International Academic Programs

Facilitating International Academic Programs

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.

China Scholarship Council

On May 8, 2012, Former 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.

International Delegations

Global Affairs frequently hosts delegations, led by senior leaders. 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 visit our International Visitors webpage.

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