UC Berkeley Extension International Programs provide Berkeley-quality education and knowledge from leading experts on campus. International high school through graduate-level students as well as working professionals may choose to take part in:
In addition these specialized programs leverage our unique location and may offer:
UC Berkeley is home to some of the world’s most preeminent faculty leading more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Consistently ranked the Number One public university in the United States, Berkeley not only offers opportunities for academic learning, but also for substantial personal and career growth.
At UC Berkeley Extension, we have an entire office dedicated to supporting our international students. We're there each step of the way to help—from the application process to your time in Berkeley and after your program ends. Our goal is that your Berkeley experience is positive, safe, fun and productive.Part of each international program is the new-student orientation, where you go over program requirements, receive your class schedule and meet our staff. In addition, you receive important information about medical insurance, visa documents, traveling and more. We also provide you with a range of services, including:
UC Berkeley Extension recommends several area housing providers, including private or shared apartments, dormitories and homestays. You are required to make housing arrangements directly with the recommended providers. We strongly suggest you apply early and arrange housing in advance of your arrival.
After the start of your program, you can purchase a 6-month UC Berkeley library card by presenting proof of current registration along with a government-issued photo ID. You also have access to licensed electronic resources, such as journals and databases.
Maintaining your health is an important part of your program experience, so it's good news that Berkeley is ranked one of the Top 10 healthiest cities in the United States.
You will be enrolled in our health insurance during your program. You'll be able to to fill prescriptions, visit the doctor and more. In addition, our students are also eligible for mental health services.
The city of Berkeley is a dynamic city and part of the larger San Francisco Bay Area—a hub for creative technology pioneers such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. Downtown Berkeley offers cinemas, live theater and music, amongst other attractions. Berkeley is also home to diverse cultures, food and traditions unique to California, but also from around the world.
UC Berkeley offers more than 1,200 student clubs and organizations.
UC Berkeley Extension—like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).