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Applying as an international student

UC Davis welcomes international student applications from around the globe. The campus is home to more than 4,500 international undergraduates, a reflection of our diverse community of students and scholars.

International Requirements

Before you begin the admission process, you should ensure that you meet the UC Admission Requirements for either freshman or transfer applicants. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. Applicants who are admitted typically will exceed UC admission requirements. View our Admitted Student Profile for freshmen and transfers to learn more about the academic performance of our recently admitted students.

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International students must meet the same admission requirements and will be included in the same selection process as students from the United States. If you have attended both non-U.S. and U.S. schools, both your non-U.S. and U.S. courses and grades will be considered. You may also be required to demonstrate English proficiency depending on the language of instruction at your secondary schools and the number of years you have been instructed in English or another language prior to studying in the United States.

Apply for Admission as a Freshman or as a Transfer

As an international student, you can apply for admission as a freshman or a transfer. You are considered a freshman applicant if you will be completing or have completed secondary school, and have not enrolled at any college or university. You are considered a transfer applicant if you have enrolled in and completed any college or university work after leaving or completing secondary school. You may not disregard your post-secondary record and apply as a freshman.

To be considered for freshman admission, you must complete secondary school, earn superior marks in academic subjects and receive a certificate of completion that grants you admission to university-level studies in your country.

All transfer applicants will be required to report ALL post-secondary, college and university coursework in your application, whether or not you believe your coursework will be transferable. No final decisions on transfer credit will be made until you officially apply and enroll at UC Davis.

You can learn about special requirements for specific countries and educational systems.

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Applying to UC Davis for a Second Baccalaureate

If your degree is recognized by the university as comparable to a United States bachelor’s degree, it may be possible to apply for undergraduate admission for a second degree only in the majors of Biological Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. The second degree must be in a different subject area than your first degree and you must transfer directly from a California Community College (CCC); all lower-division selective major criteria must be completed at a CCC prior to transfer. Admission requires the approval of the dean of the College of Engineering and the executive director of Undergraduate Admissions.

If you have completed a three-year bachelor’s degree in India you should apply as a transfer student, not as a second baccalaureate student.

Reporting International Coursework on the Application

When you apply to UC Davis, you must report all international coursework as it appears on your international academic records. Please obtain and work from original academic records for each institution you have attended. Each UC campus has an International Admissions Specialist who will evaluate your international records and determine transfer credit.

Do not convert international grades to United States grades or use an evaluation done by a private evaluation company or another high school on your application. If your grades appear as numbers, words or characters, please report them as such in your application. If there is not enough space to write them out, you may abbreviate and include an explanation in the Additional Comments section of your application.

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