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Graduate Student Orientation - International Students

International Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) is a two part event event hosted by Graduate Studies and Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS).  International students are students who are studying at UC Davis with an F-1 or J-1 visa. 

SISS holds their program on Friday, September 15, 2017 which is MANDATORY for all incoming international students.  Registration for this program is handled separately from the GSO program.

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IGSO Workshops and Presentations

IGSO on September 18-19, 2017 are two half-day programs consisting of presentations about:

  • Writing in Graduate School: Expectations & Resources
  • The University Writing Program promotes excellence in written communication among UC Davis students and faculty and emphasizes the importance of writing in the larger community. We help undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to master the writing skills they need to succeed as academics, professionals, and citizens. 

    This program also helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with various aspects of their writing, from global concerns such as organization to local concerns such as sentence clarity, and with writing in various genres, such as dissertation chapters, articles, proposals, teaching philosophies, and curriculum vitas.

  • Understanding English Language Requirements at UC Davis
  • This presentation will review the English language requirement and testing options for graduate students at UC Davis. We will review how the tests are rated and how students can prepare to get the best possible scores.  This session is only for graduate students who do not speak English as their first language and have not yet met the English language requirement for holding a teaching assistant position.

    Presented by Dawn Takaoglu and Emily Montgomery

  • Health and Wellness Resources
  • UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments, however urgent care (services without appointments) for acute medical and mental health needs are also available. Services are provided at two primary locations: The Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

    This program will teach international students how and where to access health and wellness services. 

  • Financial Resources
  • Funding graduate school is a significant financial commitment, but the funding experts in Graduate Studies can help make it easier. This workshop will help incoming students navigate the various funding methods at UC Davis. Information about accounting systems, fellowships, academic appointments, and educational loans will be discussed.  

    Presented by Steven Albrecht, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support.
  • Effective Communication in the Classroom
  • This presentation will cover strategies for overcoming accent and language differences.  It will also address methods for addressing breakdown in communication in the classroom settings.  This is specifically designed to prepare international graduate students for their role as a teaching assistant at UC Davis, but all international graduate students are welcome.

    Presented by Dawn Takaoglu, Director of International and Academic English in Undergraduate Education.​