Incoming Graduate Information

Your 2018 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. Copying/Printing/Scanning Slides - These slides and your copy code are emailed quarterly to those who are employed.
  8. When in doubt, ask the LangLit Staff

Orientations Schedule 2018

*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)

Fri, SEP 14: International Graduate Student Orientation (required for new international students)

Mon, SEP 17: 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.

Various Dates: Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP) / SPEAK Test – For international graduate students / TAs.  See for information on who must take it and how to sign up.

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

Mon, SEP 24: 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. Consult your registration confirmation email for time & location of the in person training.

Tue, SEP 25: Comparative Literature Department Orientation - 912 Sproul Hall   

  • 9:00.  Coffee and pastries.
  • 9:15.  Welcome by Sheldon Lu (Department Chair), Jocelyn Sharlet (Graduate Adviser) & Noha Radwan (TA/AI Supervisor). (Required for all COM 5-7 TAs)
  • 9:30.  Teaching in COM 5-7 workshop by Nick Talbott and Jeremy Konick-Seese. (Required for all COM 5-7 TAs)
  • 10:30. Break
  • 10:45. Teaching in COM 1-4 workshop by Nick Talbott and Jeremy Konick-Seese. (Required for all COM 1-4, and COM 10 instructors)
  • 12:00. Greeting from Sheldon Lu (Department Chair) and Lunch with faculty. (All graduate students invited.)
  • 1:30.   Life as a Comp Lit Grad Student by Jocelyn Sharlet. (Required for all first graduate students, second and higher years warmly invited)

Wed, SEP 26 - Classes begin!