Students and Scholars

International students come from nearly 100 countries

Each spring SISS completes its survey of international students attending UC Davis during the previous fall term for the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report, which is the most widely cited source of international student numbers in the country. For fall 2013 we counted a total of 3,674 international students, an increase of over 12 percent from fall 2012.

It is no surprise that the single largest group of international students continues to come from China (including Hong Kong and Macau). Chinese students represent 1,859 of the total—just over half. In fall 2012 SISS counted 1,408 students from China. This translates into an increase of over 32 percent in one year. Most of this increase is accounted for by the growth in undergraduates from 500 to 861, a jump of over 72 percent. Nearly 70 percent of all degree-seeking undergraduate international students now comes from China.

Despite the overwhelming number of students from China, the total count still represents nearly 100 places of origin—actually 100 if you count Hong Kong and Macau as separate immigration entities, as the US Department of Homeland Security does in the SEVIS system used to track international students coming to the United States.

This diversity of countries hides the fact that the top five places of origin (China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and India) account for 73 percent of the total. This list of top five has remained unchanged for the last decade, with only Japan and Taiwan occasionally switching places.

If we look at regions of the world we find that over 80 percent of our international students come from Asia, whether East, South or Central Asia. About 16 percent come from one of three regions—the Middle East, Europe or Latin America, divided more or less equally. North America (Canada), Africa and Oceania combined account for roughly 3 percent.

Our Open Doors count of international students includes degree seeking (2,687) and non-degree students (593), as well as recent graduates working in the US but still considered UC Davis students by Federal immigration authorities (394). SISS is still responsible for tracking and assisting this latter group. By this count, international students in degree programs still make up less than 8 percent of the campus total.

2014-15 Global Ambassadors

2014-15 Global Ambassadors

2014-15 Global Ambassador Mentorship Program

For the upcoming school year 28 UC Davis students will be serving as mentors to new international students. The Global Ambassadors are students who are interested in expanding their cultural experience while helping to support the international community. Mentors are each paired with 4-5 mentees at the start of the summer and contact their mentees during the summer before they arrive in Davis. Mentors collaborate to provide a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for new international students. Over the course of the school year, mentors and mentees continue to meet, support, and bond with one another, forming strong and lasting friendships that help strengthen the global community at UC Davis. Global Ambassadors host numerous social and educational culture events, many of them open to the public. Events include: Halloween party, Thanksgiving potluck, talent show, Lunar New Year dumpling-making event, Valentine’s Day card-making event and many more!

Fulbright Scholar Spotlight: Mark Gaskell, Morocco

Mark Gaskell used his work in crop research and development with University of California Cooperative Extension to create a training program in Morocco as a part of his Fulbright Scholar program. Gaskell worked with the Moroccan Agronomic Research Institute (INRA) to develop programs with small fruit berry crops. As a consequence of this technical advice, farmers in Morocco are able to supply the European Union with many out-of- season fruits. With help from an INRA researcher Gaskell was able to set up field trials and a collaborative network among the farmers growing these new crops. He was also able to create a three day workshop for scientists and interested growers. By the time of his final visit to Morocco, many of the growers were already beginning to produce small fruit berries to export to the E.U. via already established marketing channels.


´╗┐Humphrey Fellows Go to the Source to Learn About Energy

Humphrey Fellows Go to the Source to Learn About Energy

Humphrey Fellows Go to the Source to Learn About Energy

This February, the UC Davis Humphrey Fellows, along with partners from Woodland Community College (WCC) travelled to Imperial Valley for a hands-on study of water and renewable energy management. Trip highlights included a tour of CalEnergy’s geothermal energy production facility in Calipatria, CA, whose combined potential is 327 megawatts, enough energy to power more than 360,000 homes ( Suad Badri, Humphrey Fellow from Sudan observed, “This trip was a landmark of my life… My country has large untapped potential in geothermal energy. If this technology could be realized there, the whole of Western Sudan could be transformed.” This was an opportunity to witness firsthand the potential and complexities of tapping into geothermal reservoirs.

The group also ventured to the UC Desert Research and Education Center (DREC) in Holtville for an in depth discussion of agriculture and water management practices amongst various stakeholders. While there, the group witnessed the Farm SMART program in action, educating youth and seasonal visitors about the importance of agriculture in our lives.

Humphrey Fellows in the area of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences come to UC Davis each year for professional enhancement and to acquire best management practices to take back to their home countries. UC Davis is one of 18 universities nationwide that hosts the U.S. State Department program. In 2013-14 the group hails from Algeria, Brazil, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Myanmar, Pakistan, Panama, South Korea, and Sudan. Nationwide, there are currently 180 Fellows from 93 countries.

Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter and Vice Provost Lacy hosted a reception for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows and U.S. and Visiting Fulbright Scholars in January 2014.

Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter and Vice Provost Lacy hosted a reception for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows and U.S. and Visiting Fulbright Scholars in January 2014. 

Humphrey-Fulbright Reception

Chancellor Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter and Vice Provost Lacy hosted a reception for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows and U.S. and Visiting Fulbright Scholars in January 2014.

Petrobras International Commercial Law Students

Petrobras International Commercial Law Students

Brazil's Petrobras Attorneys Earn LL.M. Degrees from School of Law 

Twelve lawyers from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), Brazil, have earned LL.M. degrees in International Commercial Law as part of a unique partnership between the largest energy company in Latin America and UC Davis School of Law. The Brazilian attorneys were selected from more than 195 Petrobras lawyers who have participated in Energy and Commercial Law training programs at King Hall over the past seven years.

“UC Davis School of Law is proud of its long-term partnership with Petrobras," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson. "This is an important program for the Law School and an important contribution to Chancellor Katehi’s 2020 Initiative.”

“The success we have had with Petrobras underscores the tremendous need for attorneys to develop expertise in transnational law. King Hall’s outstanding legal scholars provide students with a deep understanding of international representation,” notes Beth Greenwood, Executive Director, International Law Programs.