English Programs at The University of California, Davis

About Davis:

UC Davis is located in northern California, 13 miles west of the state capitol in Sacramento. Centrally located, Davis is within easy driving distance to San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Davis is a small, friendly “university town” which students describe as safe, relaxed and welcoming to international visitors. Bicycle riding is the most common form of transportation for students, and for many of the professors and staff. Streets are wide with protected bike lanes.

English Language programs include the following courses:

10-Week & 4-Week Intensive English Programs

Students at all levels may participate in these courses, which focus on fluency and cultural understanding. Basic and intermediate students take courses in core grammar, listening and speaking, reading comprehension, writing and composition, and vocabulary skills using the Multimedia Resource Center. More advanced students choose from various electives including conversational fluency, pre-academic skills in research, critical thinking, advanced writing, and preparation for TOEFL or TOEIC tests.

4-Week Communication and Culture

Students focus on conversational fluency and accuracy, and using natural speech and idioms in the context of American culture and customs.

Management Course for International Professionals

This unique 8-week program is designed for management professionals in international organizations. The program is comprised of two courses – one three-week course called Communication Skills for Business Professionals followed immediately by a five-week course, Orientation to U.S. Business and management Practices. In addition, participants may also enroll in an elective course, Microsoft Applications for Managers. This elective will be offered during weeks four through eight of the program.

English for Medical Professionals

Designed for physicians, dentists and other health professionals. Participants attend lectures on contemporary healthcare, scientific topics, and make visits to medical facilities. Classroom instruction focuses on vocabulary, idioms, accent improvement, and simulated patient interactions and oral presentations to colleagues.

English for Legal Professionals

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

Orientation in U.S.A. Law Program

Offered in conjunction with the UC Davis School of Law, this course is designed for international lawyers, judges, notaries, law professors, pre-LLM students and business professionals. Core program topics include the U.S. legal system, business planning and structure, contracts, commercial and consumer law, intellectual property, real property law, torts, civil procedure, antitrust regulations, taxation, labor and environmental law, dispute resolution and other topics.

Custom Design Programs

These programs range from those that emphasize English proficiency and American culture to those that are related to content expertise of the university. This is an ideal way to ensure that the specific educational needs of a group of participants are addressed.

If you are interested in one of the above programs, and would like WISE® assistance to coordinate the application process, please fill contact us at 530-406-1330 or via email at univhomestay@wisefoundation.com