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UC Berkeley Global

UC Berkeley Global

UC Berkeley is the number one global public university in the world. UC Berkeley Global is a department of the university that allows international students to access UC Berkeley via short-term study and professional certificate programs. We offer everything you need to succeed: rigorous coursework, guidance from expert staff, and activities to build strong academic and professional networks.

Top reasons to study here

  • UC Berkeley is ranked the Number One global 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.
  • After completing two semesters of study, you are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and take part in an internship at a leading company.



UC Berkeley Global provides 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


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 global public university in the United States, Berkeley not only offers opportunities for academic learning, but also for substantial personal and career growth.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

At UC Berkeley Global, 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. 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
  • Social activities
  • Résumé and interview workshops
  • Internship advising
  • Undergraduate and graduate admissions workshops

Housing services

UC Berkeley Global 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.


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

Student Reviews

Transform your thinking with BHGAP
Hugo de Jong rated 5 out of 5 stars

BHGAP is a great program for anybody who wants to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship, or transformative thinking in general. *Academic* It offers a good variety of high quality classes, with a strong focus on skills and practical learning, taught by excellent faculty. The 'lunch & learns' and other academic side activities give you a taste of fields that are not...

BHGAP is the best!
Jiaxin Lei rated 5 out of 5 stars

BHGAP is a really worthwhile project with so many excellent courses and talented peers. During the semester at UC Berkeley, I not only gain knowledge about finance and business but also experience culture in the US.

Don't worry about studying abroad
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This program is very valuable to expand your horizons. Have you been to abroad or studied abroad? It does not matter since the professors are greatly familiar with your consciousness, worry, and motivation. Not only learning at great university, UC Berkeley but also international folks would help your future.

Berkeley, California, United States

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