University of California, Berkeley Extension – Berkeley Global

About the institution

Berkeley Global – UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). We are located two blocks from the main campus. Our department offers short term study-abroad programs for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals. We do not offer full degree programs; we offer study abroad and non-degree certificate programs. Students can transfer credits to their home university and will receive a final transcript from UC Berkeley Extension. Our short term programs provide students with in-depth skills and learning experiences that will advance their academic and professional goals.

 Student demographics

  • Over 2,500 international students enroll each academic year
    • 49% Female
    • 51% Male
  • Over 60 different countries represented

 ESL program and/or support services

Berkeley Global does not offer ESL programs.

Student Housing options

Berkeley Global students may choose to live in a private or shared apartment, off-campus dormitory, or homestay. Our Housing Advisor can assist with housing support and provide resources for students looking for accommodations in Berkeley and San Francisco.

We do not place students in housing. Berkeley Global students are not eligible to live directly on the UC Berkeley main campus. However, there are many other accommodations near campus.

To learn more, please visit our website.

Admission requirements for first-year and transfer students

Berkeley Global offers short term study options for international students interested in studying at UC Berkeley for a semester or an academic year. Requirements vary from program to program. See our program websites below for full details.

Pre-College/ High School

Academic Study Abroad (Undergraduate/Graduate)

Full-Time Certificates (Professional)

International Student visas issued


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Costs vary from program to program. See the program website for more information.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for: Berkeley Haas Global Access Program and Legal Studies Global Access Program.

Internship opportunities 

International students in selected programs have the opportunity to participate in our Professional Internship Program after they complete one semester of study at Berkeley Global. For more information, please visit our website.

Student activities and campus life

Berkeley Global is part of the vibrant UC Berkeley community and offers a wide range of student programming and activities depending on the program of study. This may include welcome receptions, coffee hours, San Francisco field trips, site visits, and more. Students are eligible to join clubs, organizations, and various events on campus. Students may inquire about the specific program opportunities by reviewing our website.