We are excited to work with your educational institution in creating a partnership that aligns and fulfills your students’ goals. These agreements bring your students to Berkeley, creating a truly global campus environment. We welcome new partnerships to bring your best and brightest to take part in our unique short-term offerings. Learn how you can become a valued partner:

UC Berkeley Extension—What We Offer


UC Berkeley Extension is a school within the vibrant UC Berkeley campus and offers a wide range of programs that bring international students to Berkeley—home to the Number 1 public university in the United States (U.S. News and World Report). Although we do not offer programs that allow students to transfer to UC Berkeley, our short-term study options provide the same quality education and access to knowledge from leading experts in their fields as on campus. 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

Internships and opportunities to apply for optional practical training (OPT) work authorization are available for certain programs.


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


Why Become a Partner?

  1. Collaboration

    As a UC Berkeley Extension partner, you have a central role in the admissions process. As our educational partner, you can establish additional admissions criteria beyond the program's requirements and pre-screen applicants to meet any special qualifications necessary at your institution. Final admissions decisions are made by UC Berkeley Extension while working closely with your school to ensure students meet all required qualifications.

  2. Customization

    UC Berkeley Extension international programs can be customized to meet specialized training needs for schools, universities and other groups. Custom programs may range from one day to one year, and may be held on campus at UC Berkeley, in our UC Berkeley Extension facilities in Berkeley or San Francisco, or on-site in your home country. Customized programs may focus on specific academic themes or include additional activities, such as:

    • Visits to Silicon Valley companies or other Bay Area universities
    • Leadership development and service-learning projects
    • Guest speakers and presenters
    • Professional development or career-coaching activities
    • Undergraduate or graduate school admissions workshops
    • Volunteer or internship opportunities
    • Group meals
    • Cultural trips around California
    • Other elements to supplement the student experience

    As a partner, you may also reserve seats in programs specifically for your students. You have the option to send students to our existing programs or modify an existing program at your own university—or develop a brand-new program with us! Interested in a customized program? Email customprograms@berkeley.edu for details.

  3. Campus Connections

    Partnering with us opens doors for you to develop additional partnerships with UC Berkeley. We encourage campus visits and assist in arranging meetings for you to connect with campus departments and staff.

  4. Logistics and Communication

    In addition to on-the-ground program and student services, you also receive support to assist with pre-program logistics such as registration, student health insurance, academic transcripts, and email communications with students and parents.

  5. Access to High-Quality Curriculum

    UC Berkeley boasts some impressive accomplishments as a globally ranked university. UC Berkeley Extension provides unique access to this environment, including expert instructors and leading faculty that both challenge and inspire our students. We work with you every step of the way to ensure our curriculum offerings meet your institution’s requirements and goals.

    Read about all of UC Berkeley Extension’s programs for international students.

  6. Discounts

    You also have the opportunity to receive special program discounts or scholarships depending on the number of students you send.