Incoming Graduate Information

Your 2020 Virtual Orientation Binder

  1. Important Links for New Graduate Students (bookmark it!)

  2. 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...

  3. Professional Development program, including a calendar of workshops: GradPathways
  4. 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)
  5. UC Davis Campus Map - Find out how to get to orientation and your classes
  6. Presentation slides from orientation [pdf]
  7. When in doubt, ask the LangLit Staff

Orientations Schedule 2020

*Please note that any references to “New” TAs/AIs means new to teaching at UC Davis (even if you’ve had previous teaching experience elsewhere)

 International Graduate Student Orientation (required for new international students)

Mon, SEP 21: Graduate Student Orientation

Orientation by the Office of Graduate Studies register here

Various Dates: Sexual Violence Prevention training
All new students must complete this training.  See to select a date.

Thur, SEP 20: Languages & Literatures Orientation -required
         Administrative items; IT troubleshooting; photos; tour of DLC

Mon, SEP 28: Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) TA Training

Register online at  (required for new TAs/AIs). Two courses must be completed online prior to this in-person training. 

Tue, SEP 29: Comparative Literature Department Orientation - Zoom address sent via email  

  • 9:00A:  Welcome and Looking Forward (Cheri Ross, Chair and Graduate Teaching Supervisor; Joshua Clover, Director of Graduate Study)

    9:30:  Grad Student Forum on Teaching:  recommended for less experienced teachers but everyone welcome (guided by Nia Shy, Manasvin Rajagopalan, Song Shao, and Nick Talbott)

    10:30: Break

    10:45:  Life as a Comp Lit Grad Student:  required for all first graduate students, second and higher years warmly invited (Joshua) 

    11:45: Life as a Comp Lit Grad Student: Peer Perspectives: required for all first graduate students, second and higher years warmly invited (guided by Nia)

    12:30P:  Meet/Greet: all COM faculty and grad student invited; bring your lunch 

Wed, SEP 30 - Classes begin!