Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the Summer Start program?
  • Friday, August 2 - Saturday, September 14, 2019.
  • Who is eligible to participate in the Summer Start program?
  • New international or multilingual freshmen admitted for fall quarter. Eligible students receive an invitation to apply for Summer Start in MyAdmissions.
  • When did the Summer Start program begin?
  • Summer Start began in 2013 as a small, 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 programs in the University of California system, serving just over 15% of the incoming international freshman class.
  • Where do Summer Start students come from?
  • Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.
  • 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 2, 2019, that allows you to attend Summer Start and continue into fall quarter. You should 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 documents that match your plans. If you already have an I-20 with a September 2019 program start date, you need to request a revised I-20 with the start date of August 2, 2019. If you already received an F-1 visa, you may keep it. However, you will need to request a revised I-20You are responsible for the cost of shipping each I-20.
  • What courses will I take?
  • You will take an Academic Skills class and a combination of other classes 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 (ELWR), you will take courses toward fulfilling 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 8 to 10 units. Your advisor will help determine the right course plan for you. In 2018, students in 10 units achieved the highest GPAs.
  • 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 Continuing and Professional Education - International, 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 Friday, August 2. 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 2 – September 14.  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 online 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.