Facilitating Collaborations between UC Davis and Asian Institutions

Since 2008, Asian International Programs has been initiating, facilitating, and guiding professional relationships and academic collaborations between UC Davis and universities, government agencies, and institutes across Asian countries. Opportunity building ranges from creating new opportunities for students to organizing international delegation visits and academic trainings.

students and scholars meeting
UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students and scholars from India meeting with Ambassador Sanjay Panda from the Consulate General of India in San Francisco on campus to discuss their academic experiences.

Key Initiatives

3+X Master's Degree Programs

Launched first with Zhejiang University in 2010, UC Davis facilitates the 3+X Master's Degree Program, an academic partnership that provides opportunities for qualified students. This innovative program—geared towards students with three years of completed coursework at partner universities looking to pursue graduate degrees—enables UC Davis in engaging with bright students from top research universities in China. in 2017, we added China Agricultural University and Nanjing Agricultural University as new partners in this program.

Selected undergraduate students who have completed at least three years of coursework at partnering universities may apply for a non-thesis master's degree program at UC Davis. Students accepted into the program will complete UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education - International's Global Study Program for the first term before enrolling formally with Graduate Studies for their master's program.

This initiative is led in partnership with Graduate Studies. For more information, including participating degree programs, admissions and fees, please visit the Fellowships and Partnerships Page of the Graduate Studies website.

International Delegations

Global Affairs frequently hosts delegations, led by senior leaders, from Asian countries. Delegations are attracted to UC Davis to explore opportunities for collaboration in research, student or faculty exchange, and to visit research labs and facilities.

Visit activities—which promote UC Davis and build partnerships—range from meetings with leaders, deans and faculty members to tours of research labs and centers. If you are a Consul General, President or Vice President of a university or institution interested in visiting, please fill out this Global Affairs visit request form.

consul general on campus
Consul General Wang Donghua and a visiting delegation from the Consulate General of China in San Francisco with students, scholars, and campus leaders at UC Davis.

International Trainings

Global Affairs arranges training programs for organizations and universities in collaboration with a wide range of leading academic departments and administrative units at UC Davis. We have been hosting several training programs a year since 2007 on a variety of specialized topics including:

  • “Animal Disease and Quarantine Inspection Technologies and Animal Product Quality and Safety”
  • “Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Control”
  • “Transnational Business Operation and Risk Management of Overseas Investment”
  • “Prevention and Preparedness for New Infectious Diseases”
  • “Research Methodologies in Higher Education”
  • "Food Safety, Food Engineering, and New Food Products in the U.S."
  • "University Administration and Operations"

Program opportunities include world-class research center visits, high-quality seminars, lectures, and/or workshops in a variety of fields in which UC Davis is a leader—such as agriculture, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, public administration, global health, agricultural and resource economics, and more. A Certificate of Completion is provided at the end of the training program.

We are proud to be an official host of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) short-term training programs specializing in agriculture, public administration and human biological sciences.

More Collaborations

China Scholarship Council

Workshop presentation
Linxia Liang, Ph.D., director of Asian International programs, leading a workshop on CSC Scholarship opportunities at UC Davis to faculty and students at the UC Davis International Center.

On May 8, 2012, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and Jinghui Liu, Secretary General of China Scholarship Council, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that offers up to 20 Ph.D. fellowships annually to students from China. This program has provided about $5 million in student support to high-achieving UC Davis graduate students in the first term of the agreement, which had entered its second term in 2018. UC Davis Global Affairs and Office of Graduate Studies partners with the China Scholarship Council on this agreement. 

The China Scholarship Council covers the first two years of study for each participant (nonresident fees, plus stipends for living expenses), as well as visa application fees, and round-trip transportation between China and Davis. UC Davis will support each student for 2-3 additional years, usually by the relevant department and/or the faculty. The fellowship has no major restrictions. However, the following are graduate programs into which students have been accepted in the past:

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Animal Biology
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture and Agronomy
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Biology
  • Soils and Biogeochemistry
  • Viticulture and Ecology


  • Information Applications for 2020-21 Academic Year
  • Students who are interested in coming to UC Davis under the fellowship may find details regarding the application process and eligibility criteria below. Workshops are also infrequently organized at the International Center for students and faculty who would like to know more about the administrative procedure.

    Eligibility criteria:

    Applicants must meet the regular UC Davis admission requirements set by Graduate Studies, including GPA, GRE, English language requirements, and other relevant requirements. Details can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

    Applicants must satisfy the selection criteria as determined by CSC: must be (1) a mainland Chinese student (no restrictions on where the home institution is), and (2) either a senior undergraduate student, Master’s student, 1styear Ph.D. candidate, or recent graduate from a four-year institution.

    Application process:
    The students will apply to UC Davis on the Office of Graduate Studies website. At this point, they should contact a faculty member as their potential supervisor and indicate their intention to apply under the CSC fellowship.

    The students will receive an acceptance letter from UC Davis if an offer has been made. UC Davis will then nominate the students to CSC for consideration.

    The students will be notified by CSC in late May if their grant has been approved.

    More resources:

    View the presentation from the Funding Workshop: UC Davis – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Ph.D. Fellowship on Feb. 5, 2020.

Confucius Institute at UC Davis

Asian International Programs was integral in starting the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, the first in the world to focus on Chinese food and beverage culture.

More Information

If you have questions about a world-class training opportunity, visit to UC Davis, or future collaboration, please contact Linxia Liang, director of Asian International Programs, at lxliang@ucdavis.edu. Please note that Asian International Program staff members are bilingual in English and Mandarin.