Studying at UC Berkeley will impact the rest of your life. Whether it's for a semester or a full academic year, you will be learning at the world's top-ranked public university, gaining access to academically excellent classes taught by top-notch faculty. Immerse yourself in our diverse community, giving you new perspectives and inspiration to think about the world in new ways.

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Choose from thousands of courses—either those you can't find at your home university or those that will provide transfer credit toward earning your degree.

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Study alongside other UC Berkeley students—build friendships and your global network.

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Get a Step Ahead—attend individualized coaching sessions and career development workshops as you prepare for graduate school or entering the workforce.

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Immerse yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area—build connections with industry experts, Berkeley faculty and students, and the larger Silicon Valley ecosystem to connect your academics with your individual career goals.

Berkeley Global Access Program Information Session

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Alum Tilman Josef Loeschel on His Experience in BGA

"The Berkeley Global Access Program gives you the opportunity to really gain insights into challenging and innovative topics here on campus during the lectures, but also embrace new opportunities to meet new people while embracing new cultures."

The Best of Berkeley

In this exciting 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!

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.

Meet Berkeley Global Access Program Graduate Jingyue Li

Visiting student Jingyue tells us about her experience coming to Berkeley to study for a semester. A software engineer major, Jingyue plans to apply for graduate school, focusing on human-centered applications. And helping her get there is our BGA program.

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Explore California

In addition to providing you with world-class academics, we want to make sure your time with us is enjoyable and that you experience life in Berkeley to its fullest.

From Berkeley so much is within your reach. San Francisco is just a 20-minute ride away on public transportation. Explore the United States' oldest Chinatown, world-class museums and shopping, historic Victorian architecture and more.

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Looking to get out of town? Napa Valley, with its wineries and restaurants, is just an hour north. You can also fly to Los Angeles or Las Vegas, or drive to Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy summer on the lake or visit a ski resort during the winter. Yosemite National Park—featuring spectacular rock formations, hiking trails and waterfalls—is also within driving distance. If you prefer the water and coast, take a drive down to Monterey or Big Sur.

Whatever your interest, Berkeley's location means you're close to it all and can always discover something new.

We're Here With You From Day One

Before you arrive in Berkeley, you'll take a specially prepared online orientation course that 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!

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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