Embrace Global Issues

Enhance UC Davis' prominence and funding capacity by establishing it as one of the top universities in terms of financial support received from governmental agencies, foundations and philanthropies that support international programs

Launched a new funding program in collaboration with the São Paulo Research Foundation(FAPESP), Brazil. The FAPESP-UC Davis Collaborative Research Program will fund joint collaborative proposals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. FAPESP and UC Davis will each commit up to the equivalent of US$50,000 per year for the program.

Coordinated completion of the Application Report for Annual Project Funds/Initial Operation Funds for a Confucius Institute at UC Davis with funding from Hanban and Jiangnan University.

Supported 9 students travel to Israel through grants and scholarships from Masa Israel.

Launch strategic partnerships

Developed a white paper to advance the establishment of Global Centers for the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

Initiated planning for the opening of the UC Davis China Research Center in Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City.

Participate in the Northern California World Trade Center Consular Corps Luncheon to maintain relationships with consular offices.

Help create a campus community for one of the nation's largest cadres of international students and scholars

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) helped to build a campus community that included students and scholars from more than 100 countries and six continents.

SISS provided key visa services and general advising for over 5,000 international students and scholars and their families. With 2,232 international scholars in 2012–13, UC Davis is ranked in the top 10 U.S. universities for the number of international scholars we host.

Processed approximately 40 green card applications for tenure-track international faculty and prominent international researchers on the main campus and at the UC Davis Medical Center.

Offered a course on federal tax support for international students and scholars

International Students at UC Davis 2000-2013

Source: Services for International Students and Scholars. Student Population Headcount is generated in the fall and includes undergraduate, graduate, non-degree and optional practical training students.

International Scholars at UC Davis

Source: Services for International Students and Scholars. Scholar Population Headcounts is counted from July 1 - June 30.
Scholars are defined as non-immigrant teachers and/or researchers who are not enrolled as students. 2012-2013 data will not be available until October 2013.

Institutions hosting the most international scholars, 2011-2012
# of Scholars


Harvard University



Stanford University



Columbia University



University of California, Berkeley



University of Michigan – Ann Arbor



University of California, Los Angeles



University of California, San Diego



Yale University



University of California, Davis



Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Source: Open Doors, Institute of International Education. Rankings based on 2012-2013 data is not expected to be released until January 2014

UC Davis International Students, Place of Origin, Fall 2012

Source: Services for International Students and Scholars

International Students at UC Davis, Academic Level 

Source: Services for International Students and Scholars

Partner in campus efforts to recruit and retain international students

To support the retention of about 600 new international undergraduate students several programs were launched by Services for International Students and Scholars in 2012-13.

  • Partnered with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to create a Presentation and Discussion Series for International Graduate Students and Scholars with session ranging from Communication with Professors and Peers to Exploring Campus Rules and U.S. Laws: Your Rights and Responsibilities to Making Social Connections in the US: Friendships.
  • Launched the Global Ambassadors program with a total of 24 mentors and 40 mentees to provide peer support and additional programming for international students, particularly incoming undergraduates. In 2013-14, there will be 25 mentors with 10 mentees per two mentors (6-7 mentors will be returnees). Each mentor will receive a $500 stipend this year split between two quarters, and they continue to receive course credits.
  • Assisted with the first Summer Orientation program over three days, hosted by Student Housing, and designed especially for 240 international and 25 national students.

Signed a 2+2 Agreement with Zhejiang University for the transfer of the undergraduate students to UC Davis for completion of their bachelor's degree.

Hosted 127 students through a reciprocity agreement with the University of California Education Abroad Program, a decrease of 36% from the previous year. (Education Abroad Center)

Reciprocity Students at UC Davis

Source: Education Abroad Center

Facilitate Brazil's Science without Borders program

Formalized first partner agreements with the Brazilian government to host students in the Science Without Borders Initiative with total support potentially in excess of $30 million. After the first year, UC Davis is now the most popular U.S. university in hosting Brazilian undergraduates in Science Without Borders (50) in 2012-2013

Develop and expand joint, collaborative international graduate programs

China Scholarship Council

Enrolled 6 students into the China Scholarship Council-UC Davis Ph.D. Fellowship program in fall 2012 which provided nearly $1 million in student support

Zhejiang University 3+X Master's Degree Program.

In fall 2012, UC Davis enrolled 7 Zhejiang University (China) students into the 3 + X Master's Program, for a total of 30 students since the program's inception. An agreement for a similar program has been signed with Northwest A&F University (China).

Bring international scholars to the University through the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hosted a group of 11 Humphrey Fellows with varying backgrounds and interests in agriculture and environmental sciences from ten countries. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program has successfully completed its 21st year at UC Davis, hosting more than 216 fellows from more than 86 different countries. Each year, approximately 200 Fellows funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State engage in non-degree study and related professional experiences. UC Davis is one of 18 universities in the country, and the only one in California, selected to host Humphrey Fellows.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at UC Davis, 2012-2013

Mr. Nasr Saif ALSHAMS, Oman
Assistant Director, Plant Quarantine Department, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries

Mr. Md. Mazharul ANOWER, Bangladesh
Managing Director, Palongkhali Aqua Culture Ltd.

Mr. Richard Gabriel BRUNO, Tanzania
Senior Programme Officer, African Institute for Capacity Development

Mr. Tahawar HUSSAIN, Pakistan
Renewable Energy Consultant

Ms. Chunyan LIU, China
Senior Program Officer, Ministry of Environmental Protection P.R.C.

Ms. Jaqueline NESI, Brazil
Federal Agricultural Inspector, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply

Ms. Roselyn Agumba ONYURO, Kenya
Registrar, Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute

Mr. Tika Ram THAPA, Nepal
Senior Agricultural Extension Training Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, RATC

Mr. Javier TONATTO, Argentina
Research Assistant, Estacion Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres

Ms. Victoria TORRES GONZÁLEZ, Chile
Academic Department of Agrarian Management, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Ms. Queen TURNER, Botswana
Head of Beekeeping Section, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Crop Production

Continued support for foreign Fulbright scholars

Hosted 8 international Fulbright Scholars during 2012–13. To help the large number of foreign scholars acclimate to campus, an increased number of community events—such as welcome and farewell receptions, potlucks, visits to local farms and Bay Area events—were arranged.

Visiting Fulbright Scholars at UC Davis


 # of Scholars











Expand study-abroad participation and offerings

Across campus a total of 1,324 students studied or interned abroad in 2011–12 (1, 104 students studied abroad through the Education Abroad Center, 91 through the Internship and Career Center, and 129 through other campus programs). The Education Abroad Center provided over 50 UC Davis faculty-led study abroad programs for over 1,000 students in 2012-2013, with enrollments declining about 4%.

In order to encourage more students to have an international experience while at UC Davis, the Education Abroad Center is offering more financial support. Summer Abroad Travel Awards have increased from $50,000 to $80,000 for summer 2013 and Quarter Abroad Travel Awards have doubled from $20,000 to $40,000 for 2012-13. In order to help students apply for these scholarships, fall and spring Travel Award writing workshops were held. Recipients will also have to comply with a new Travel Award project requirement to complete a project that highlights their experience to the study abroad community. Examples include blogging, presenting, creating a video on the program, writing an article for a newspaper, volunteering to help students with travel award applications, etc.

It is forecasted that total enrollments in the UC Education Abroad Program will increase by over 20% between 2011-12 and 2012-2013. This past year saw increases in both scholarship support with the UCEAP $1 Million Initiative and in the number of campus-based advisors staffing the program.

The Education Abroad Center developed additional program options, Summer Abroad (Egypt) and Quarter Abroad (Sydney), and expanded the number of study abroad programs with internships.

Study Abroad Data from 2000-2012, Including UC Davis Education Abroad Center, Internship and Career Center and Others

Figure 12. Number of U.S. students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) enrolled for a degree who earned academic credit towards their degree through study abroad

Communicate and collaborate with student, faculty, staff, and external constituencies on international issues

The Office of the Vice Provost has many mechanisms to communicate and collaborate in a timely and transparent way on issues of interest to students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies on decision-making, governance, and advocacy including the Internationally Engaged newsletter, Fully Engaged newsletter, Faculty Funding newsletter and through various councils and committees. Quarterly, UOIP invites a campus leader to the office for Coffee and Conversation to share resources that UOIP provides and to answer any questions about their services. At the beginning of every year, UOIP reaches out to all colleges and schools to schedule a briefing about the services that UOIP provides.

University Outreach and International Programs continues to lead standing councils and committees, including:

Facilitate Agreements of Cooperation

Signed 38 new international Agreements of Cooperation, bringing the active total to 156 agreements with leading international universities and institutions, governmental agencies, and private companies in 43 countries.

Agreements of Cooperation by school, college, or unit, 2012-13

Agreements of Cooperation by country or region, 2012-13

Countries with one Agreement of Cooperation: Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Georgia, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Middle East Consortium (Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine), Mongolia, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay,

Countries with two Agreements of Cooperation: Colombia, Egypt, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Peru, Taiwan

Welcome international visiting delegations and developed best practices for hosting

Welcomed over 330 visitors (10 consuls general along with university presidents and chancellors and international government leaders). UC Davis played host to a large number of senior-level delegations from overseas benchmark universities and institutions.

Initiated a quarterly communique to share data on recent and upcoming visitors and agreements of cooperation to the Dean's Offices and other units regularly hosting international visitors. The internal website for planning for international visitors has been updated with additional best practices and Web-based templates for all campus community members to use that can be utilized across campus to develop an itinerary, identify gift protocols, and ensure a successful visit with tangible outcomes.

Assisted with coordinating a delegation of Chinese media, including China News Service and People's Daily visited UC Davis to cover a story linking UC Davis Physics Professor Milton Gardner and Xi Jinping, who now serves as China's President.

Support international travel

Pursued international partnerships and development and represented international associations through travel to Chile, Mexico, China, Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia (William Lacy); Mexico, Colombia and India (Marc Schenker); Belgium, Spain, Cuba and Germany (Adrienne Martín)

Accepted as an academic exchange participant for the DAAD program: Germany Today 2013 "Internationalizing Higher Education: Strategic Approaches, Funding Formats and Best Practice Examples" (Adrienne Martín)

Selected as a Fulbright Specialist to Colombia (Marc Schenker)

Selected for the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar (Paige Farrell)

Organize international funding workshops

Hosted two international funding workshops that were free and open to the public (Fulbright Scholar Programs, Campus Support for Research Funding) which were attended by 40 UC Davis faculty, scholars, and graduate students. Evaluations received rated the workshops as excellent/good.

Collaborated with the Office of Research to coordinate NSF Day, a one day workshop designed for researchers, educators and grantees to stimulate new interest in NSF programs. Only 7 campuses were selected nationwide to hold an NSF Day workshop in 2012-2013.

Extend our recognition as a leading international university


Selected to mentor the Association of International Education Administrators' Neal Presidential Fellow Jack Ahern, Vice Provost, International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst. (William B. Lacy)

Awards and Honors

Honored by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) for Best Practices in International Education: Student Philanthropy for student involvement and service in the Florentine community for the Quarter Abroad Language and Culture program in Florence. (Education Abroad Center)

Councils and Committees

Served on an advisory committee coordinated by Albert H. Teich, Center for International Science & Technology Policy, George Washington University, for a study of visa policies for scientists and engineers. (William B. Lacy)

Served as a member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Policy Advisory Board. (William B. Lacy)

Co-chaired the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ (APRU) International Policy Advisory Committee (2012-2015) to assist the APRU Secretary General in the implementation of the new APRU Strategic Framework. (William B. Lacy)

Participated in the Organizing Committee for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Presidents’ Meeting in June 2013 at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Vladivostok, Russia. (William B. Lacy)

Participated as a delegate in a NAFSA-AERA two-day meeting on promoting research on international higher education, including discussions on current and emerging dimensions in international education, potentially effective strategies for addressing these issues, the state of research-based knowledge on these strategies, and potential areas for productive future research.(William B. Lacy)

Served as a peer reviewer of the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory at Montana State University. (William B. Lacy)

Served on the NAFSA Region XII Leadership Team (Margaret Hellwarth)

Conferences and Presentations

4 staff members presented sessions at NAFSA Regional Conference in San Jose. (Services for International Students and Scholars)

Hosted the first UC-wide "All Cal" conference on study abroad and internationalizing the campuses with 40 attendees representing every UC campus and Systemwide EAP (Education Abroad Center)

Invited by the Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) to present on best practices for health and safety on faculty-led programs at the bi-annual conference. (Education Abroad Center)

Delivered an invited keynote speech and submitted an article text entitled, “U.S. Agricultural Universities’ Roles, Strategies and Challenges in Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation” to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS)’s 4th Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST) conference in Beijing, China. (William B. Lacy)

Chaired the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Senior Staff Meeting 2013 Plenary Session entitled, “APRU Strategic Framework: From Consensus to Action” and the Summary Session following APRU Working Group discussions. (William B. Lacy)

Participated in three sessions at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)’s annual meeting; sessions entitled, “Re-imagining Higher Education from an Asian Perspective,” “Faculty as key actors in reimagining higher education”, and “Funding and Policy: How to be a successful advocate in Washington, your state capitol and on campus”. (William B. Lacy)

Organized a session on TRANS-DOC: Revisiting Doctoral Education in a Trans-Disciplinary, Transatlantic Context at the 2013 AIEA conference. (Adrienne Martin)

Gave remarks for the Consul General of Mexico’s visit to Sacramento. (William B. Lacy)

Co-presented at the 4th Annual Vanderhoef Lecture on international education at the International House Davis. (Adrienne L. Martín)

Chaired a session on Social Media 101 & 201: From Understanding the Basics to Building Innovative Social Networking Communities at the 2012 CIEE Annual Conference in Shanghai, China. (Blake Cooper)

Co-presented two sessions at the NAFSA Regional Conference. Voted one of the top 3 presentations at the 2012 conference. (Margaret Hellwarth)

Facilitated two workshops at the NAFSA Regional Conference. Received overall ratings of 4.76 and 4.77 for both of the sessions. (Moira Delgado)


Submitted an article entitled, “The Two Culture of Science: Implications for University-Industry Relationships in Agriculture Biotechnology” to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)’s Journal of Integrative Agriculture (JIA), and served on editorial board. (William B. Lacy)