UC Davis Global Awards and Distinctions 

Ranked first in the diversity and internationalization category in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: USA (2021, 2020)

Named as the only university to earn the Platinum Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research and Engagement from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, or APLU (2020)

Awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2020)

Named a Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producer (2020)

Named a Top Fulbright U.S. Scholar Producer (2019-20)

Ranked 5th among public U.S. universities and 11th overall for hosting international scholars (IIE Open Doors, 2019-20)

Ranked 12th among public U.S. universities for hosting international students (IIE Open Doors, 2019-20)

Named a Top Fulbright U.S. Student Producer (2018-19)

Named a Top Gilman International Scholarship Recipient Producer (2018-19, 2016-17)


UC Davis Global Fast Facts

Student global learning opportunities are offered in more than 50 countries

UC Davis welcomes than 7,900 international students and more than 2,100 international scholars from 140+ countries (IIE Open Doors)

59 domestic and international students participated in the first Global Engagement Opportunities (GEO) Living and Learning Community (2019-20)

More than 1,550 UC Davis alumni have served as Peace Corps Volunteers since the Peace Corps was established in 1961

UC Davis international students contribute $441 million to the California economy and support 5,948 jobs (2018-19, NAFSA)

Aggie backpack with mountains in background

More than 700 students participated in courses with a new global learning emphasis, stemming from adjustments made by 30 faculty from 25 departments through the first-ever Global Affairs Curriculum Enhancement Through Global Learning program cohort (2018-19)

Since 2001, Global Affairs Seed Grants have funded more than 246 global projects with $2.7 million leading to $40 million in external funding

UC Davis authors published with collaborators from 5,544 institutions in 142 countries and overall 41.4% of UC Davis publications feature international collaboration, which were cited at nearly double the rate of publications with domestic collaborations (2014-19, SciVal)

Since 2017, 31 Global Affairs Faculty and Staff Ambassadors have represented UC Davis in meetings, events, and engagements across 24 countries

Faculty and students working on a project in Nepal

UC Davis maintains international agreements with institutions spanning 45 countries

Global Affairs hosts more than 250 international visitors as a part of more than 60 delegations representing over 25 countries a year

Global Affairs hosts more than 200 events reaching 6,000 participants on campus and in the community each year

UC Davis is 1 of 3 U.S. universities selected to host both the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and Mandela Washington Fellowship (2019-20)

Mandela Fellows at event on campus

Select Team and Individual Awards 

Recognized with a District VII Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Around the World series

Selected as a finalist for the PIEoneer Awards in the categories of Progressive Education Delivery and Sustainability International Impact (2020)

UC Davis School of Medicine Professor and Chair Diana Farmer recognized with a 2020 U21 Award from Universitas 21 (2020)

Graduate School of Management MBA Student Daniel Student announced as a winner of the U21 & PwC Innovation Challenge (2020)

Recognized with a District VII Silver Circle of Excellence Award and an international Bronze Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the International Student and Scholar Handbook (2020)

Vice Provost and Dean Joanna Regulska recognized with the inaugural Senior International Officer Award from the Institute of International Education (2019)

Recognized with the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award from Diversity Abroad for the Latinx Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico (2019)

Selected as a finalist for the PIEoneer Awards in the Digital Innovation of the Year-Technology category for the Article 26 Backpack project (2019)

Professor of Human Rights Studies Keith David Watenpaugh recognized with a Centennial Medal from the Institute of International Education (2019)

Recognized with an international Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the Global Affairs Viewbook (2019)

Program Coordinator and Advisor for Study Abroad Brianne Holden selected as a participant of the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar to Taiwan (2019)  

Distinguished Professor Suad Joseph recognized with the Jere L. Bacharach Service Award from the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2019)

Executive Director of the Global Learning Hub Zachary Frieders received the Lily von Klemperer Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2018)

Director of Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) Wesley Young selected as a participant of the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar to France (2017)

About Global Affairs at UC Davis

Global Affairs brings the world to UC Davis, welcoming more than 10,000 international students, scholars and leaders, and hosting programs that inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. Compelled by the valuable outcomes of thinking globally, we make transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty learning and researching globally—and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through more than 150 global partnerships.

Putting our vision of a UC Davis community that engages, thrives, and leads in this interconnected world into action, Global Affairs is in pursuit of an ambitious goal: Global Education for All.