Orientation & Information for New Graduate Students

Your Virtual Orientation Binder

  1. Your Department's Grad Resources Page (bookmark it!) including:
    1. Degree Checklists
    2. Degree Requirements
    3. Program Handbook
    4. Description of Duties forms
    5. Eligibility Checklist (required each quarter, except summer, for employment or fellowship)
    6. and more...
  2. Professional Development program, including a calendar of workshops: GradPathways
  3. Becoming a California Resident - Domestic nonresidents are expected to become California residents before the start of their second year - Make sure to start collecting evidence now. (International Students may not become residents for tuition purposes)
  4. UC Davis Campus Map - Find out how to get to orientation and your classes
  5. When in doubt, ask the LangLit Staff

UC Davis Graduate Studies

September 23, 2023

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is an overview for new graduate students, consisting of online modules and videos to help new students prepare for some of the expected and unexpected aspects of graduate school. We encourage you to use orientation as an opportunity to become familiar with the various university services available to graduate students.  Log into your status portal with the email address you used when applying to UC Davis. Once your computing account is created, click the hyperlink in the 'Next Steps Checklist' labeled "New Student Orientation" to begin.

The online orientation will provide incoming students with the ability to learn about key areas of their graduate experience and identify the right individuals to answer your questions before you arrive on campus. You will also have the ability to reference the orientation platform throughout your graduate career.  https://grad.ucdavis.edu/graduate-student-orientation

Anytime before Monday, September 25

  1. Aggie 201-https://grad.ucdavis.edu/graduate-student-orientation

Aggie 201 is an online orientation platform that provides a resource and services overview for new graduate students. 

  1. International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO)- https://siss.ucdavis.edu/international-orientation


Information on how to complete your international orientation requirement will be sent to your UC Davis email address. International students studying at UC Davis with a F-1 or J-1 visa are required to complete the IGSO, which explains important immigration regulations.

September 23, Monday: Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) TA Training-required for new TA/AIs

Register online at https://cee.ucdavis.edu/tao

TAs must complete the online module(s) prior to attending the in-person sessions. Follow this link to register for the online course: Living the Principles of Community (e-learning). https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/course-catalog/hr-mgmt/poc

Both the in-person and online sessions are required to fulfill the TA Training requirement. Advance registration is required. Consult your registration confirmation email for time and location of the in-person training.

Sexual Violence Prevention training

UC Davis requires that all incoming graduate and professional students complete mandatory sexual violence intervention and prevention (SVPT) training within the first six weeks of their beginning classes at UC Davis. See https://sexualviolence.ucdavis.edu/graduate-and-professional-student-education-requirements.  Students who do not complete the SVPT requirement by the deadline will have a hold placed on their student account, preventing them from being able to register for courses in the next quarter.

Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP) Test

For international graduate students / TAs, see http://iae.ucdavis.edu/graduate/index.html for information on who must take it and how to sign up.