University of California Davis Study Tour on Chemistry Research Preparation, Methodology, & Practice

Study Tour
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

The natural habitat for high-performing problem-solvers and changemakers, UC Davis prides itself on sustainability and outstanding academia, creating first-hand experiential learning opportunities so you can develop your technical, communication, and critical-thinking skills. In a series of lectures and workshops delivered by faculty, researchers, and graduate students from the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, you explore research methods and academic culture with leaders in the field of chemistry.

Davis is one of America’s most livable cities

UCD’s Aggie Pack has the country’s largest student school spirit group

Visit the university labs and a local industry partner

Onsite support and a virtual pre-departure program orientation

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

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About the University

University of California, Davis

Established in 1908, University of California, Davis, started life as the university farm, rolling up its flannel shirtsleeves to provide research- and science-based instruction to the nation’s farmers. 

On the lush California campus just outside the state capital, Sacramento, that ethos of putting the earth first continues. Health, wellbeing, and sustainability still forges the uniquely Aggie lifestyle. The Aggie Pack is the largest student-run university spirit organization in the country, and that all-out pride in community and mutual support focuses its energy on making the world a better place.

Learn more at University of California, Davis' official website


Learn about trends and discoveries in chemistry, and dive into the nuances of research methods and academic culture with experts in the field of chemistry and science communication. This academic and professionally focused opportunity will prepare you for success in your career.


Academic Seminar

UC Davis faculty and staff will guide you through professional development sessions related to U.S. science and lab culture, and distinguished chemistry faculty and researchers will highlight their latest research through guest lectures.

Site Visits

Visits to university lab and an industry partner with substantial operations in chemistry will put research topics and methods into practice.

Capstone Project 

Showcase your learning experience by presenting a team-based research-oriented project presentation on a topic of your choice.

Cultural Activities 

UC Davis staff will organize a unique cultural experience in Davis and provide you with tips for exploring Northern California with your new friends.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

Each study tour has slightly different language requirements, based on the complexity of the academic content.

  • CET-4 (China): 493
  • CET-6 (China): 450
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 105
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • TOEFL: 80 iBT
  • TOEIC: 685

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Summer 2024 Study Tour

Program dates:
July 14 - August 03
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Housing Information

You share a double-occupancy room in a residence hall on campus and enjoy, with your new classmates, three meals each day in the campus dining halls. Beyond the meal plan, you have welcome and farewell events with meals to celebrate your study abroad experience. 

About Davis

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Why Davis

Driven to keep the Golden State golden, Davis locals have an innate commitment to the planet and sustainability—this is one ecologically friendly city. The UC Davis campus, the leading agricultural school, generates its own power and has a home-invented biodigester turning waste into energy. Beyond its planet-forward existence, Davis is a classic college town in California's Central Valley, with leafy streets and colonial-style houses for students and faculty.

Learn more about Davis 

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Get Acclimated

The SAF Staff on the ground will introduce you to the details of your itinerary and explain where and when you eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch. They have all the answers, just ask!

Learn by Doing

Academic experts guide you through a learning by doing experience, blending culture with best pedagogic practice to support your coursework and development and to help you retain knowledge.

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your tour group will share in the arranged social and cultural events as well as hands-on learning, so you have many opportunities to collaborate with other international SAF Scholars, experience the destination you’re in, and build friendships for life.

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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