UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world. A department of UC Berkeley, we bring Berkeley-quality education to our short-term study abroad and professional certificate programs. We offer everything you need to succeed: rigorous coursework, guidance from expert international student services staff, and activities designed to build strong academic and professional networks.

Top reasons to study here

  • UC Berkeley is ranked the Number One public university in the world.
  • UC Berkeley is home to some of the world’s most preeminent faculty leading more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units.
  • Choose one of our programs to study in Berkeley for a year or less and get the UC Berkeley experience without the complicated admissions process.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)

About

Education

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:

  • A university preparation course
  • A semester or academic year taking UC Berkeley courses
  • Certificate programs for working professionals looking to build their career and professional skills

In addition these specialized programs leverage our unique location and may offer:

  • Visits to Silicon Valley companies
  • Guest speakers and presenters
  • Professional development or career-coaching activities
  • Undergraduate or graduate school admissions workshops
  • Volunteer or internship opportunities

Research

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.

Services

Student services

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:

  • On-site academic advising
  • Help to understand your health insurance plan
  • Student visa advising
  • Housing advice and support
  • Intercultural training
  • Program and academic orientation
  • Social activities
  • Résumé and interview workshops
  • Internship advising
  • Undergraduate and graduate admissions workshops
  • Review of college application essays

Housing services

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.

Library services

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.

Medical services

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. 

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Student clubs

UC Berkeley offers more than 1,200 student clubs and organizations.

Accreditation

UC Berkeley Extension—like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Berkeley, California, United States