About UC Davis

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World-Class Education in a Safe, Friendly College Town

The more than 36,000 students who attend the University of California, Davis, pursue a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. High academic standards combined with a friendly and welcoming community provide the perfect setting for international students to learn, make friends and develop a global network that lasts throughout their lives.

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Extraordinary Education

UC Davis has a long history of involvement in research, scholarship and creative activity. Known for its state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and pioneering spirit, UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary studies with 102 undergraduate majors and more than 90 dynamic graduate degree programs.  An international leader in science, sustainability, technology and engineering, UC Davis has a very high degree of research activity and ranked 10th among public universities in the United States.

UC Davis is home to more than 50 interdisciplinary teaching and research programs, including the Genome Center, the Center for Mind and BrainCalifornia Lighting Technology Center, and the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program. A complete list of these research centers and programs is available at the UC Davis Office of Research.

UC Davis, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, has committed to a "Sustainable Second Century," developing interdisciplinary research on sustainability across a number of disciplines. The campus is known for both the strength of its programs in the Sciences—including Biological Sciences and Engineering—as well as its commitment to the Arts and Humanities. At the Mondavi Center, for example, world-renowned performers and guest speakers take the stage.

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Exceptional Campus Setting

Centrally located in beautiful Northern California, just 72 miles (115 kilometers) from San Francisco and 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Sacramento, the UC Davis campus is the largest in the University of California system. Davis is an open and diverse community known for its safety and family-friendliness, and where international students are sure to feel welcome and safe. Both the city of Davis and UC Davis have a reputation for environmental awareness and sustainability, so you’ll be living in an innovative, eco-friendly community. Students often remark that the campus’ famous open space contributes to a relaxed environment that supports study and academic research. Both the city of Davis and UC Davis have a reputation for environmental awareness and sustainability, so you’ll be living in an innovative, eco-friendly community.