University of California - Davis

  • San Francisco.

    San Francisco, 120km from Davis.


University of California - Davis is part of the University of California system, and is located in Davis city, 120 km northeast of San Francisco. UC Davis is one of the world's leading interdisciplinary research and educational institutions, while the city of Davis is known for its small town atmosphere with green parks, open spaces and its large student population.

UC Davis

Number of study places 


Entry requirements

The applicants with the best average grade at the time of application. The applicant should have average grade B. UC Davis is relatively strict about who they admitt, so the nomination from NMBU therefore occurs after a comprehensive assessment of the applicant, based on grades and the student's motivation letter.

Study level

Bachelor and Master.

About the Agreement

Students admitted through through this agreement may only take courses with availability, and will not be given priority over degree students. Other restrictions may apply, such as not living on campus, etc.

Language requirements (English)

Upper Secondary school (‘videregående’ in Norwegian): Average minimum grade of 4, or

TOEFL score 230 (computer based test), or

IELTS score 6.5.

Semester timing

The academic year at UC Davis consists of three quarters.

Fall quarter: September – December.

Winter quarter: January - March.

Spring quarter: March - June.

Summer Session II: August - mid September.

NOTE: If you choose to go during NMBUs autumn semester (UC Davis fall quarter), you can only take 20 credits. It will be easier to go during the winter and spring quarters. Alternatively you can do the Summer Session combined with the fall quarter and thereby achieve30 credits.

Recognition of study credits

Bachelor: Every quarter corresponds to 15 quarter credits. 1 Davis credit corresponds to 1,33 NMBU credits. Recommended: 15 credits corresponding to 20 NMBU credits.

Master: 1 Davis credit equals 1,54 NMBU credits. Recommended: 13.

Courses taken previously by NMBU students


BIS2A Introduction to Biology
ESP100 General Ecology
EVE189 Introduction to Biological Research
LIN24 Structures in Academic Writing
UWR18 Style in the Essay

BIS104 Cell Biology
BIT160 Plant Biotechnology
BIT161B Plant Genetics & Biotech Lab
EVE131 Human Genetic Variation
FST204 Advanced Food Microbiology
MIC162 General Virology
MIC170 Yeast Molecular Genetics
UWP19 Writing Research Papers

FST198 Directed GP Study
FST104 Food Microbiology
FST104L Food Micro Lab
FST123 Intro Enzymology
LIN24 Structures in Academic Writing

DRA198 Presentation Skills
ECS30 Programming and Problem Solving
ENG102 Dynamics
ENG103 Fluid Mechanics
ESP110 Principles of Environmental Science
GEL18 Energy and Environment
GEL10 Global Environmental Change
MAT168 Optimization
NSC287A Topics in Theoretical Neuroscience
PHYS160 Environmental Physics and Society
PHYS204A Methods of Mathematical Physics
PHYS204B Methods of Mathematical Physics
PHY250 Special Topics
PHY256 Natural Computation and Self Organization
PSC100 Cognitive Psychology STA106 Variance Analysis

ESP155 Wetland Ecology
WFC10 Wildlife Ecology
WFC154 Conservation Biology
WFC198 Directed GP Study

LDA60 Landform and Grading Studio L
DA140 Green Building, Design, and Materials

LDA210 Advanced Studio
LDA171 Urban Planning and Design
LDA198 Directed Group Study in Landscape Architecture
ENH105 Taxonomy & Ecology Plant Families

ARE157 Analysis for Operations and Production Management
ARE171B Financial Management
ECN100 Intermediate Economic Theory
ECN134 Financial Economics
ECN135 Money & Banking
ECN140 Econometrics
ECN160A International Microeconomics
ECN160B International Macroeconomics

ECN100 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECN134 Financial Economics
ECN160A International Microeconomics
ECN160B International Macroeconmics
ENG105 Thermodynamics
ENG106 Engineering Economics
PHY9 Classical Physics

ATM60 Introduction to Atomospheric Science
ECN1A Principles of Microeconomics
HYD144 Groundwater Hydrology


ECI130 Structural Analysis
ENG103 Fluid Mechanics 

Tuition fees

Students must pay tuition fees at a reduced rate

Visa / Residence permit

Visa: It is the student’s own responsibility to apply for a visa. A first step would therefore be to acquire information from the relevant country’s embassy.

Study visa: A student visa is necessary in order to study in the USA. You have to first receive a letter of acceptance from the host university before you can apply. The visum processing fee is currently USD $160, and the SEVIS registration fee is USD $180 - $200. The universities in the USA will issue a document for students to obtain either the F1 or the J1 visa. 
The universities in the USA require that students use either the F1 or the J1 visa.
NOTE J1 visa: Be aware that this carries a clause whereby the applicant faces a two-year ‘quarantine’ period after the initial residence period, in which the applicant cannot apply for a permanent work or residence permit in the USA. However, this does only apply if the student received public funding, such as from Lånekassen.

More information: The US Embassy’s website 

Further note: The US universities with which NMBU has agreements with, require evidence which shows that you can finance your studies there. If you use Lånekassen, then they can issue a guarantee for you. Information about what you probably can get in support can be found here (in Norwegian).


Berkeley accepts the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (den norske Folketrygden) as a full insurance for NMBU students traveling on this agreement. This agreement only applies to students traveling through this agreement, students studying in the USA with the support from Lånekassen, and students who have automatic full nationwide membership in Folketrygden. If you are a Norwegian citizen you need to examine whether this arrangement applies to you. This arrangement only applies to health insurance. Students still have to arrange all other insurances themselves.


If you consider to apply one of our partner universities in the US, be aware that the universities may require a financial guarantee as proof that you can finance your studies.

The UC Davis Exchange is organized through the Global Study Program

Published 13. January 2017 - 14:09 - Updated 11. June 2019 - 15:09