University of California, Davis Extension, Center for International Programs

International English and Professional Programs

The University of California, Davis is one of the nation’s top public research universities. Founded in 1905, UC Davis ranks 9th among U.S. universities based on contributions to society and 10th in research expenditures.

The University of California, Davis is one of the nation’s top public research universities. Founded in 1905, UC Davis ranks 9th among U.S. universities based on contributions to society and 10th in research expenditures. Each year more than 35,000 students study at this comprehensive university in biological sciences, agriculture, medicine, law, business and other cutting-edge fields.

At the Center for International Education’s International English and Professional Programs (IEPP), students find an active community, friendly and accessible instructors, and caring staff who are dedicated to helping them learn new ways of thinking and help them have the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

Study in the Heart of California

Enjoy the natural beauty and excitement of Northern California – from Silicon Valley to the wine country, from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco. The campus is located in Davis, California, a beautiful and vibrant town with a rich culture and progressive community. Students make up nearly half of the population of Davis and enjoy more than 80 km of bicycle paths, open space and student-friendly businesses. The “bicycle capital of the United States,” Davis is a diverse, dynamic and welcoming environment. The campus itself is more than 2,100 acres, including the experimental agriculture plots, state-of-the-art research facilities, working vineyards, performing arts center, residence halls and a 40 hectare Arboretum.


Intensive English – 10 weeks

  • Eight levels of English proficiency – from beginning to advanced
  • Free paper-based TOEFL test at the end of each quarter
  • With approval, 800-level students can audit and/or take one or two undergraduate courses for credit on the UC Davis campus

Communication and Culture – 4 weeks

  • Open to students of all English proficiency levels who want an intensive, communicative learning experience that focuses on American culture and conversational fluency
  • Core classes include: U.S. Society and Culture, Intercultural Research Project, Listening and Pronunciation, and Everyday Expressions and Idioms

English for Science and Technology – 4 weeks

  • Designed for international undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science and engineering and/or technology or adult professionals who would like to improve their English
  • Develop professional skills – such as critical thinking, oral presentation and intercultural communication
  • Visit UC Davis campus laboratories and regional high-tech companies

English for Global Business – 4 weeks

  • Ideal for students majoring in business-related fields or anyone who wishes to improve their confidence in using English in a professional environment
  • Gain awareness of best practices in business and learn about American business culture and customs
  • Includes daily classes such as “Hot Topics in Global Business” and “Intercultural Research Project”
  • Weekly English conversation practice in class with UC Davis student conversation leaders

English for Legal Professionals – 2 weeks

  • Designed for international legal professionals and law students, this course provides an introduction and review of English as used by legal professionals in the United States
  • This program is an excellent preparation for the Orientation in the U.S.A. Law Program, which immediately follows it

Programs for Global Educators and Customized Programs

  • Custom programs for educators looking for new ways to innovate, inspire and lead educational reform
  • Includes custom programs to develop and enhance teacher competencies specific to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Housing: Participants have three housing options while in Davis: homestay, renting a room in an apartment or private house, or on-campus dormitory (summers only). The Center for International Education Housing office can assist both individual students and groups in locating suitable housing.

Transportation: Most students use bicycles to get around on campus and in town due to the convenient and safe bike paths found throughout the area. Unitrans, the University bus system, is also available on campus and for travel between your home and campus.

Leisure: Optional weekend trips may include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders are offered daily.


$1,000—$5,000 Quarter

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English Language (ESL), Intensive English as a Second Language

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Type of School

Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town, Suburban
  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, WASC
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

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