Services for International Students and Scholars

Global Aggies: Extraordinary Abilities Lead to Permanent Residency for a World-Renowned Surgeon and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UC Davis Health

Bob Kiaii, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis Health, is an international expert in robotic heart surgery who leads a surgical team that treats complex diseases of the chest using minimally invasive techniques. Born in Iran, Kiaii immigrated to Canada as a child with his family. His path in medicine eventually brought him to UC Davis Health, a relocation feat that was not without its challenges.

Welcome Back to the UC Davis International Center

Global Affairs staff are returning to offices within the UC Davis International Center, located on the corner of Russell Boulevard and California Avenue. The International Center is now open. This fall quarter, Global Affairs teams will work in a hybrid format, offering limited in-person advising. Other services will be available in a virtual or hybrid format.

Chancellor’s Statement on Afghanistan, Haiti, Wildfires and COVID-19

In recent days, news of Afghanistan’s citizens in peril, a devastating earthquake in Haiti, destructive wildfires and the surging Delta variant has touched all of us in the UC Davis community, causing grief and sorrow for many. We have Haitian and Afghan families who are part of our larger community, as well as families who have suffered from the fires and COVID-19. I want to express my condolences to those who have experienced losses resulting from these tragedies. These events can be overwhelming, but I am grateful to see Aggies responding to support people in need, both here at home and a world away. Here are a few ways that is happening.

Congratulations, Class of 2021

In celebration of your hard work, dedication, resilience, and determination, Services for International Students and Scholars and Global Affairs has a special message for the graduating international students in the Class of 2021.

UC Davis Takes Top Spot for Diversity in National Rankings

The University of California, Davis, has taken top spot among universities in the nation for its inclusiveness, diversity and internationalization in rankings released today (May 5). In the second annual QS USA University Rankings, UC Davis ranked sixth overall among public universities (34th among all institutions) in the nation and fourth among public universities (seventh among all universities) in California. In the diversity and internationalization category, the campus tied for top spot with the private New York University; last year it also tied for first in the category with New York University and UCLA.

Top 20 Stories of 2020

Although this year has brought unprecedented challenges, Global Affairs remains proud to welcome the world to UC Davis and connect UC Davis with the world, albeit virtually at the moment. As we leave 2020 behind, we celebrate the Global Affairs news and announcements featured this year with this top 20 of 2020.

Student Opportunities and Resources

UC Davis has an ambitious goal: to provide all students—undergraduate, graduate, and professional—with international and intercultural learning experiences before graduation. Global Affairs offers programs, funding, and resources that support students in achieving their global learning goals