For Incoming Students

Congratulations! Welcome to the ITS-Davis family. This page contains, or links to, information for all incoming ITS-Davis students.

ITS-Davis New Graduate Student Orientation

The 2018 mandatory new student orientation will be held in West Village on Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:00-4:30pm. Prior to the “business” portion of the orientation, we enjoyed the annual Fall Barbeque (all students, faculty and staff invited) from noon to 2 p.m on the West Village Square.

Incoming Graduate Student Facebook Group

You are welcome to join our Facebook group for graduate students entering in fall 2018. The group is designed to introduce incoming graduate students to life at UC Davis and will post on a variety of topics, including housing, transportation, funding, wellness, and social engagement.

UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Orientation

You are invited to participate in the Fall Orientation hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies. – a three-day orientation with workshops training and networking opportunities. For more information, including registration, click here.

* Graduate Diversity Orientation Program (GDOP) | September 13 – 14

* International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO) | September 14

* Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) | September 17

Academic Calendar

Fall Quarter 2018 begins on Monday, September 24. To find out the holiday breaks and other important dates, visit the UC Davis campus calendar.

Computer and E-Mail Accounts

You may obtain a UC Davis e-mail address, login ID, and Kerberos password online here. (Please provide your new e-mail address to Annemarie Schaaf,, so that she can add you to our e-mail lists to make sure you don’t miss any future important announcements.)

Student ID Number

Your student ID number was given to you in your official letter of admission from the Office of Graduate Studies. You can access your letter by returning to the Embark Online Admission system.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Your graduate student health insurance became effective the first day of the Fall 2018 quarter (Monday, Sept. 24). SHIP information may be reviewed here at the SHIP website. If you plan to continue to carry private insurance, download the waiver found on the SHIP website. Return the form and documentation to the Cowell Health Center by the date indicated on the SHIP website.

UC Davis Photo ID Cards

New graduate students will receive a UC Davis AggieCard, your official UC Davis identification. Graduate students can upload their photo and pick up their AggieCard during the summer at the AggieCard office.

International Student Orientation Program

International students should check in with Services for International Students and Scholars. For more information please review the SISS Newly Admitted Students website.

English for International Students

All new international graduate students are required to take an English language course during their first academic year, unless they meet the requirements listed here.