Frequently Asked Questions for the Global Study Program (GSP)

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Students from select partner universities must be in high academic standing to participate in this program. They must have the recommendation of their home university and demonstrate academic preparation for college-level academic study in English. Accepted students must also demonstrate a high level of personal maturity.

What courses will I take?

This flexible program is designed to meet individual student needs through enrollment in a combination of course offerings. With more than 104 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate programs, UC Davis provides a wide range of options.

When do classes start?

The program is offered in 11-week sessions (10 weeks of classes, followed by one week of exams) throughout the academic year. Summer quarter is divided into two 6-week sessions. See the following chart for program dates. Students accepted into the program may start during any of the four academic sessions throughout the year.

Academic Calendar

2017-2018 Academic Year
Summer Session I 2017 Summer Session II 2017 Fall Quarter 2017 Winter Quarter 2018 Spring Quarter 2018
Application Deadline April 5, 2017 May 3, 2017 October 6, 2017 January 11, 2018
Recommended Day of Arrival June 24, 2017 August 5, 2017 September 16, 2017 January 6, 2018 March 31, 2018
Orientation June 26, 2017 August 7, 2017 September 20, 2017 January 8, 2018 April 2, 2018
Classes Begin June 26, 2017 August 7, 2017 September 27, 2017 January 8, 2018 April 2, 2018
Mid-Term Exams Any time between week 2 and week 4 Any time between week 2 and week 10
Final Exams August 4, 2017 September 15, 2017 December 11-15, 2017 March 19-23, 2018 June 8, 11-14, 2018
Academic Holidays July 4, 2017 September 4, 2017 November 10, 23-24, 2017 January 15 and
February 19, 2018
May 28, 2018

Will anyone help me with the I-20 document and F-1 visa process?

UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education’s International programs offer extensive advising services and can provide all of the vital information you need while studying in the United States.

Where will I live?

The International Housing Office can assist you with a variety of housing options, including homestay and apartments. With a homestay arrangement, you will live with a local family and experience an American family lifestyle. You can also rent out a room with a Davis family or in an apartment. Renting a room is an excellent opportunity to live with others who are not part of the GSP.

What is life like in Davis?

Students in the UC Davis Global Study Program are fully integrated into student life. They take challenging courses, participate in internships and research, join campus events and recreational activities, and form deep and lasting friendships with other students. For information about student life at UC Davis, visit our Student Life website.

What if I get sick?

The on-campus Student Health and Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes the latest technology and provides quality and cost-sensitive care tailored to the unique and diverse needs of UC Davis students.

Am I required to have health insurance?

All students attending UC Davis are required to have health insurance. You may choose to purchase private health insurance, or you can purchase health insurance through the GSP office. If you want to have private health insurance, you will need to provide us with verification that you have coverage.

Do I need to have any vaccines before I arrive in Davis?


How much does the program cost?*

Contact your local International Office for more information concerning tuition. Living expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year were between $9,000 and $12,000:

  • Accommodations (off-campus): $420-775 per month
  • Meals: $375 per month
  • Local transportation: University and local public bus passes are included in student fees. A bicycle is a worthwhile expenditure ($50 or more)
  • Materials: $450-1,425 per year
  • Personal expenses: vary
  • Optional: UC Davis’ Division of Continuing and Professional Education medical insurance for international visitors is $1,300 per academic year

*Fees subject to change. Please note that the estimated expenses above do not include travel or excursion expenses throughout the United States.

Will my UC Davis courses be applied toward my degree at my home university?

Program advisers maintain close coordination with the home institutions and provide ongoing academic advising support and oversight for each student so educational goals are met.