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Study at University of California, Berkeley

University of California Berkeley, just outside of San Francisco, is regularly ranked as one of the best universities in the United States and the university has over 35,000 students from around the world. UC Berkeley Extension is a department of UC Berkeley that facilitates study at the university for international students. At University of California, Berkeley you can study:

  • A semester or two/Study Abroad (Global Access Program)
  • A Diploma
  • Foundation program for high-achieving graduated High school students
  • Summer school for high-achieving high school students

Via the Study Abroad Global Access Program for semester students, students can choose to focus on one study area:

        • Legal Studies (e.g. Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Sociology of Law, International Relations and International Law, and Theories of Justice)
        • Environmental Design/Architecture (e.g. Cities, Landscapes and Technology, Urban and Community Health, History and Literature of Landscape Architecture)
        • Entrepreneurship/Business (e.g. New Venture Finance, FinTech, High-Technology Marketing Management, and Fundamentals of Design Thinking)

          ....or choose a mixture of courses (the Discover program) from the UC Berkeley course catalogue. See courses here.

Why study at the University of California, Berkeley Extension?

      • University of California Berkeley is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world!
      • University of California Berkeley is located just outside amazing San Francisco (20 minutes by car)
      • Complete a quality education and earn a diploma that demonstrates successful completion of rigorous Berkeley-quality curriculum.
      • You have the opportunity to combine your education with an internship.
      • You get to live on a campus with over 35,000 students from around the world
      • The university has over 1,000 student groups so you have many opportunities to connect with other students who share your interests.

Campus and accommodation at the University of California, Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Extension Building is located just a few blocks from the UC Berkeley campus in the heart of downtown Berkeley. There are many different housing options available that you can choose from.

You choose your accommodation based on your preferences and budget. You can choose the bustling atmosphere of a dormitory, the personal experience of living with a host family or the independence of a shared or private apartment. 

You must secure your own place to live while studying, but UCBE works with several housing providers to help you find the ideal accommodation. Most students choose to live around the campus in Berkeley, but others prefer to live in San Francisco and commute into Berkeley. 

Apply to the University of California - Berkeley Extension

To apply to UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco we will help you fill out the application form. We will inform you about financing, grade requirements and possibility to apply for scholarships. Other requirements may occur depending on which program you apply for.

The English requirements also differ depending on the program. At times, we can waive the English test if your university grades are sufficient and in other cases you will need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test.

When should I apply for my studies in San Francisco?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, in the order they are received, and only complete applications are assessed. Programs can fill before the application deadline, so send all application documents as soon as possible. Please contact our study advisors for more information, or to receive the application form to UC Berkeley Extension.

 

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Free study guidance

We answer all your questions about studying abroad. Receiving our help is free of charge and there are no stupid questions and no hidden fees written in small print anywhere.

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You will have your own personal study advisor. Together, you tailor your education abroad based on your dreams, wishes and opportunities, and our experience.

We guide you from A-Z

We help you with your very first questions to telling you everything you need to know about subjects, financing, housing, scholarships, visa, and everything in between. You won’t miss any important details.

Semester at Berkeley

 At University of California, Berkeley you can study either:

  • Study abroad (a semester or two as part of your education in your home country) - explained in detail below
  • A Diploma (explained in detail below)

College preparation:

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program Current high school students experience summer in Berkeley while taking high-level coursework, improving their English and preparing to apply to U.S universities.

College Foundations Program: Students who have recently completed high school take part in an immersive experience over a semester or full year. Focus on exam preparation and college admissions advising while taking rigorous academic coursework.

Study abroad (semester or yearlong):

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program (business/entrepreneurship): Semester- or year-long entrepreneurship program for undergraduate or graduate students focusing on business topics; courses are taken at the #2 business school in the U.S. Participants also gain exposure to Silicon Valley companies and may participate in internships and apply for OPT work visas.

Berkeley Legal Studies Global Access Program (law): One-semester program with courses at the top-ranked law school on the fundamentals of U.S. law, entrepreneurship, and legal change to intellectual property law, international law and business law. (Open to undergraduates and those who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree.)

College of Environmental Design Global Access Program (architecture): Semester- or year-long program focusing on architecture, city planning/urban studies, and landscape architecture. Architecture Program is ranked #4 in the world by QS Ranking. (Undergraduates only)

BGA Discover (most academic subjects): Semester- or year-long program allowing undergraduate and graduate students to take UC Berkeley courses. Explore a variety of subjects based on your academic interests. UC Berkeley is ranked the #1 public university in the world by Shanghai Rankings.

English Literature Global Access Program (literature and writing): Semester- or year-long program for undergraduate and graduate students focusing on English literature and writing, under the mentorship of an English Ph.D. candidate. Graduate English Program is ranked #1 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.

Professional diploma:

International Diploma Programs (business certificates): Intensive 4- to 12-month certificates focused on business topics. Open to 4th-year undergraduate students, graduate students and working professionals. Includes options to participate in internships at U.S. companies and apply for OPT work visas.

Evening Certificate Programs (certificates, various subjects): Adults who have completed their undergraduate degree take evening courses alongside U.S. professionals. Courses are available in a broad range of career-focused fields such as graphic design, human resource management, etc.

Financing

The cost of studying at UC Berkeley Extension varies according to your level of study and study field. Our study advisors will be happy to send you the accurate price for your preferred study program and courses, as well as an estimated budget of living in California. Moreover, our study advisors can provide you with information about scholarships, public grants and other funding options!

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