Spring 2021: Part-Time Digital Learning Opportunity

Take 1–2 Berkeley classes from anywhere in the world with our innovative Live Online digital learning format.

Live Online combines the interactivity of the classroom with the benefits of digital learning.

Attend scheduled online sessions with your instructor and classmates where you participate in engaging lectures, collaborate, and apply the course material in discussions and break-out sessions. Instructors deliver course content in interactive video conference sessions that are thoughtfully designed and executed. This adds additional community and engagement with your instructor and classmates while you work on assignments and other course work. Learn more about this exciting learning format.

Additional Features:

  • Virtually attend graduate school admissions workshops and panels.
  • Receive personalized advising.
  • Hear from prestigious guest speakers
  • Hear from leading innovators through virtual company site visits.

Questions? Email us at bga@berkeley.edu.

Applications for Spring 2021 virtual learning are due December 1. Apply Now.

Fall 2021 In-Person Option

For a semester or full academic year, you choose the courses that most interest you—and fit with your academic goals. Study alongside students from around the globe while taking new and innovative classes that you wouldn't find at your home university.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's renowned professors in a culturally diverse campus—without the complicated admissions process.

Outside of class, spend your free time exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, networking with your classmates and professors, participating in student groups, receiving guidance from your peer mentor, and immersing yourself in this vibrant, multicultural environment. You'll also receive academic advising and graduate school admissions support as part of your experience.

Why Choose BGA?

Finish undergraduate or graduate requirements

Join numerous clubs and organizations

Access to Berkeley, San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Expert instructors, world-renowned Berkeley faculty

BGA Program Overview

Duration of program

One semester (approximately 4 months) or a full academic year (approximately 8 months). View upcoming program dates.


You'll take courses both on and just outside of campus. Enroll in a variety of UC Berkeley courses, for a minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 18 units total of credit-bearing courses.

UC Berkeley courses – To view available courses, select the academic term, then the subject you are interested in. If you are interested in a course that appears under the "professional" category, you'll be better suited to apply to one of our tracks: business, legal studies or physics. Otherwise, explore courses from a variety of subjects (excluding courses from the School of Law) such as:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Graduate-level courses must be approved in advance by instructors and our program director. You must meet the listed prerequisite requirements to be eligible for any course.

Pace of study

Full-time, Monday–Friday, 12–18 units per semester


Spring 2021 online: $1,750–$7,000 USD

Fall 2021 in-person: $15,500–$18,400 USD

*Price based on number of units enrolled

Fee includes:

Cost does not include textbooks, supplies, travel and housing costs, meals or daily expenses. If you participate in BGA for a full academic year, you'll receive a $500 continuing-student discount.


  • Recommended minimum grade point average (GPA): 3.0. Calculate my GPA. Exceptions are sometimes made on a case-by-case basis; you may contact us for details.
  • Completion of the BGA online application.
  • Make sure that you meet specific prerequisites for any course you intend to take.

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If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you can request an English-language interview through our department. If you are interested in this option, please select, "I would like to request an English interview" in your online application.

Note: Transcripts and credentials should reflect the program that you completed in English. Our Admissions department will assess all documentation and inform you if additional items are needed. Please note that our admissions process is holistic and meeting the English-language proficiency requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Email internationaladmissions@berkeley.edu with questions or to learn more.


You may request a waiver if you meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have completed one year of full-time college-level instruction entirely in the English language.
  • You have successfully completed a university-level program in a country or region where English is the official language.
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UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704

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1995 University Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704

Program Dates:

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Wenhan Lu, BGA graduate

"The professors have deep knowledge of their fields and were really nice and helpful. Professor Deborah Nolan in the Statistics Department offered me a recommendation letter that I used in my application to Yale."

—Wenhan Lu, Dalian, China

Hear from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics student Rui Ju as she shares her experience attending the Berkeley Global Access Discover Program.

Dan Nguyen Pham at the Cal Football stadium

"The academics are really tough, but I was able to do more than study, like play soccer and watch American football and much more."

—Dan Nguyen Pham, Denmark

Program Details

About Berkeley Global

Berkeley Global's mission is to extend the reach of UC Berkeley's excellence by providing access and educational opportunities to students from all over the world. UC Berkeley Extension is the administrative department of Berkeley Global. Your transcript, certificate and all visa documents will be issued by UC Berkeley Extension.

Your courses

You may choose any course in the UC Berkeley Extension or UC Berkeley course catalog (excluding courses from the School of Law), as long as you meet any published prerequisites. Transcripts of prior study may be required. UC Berkeley Extension courses are generally held in the evenings and on weekends; campus courses are held on weekdays. Courses must carry academic credit in semester units; enrollment in continuing education unit (CEU) courses is not permitted.

Course availability

Enrollment in all courses is subject to availability. If enrollment in any course is denied, you must choose an alternate course—either a campus course or an Extension course—to maintain a full-time study schedule.

Your participation

Berkeley Global welcomes individuals and groups of students from participating universities. Student eligibility is based on academic performance.

Applying to a UC school

Participation in Berkeley Global Access does not offer any advantage for a student's application to UC Berkeley or any other University of California campus.

Academic Credit From Your Home University

It is the student's responsibility to communicate with staff at the home institution to make sure all BGA course credits will transfer towards the student's degree.