Studying abroad at UC Berkeley will impact the rest of your life. In this visiting student program, you will have a great learning experience that will give you an advantage when applying to graduate school or a future job. Make sure your story involves one of the most renowned universities in the world!

For a semester or full academic year, you can choose the courses that most interest you—and fit with your academic goals. Study alongside other UC Berkeley students while taking new and innovative classes that you wouldn't find at your home university. Learn from UC Berkeley's distinguished professors—who are esteemed professionals in their academic and research fields—on a culturally diverse campus.

Student Advisor Mariam Rahimi
"It is an honor to connect with students from all over the world and have them be part of our Berkeley community!"

—Mariam Rahimi, Admissions Adviser

Make an appointment with an admissions adviser.

Imagine Yourself Studying in Berkeley

Shanghai University of Finance & Economics student Rui Ju attended this visiting student program from Fall 2017–Spring 2018, where she joined student associations, participated in women's leadership forums, and visited tech companies like Salesforce and Google.

Why Berkeley?

UC Berkeley is one of the world's top-ranked public universities, offering academics taught by top-notch faculty who inspire you to think about the world in new ways. We're located near San Francisco and Silicon Valley—giving you unique access to the global epicenter for technology and innovation.

Prepare for Your Academic Future

Take courses to fulfill undergraduate or graduate requirements.

Attend graduate school admissions and career development workshops.

Gain opportunities to obtain recommendation letters from Berkeley faculty.

Your Classes

During your semester or year-long visiting student experience, you'll take courses on the beautiful Berkeley campus. Each semester, you can enroll in a variety of UC Berkeley classes for a minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 18 units total of credit-bearing courses.

Take courses in your major with other Berkeley students in popular subject areas such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Letters and Sciences
  • Business
  • Biology

Small Class Sizes

71% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students.

Lecture hall filled with students

Campus Classes

To view available courses, select the academic term, then the subject you are interested in. If you're interested in taking a series of focused courses in a single subject area, you may be interested in our business, chemistry or physics tracks.

You will have the opportunity to take some graduate-level courses with the approval of the faculty and campus departments. You must meet the listed prerequisite requirements to be eligible for any course. The following graduate departments will not allow the enrollment of visiting students, which includes but is not limited to, Business, Economics, Data Science, Physics, Law and Environmental Design.

Transfer Courses!

Units earned in this program can be transferred back to your home university, or help prepare you for graduate and professional schools. Learn more about transfer credits.

What do the letters and numbers mean in a course title? How will this help me transfer units? Read about our course letters and numbers.

Join Our Community

Lecture hall filled with students

New Student Orientation and Welcome Events

Before you arrive in Berkeley, you'll need to complete the online orientation course, which covers everything from housing, transportation, safety, health insurance, student life and the course enrollment process. Dedicated advisers will be on hand to answer any of your questions. Once you arrive in Berkeley, you'll meet other students and program staff at the new student welcome event. There will also be other opportunities for you to gather with students through our various orientation activities, including trips to local attractions, campus tours and much more!

Jawon Kim, Berkeley Global Access student
“During the first week of this semester, there was a reception for international students. I met a lot of people and enjoyed delicious food. I even met Oski, who is UC Berkeley's mascot! There was a photo booth and a performance from the Berkeley cheerleaders and band! It was an awesome and great party!”

—Jawon Kim

Strong Group Dynamics

During your program, you will become part of an academic community. This community is a valuable resource—you can participate in study groups to prepare for exams and use the expertise of your fellow classmates to get feedback about class assignments. Other students are also a good source of advice and recommendations on local activities and making the most out of your time in Berkeley.

Students talking and laughing together
Yanni Zhang, Berkeley Global Access student
"Berkeley has great professors and a great study environment-so use them a lot! The libraries are awesome. Do not skip classes, take every reading and assignment seriously so you can succeed in the classroom. The Bay Area is great-use your weekends and holidays to explore and relax."

—Yanni Zhang

Students hanging out on Upper Sproul

Campus Activities

  • 1,200 student clubs and organizations
  • Numerous museums, film archives and concerts
  • 34 club sports and endless intramural teams
Dan Pham, Berkeley Global Access student
"There are a lot of social activities and student clubs you can join on campus, which means that there is definitely something for everyone. In addition, there is always a lot of life on campus with dance, singing and sports happening at the university."

—BGA graduate Dan Nguyen Pham, who is studying biology and biotechnology at the University of Copenhagen

Program Details


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Price based on number of units enrolled.

Tuition includes:

  • Courses
  • Housing advice and visa support
  • Orientation to Berkeley
  • Personal academic advising
  • Immersive trips around the Bay Area
  • Graduate school admissions and career services support
  • Tuition does not include textbooks, supplies, travel and housing costs, meals or daily expenses. If you participate in this program for a full academic year, you'll receive a $500 continuing-student discount.


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