 and F-1 visa. If you already have an I-20 with a September 2018 program start date, you need to request a revised I-20 with the start date of August 4, 2018 to attend Summer Start. If you already received an F-1 visa, you may keep it. However, you will need to request a revised I-20 with a start date of August 4, 2018You are responsible for the cost of shipping each I-20.
  • What courses will I take?
  • You will take an Academic Preparation class and a combination of other classes. You can immediately start working towards your degree requirements, including courses in writing, math, linguistics, and other selected courses. Because each degree has different requirements, your advisor will work with you to pick the right combination of coursesIf you have not completed the Entry Level Writing Requirement, you will take courses toward fulfilling the ELWR. Final placement into writing courses will be determined by the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE), administered in May. This gives you a head start on a requirement that has an inflexible deadline. 
  • How many courses can I take?
  • You will take between 3 and 4 courses. Together, this will total 6 to 10 units. Your advisor will help determine the right course plan for you. 
  • How can I be sure of Summer Start’s academic quality?
  • Academic oversight of the Summer Start Program is provided by the Office of Undergraduate Education. The mission of Undergraduate Education is to enhance the learning experiences available at UC Davis and ensure that our undergraduates are equipped to fully participate in the dynamic intellectual life of our research university. In partnership with UC Davis Extension, our office is committed to supporting international student success by offering an early opportunity to complete degree requirements, become familiar with campus resources, and learn how to fully participate in the academic culture of UC Davis. In addition, for students with developing English language skills, the program offers opportunities to exercise and strengthen these skills.
  • How can I get from San Francisco International airport to Davis when I arrive in the US?
  • Summer Start will provide a bus to transport students flying into San Francisco International airport on Saturday, August 4th. The first bus will leave at 11:00 am PDT and the second at 2:00 pm PDT. You are not required to fly into San Francisco and taking our bus to Davis is optional. The fee for this bus service is $25. 
  • Where will I live?
  • You will live in a residence hall on campus in a double room. The Summer Start program is 6 weeks, August 4 – September 15. Exceptions can be made for students with family in the immediate area. Residence hall accommodations between Summer Start and fall term will be available for an additional cost. Visit our Housing and Dining page.
  • Will I need to attend the International and National Orientation (INO) in September?
  • No. Summer Start is an orientation program with the added benefit of courses for credit.
  • When will I register for my fall quarter classes?
  • You will register for fall classes in June or July at the same time as other freshmen in your college. You will receive advising by email from your college and register online. During Summer Start, you will meet in person with an academic advisor in your college to review your fall schedule and make changes if needed.