Information for Foreign Applicants

English Proficiency

House officer applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English to be accepted. Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL, unless they have earned a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either: 

a. A regionally accredited U.S. college or university, OR

b. A foreign college or university which is listed in the International Association of Universities' World Higher Education Database ( as providing instruction solely in English (letters from universities or programs indicating that English was the sole language of instruction will not be accepted). The English language testing requirement is waived for applicants from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Tanzania
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Jamaica
  • Sierra Leone
  • United Kingdom
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • South Africa

For applicants from countries where English is not the primary language spoken, the minimum required scores on the TOEFL iBT are 25 in listening, 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, and 23 in reading; no minimum overall score is required.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Their website address is Official score reports must be sent directly to us by the applicant. TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted.

The University of California Davis TOEFL code is 4834 and select department code 51 (Veterinary Medicine)
Anatomic Pathology applicants please use Designated Institution code 4677

Visa Requirements

All applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa with no bars, no holds or home country requirement or TN visa (Mexico and Canada).

Also, while the hospital will initially pay the cost of the VISA application fee, fees for visa documents are due, at the time of your acceptance and arrival, for each individual and should be made payable to the VMTH.  Visitors should contact the House Officer Coordinator, Corey Vermilion ( for information on fees.

SISS (Services for International Students and Scholars)

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) assists incoming and current international students and scholars, and their families with visa and immigration issues while they are at UC Davis. In addition to preparing the necessary documents to apply for a U.S. visa, SISS assists international students and scholars in maintaining their legal status while in the United States. SISS also provides orientation, assistance, information, and referral to international students, faculty, and researchers regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns

You can also find general resources on their website such as housing, transportation, banking, local resources, programs & activities, and much more.