Welcome to UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension welcomes collaborative relationships with professional educational advisers and institutions around the world. We thank you for your support in facilitating these life-changing experiences for international students!


By working in partnership with UC Berkeley Extension, you’re sending your students to a highly respected institution devoted to education access and high-quality curriculum. Established in 1891 as the continuing education branch of UC Berkeley, we offer access to UC Berkeley and Extension courses for domestic and international students—without the complicated admissions process. UC Berkeley Extension—like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) through the university.

Here on our international representative portal, you'll find information and tools for your work with our International Programs. Get started below to find our agent application, a brief overview of all programs, information on the student application process and policies, commission details, and promotion and payment information.

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Get to Know Our Programs

College Foundations Program

Who Can Participate? Recent international high school graduates.

Students gain English immersion and exposure to preparatory and university-level coursework for one or two terms, or a full academic year. They also receive personal college admissions advising to prepare for competitive international university applications. Learn more about the College Foundations Program.

Great for: Motivated, academically focused students considering attending university in the U.S. or other English-speaking locations.

Berkeley Global Access Discover

Who Can Participate? Undergraduate and graduate students.

Study in Berkeley, taking UC Berkeley and Extension courses with expert instructors. Students enjoy an immersive experience that includes cultural, service-learning and leadership development projects. Learn more about Berkeley Global Access.

Great for: Students who want a full cultural and academic immersion experience taking undergraduate or graduate coursework with UC Berkeley and Extension students.

BGA Start

Who Can Participate? Undergraduate and graduate students.

Do you have prior knowledge of English, but need to improve your language skills to apply to one of our programs? Then this preparatory program is for you. You'll focus on developing your English-language and test-taking skills needed to succeed at UC Berkeley. Learn more about Berkeley Global Access-Start Program.

Great for: Students who want to improve their English as a Second Language (ESL) skills and TOEFL test preparation in order to qualify to apply to our other programs.

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program

Who Can Participate? International undergraduate and graduate students interested in business.

Highly qualified students take business courses with the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business’ esteemed faculty. In addition to their studies, students have access to career-coaching and Bay Area and Silicon Valley professional networks. Learn more about the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program.

Great for: High-achieving students interested in business studies and/or interested in applying to a master’s in business or related graduate degree program.

College of Environmental Design Berkeley Global Access Program

Who Can Participate? Undergraduate and graduate students.

Gain the knowledge, skills and connections to excel as innovators and thought leaders in the design of sustainable built environments. Built for both majors and non-majors, the core curriculum emphasizes sustainability, design and social difference, and the history and theory of cities and landscapes. Learn more about the Berkeley College of Environmental Design's Global Access Program.

Great for: High-achieving students interested in environmental design as part of their major or complementing their current studies.

International Diploma Programs

Who Can Participate? International undergraduate students and working professionals.

Short-term, intensive study in career-focused business disciplines at UC Berkeley Extension. Students earn a certificate in four months, or combine study with an internship for an 8- or 12-month experience. Learn more about International Diploma Programs.

Great for: Career advancers and career changers, early career professionals, or students seeking M.B.A. preparation or an M.B.A. alternative but who don’t need academic credits.

Immersives and Professional Diploma Programs

Who Can Participate? International working professionals.

Immersive Programs allow students to gain deep skills through an intensive, full-time course of study that lasts one semester (fall or spring). They earn a minimum of eight academic credits, a certificate and the opportunity to apply for an internship.

When students study in Immersive Programs for two full semesters, they have the opportunity to add four elective courses and become eligible for our Professional Diploma Program certification. At the end of their two semesters (minimum nine months), students will have the opportunity to take part in an internship and apply to OPT at companies in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere in the U.S.

Great for: Students who want to gain a strong foundation in various subject areas to either start a career or perhaps pursue a new one by gaining real-world experience.

Evening Certificate Programs

Who Can Participate? International students or working professionals who have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Students dive into skills-based study alongside U.S. students at UC Berkeley Extension. They choose from professional certificates in business, psychology, interior design and more. Courses are offered during evenings and weekends; most certificates can be completed in one year. Learn more about the Evening Certificate Programs.

Great for: Career advancers, career changers and early career professionals who have commitments during the day but who want to study in their free time alongside U.S. working professionals.

Program Comparison

Not sure what program is best for your student? Check out our side-by-side program comparison chart.


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