Berkeley Global Access Programs

Study Abroad at a World-Class Institution

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Length of Study

One semester or full academic year

Pace of Study


Monday–Friday, 12–18 units per semester.

Some classes may be held on weekend days.

Whether you choose to study for one semester or a full academic year, you'll take a variety of courses to complete your undergraduate or graduate requirements and refine your English skills.

Learn alongside UC Berkeley students while receiving academic advising and graduate school admissions support. Take advantage of this study-abroad 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.

Berkeley Global Access Program: General Option

Berkeley Global Access Program

For a single semester or a full academic year, take an assortment of UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension courses to fulfill your undergraduate or graduate requirements, as well as general-interest courses to broaden your learning.

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Berkeley Global Access Program: Tracks

You can choose to take an assortment of classes through our general Berkeley Global Access program or focus on a specific subject with these tracks:

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program

Join an elite cohort of students learning in a dynamic, experiential environment with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business faculty. The core curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurship, product launch and transformative leadership in digital and global markets.

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College of Environmental Design Global Access Program

Focus your studies on architecture, city planning/urban studies, and landscape architecture. Learn alongside other top-qualifying international students to gain the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel as environmental-design innovators and thought leaders. Built for both majors and non-majors, the core curriculum emphasizes sustainability, design and social difference, and history and theory of cities and landscapes.

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Berkeley English and American Literature Global Access Program

Offered by the English department, this semester-long program provides you with a wide array of literature courses for a well-rounded education. One of our English Ph.D. candidates will be your mentor: attend their office hours and participate in outings to different libraries, social events and more.

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Berkeley Global Access Program Overview

Duration of program:

One semester or full academic year

Pace of study:

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


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Cost includes international student fee, course fees, mandatory health insurance, orientation and student advising. The tuition fee does not include visa fees, textbooks, supplies, travel and housing costs, meals or daily expenses. If you study for more than one semester, you'll receive a $500 continuing-student discount.

For specific Berkeley Global Access Program tracks, click the specific program name above for information on that program's cost.


Official university transcripts, plus any individual course prerequisites

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Students with lower English test scores can request a Skype interview to demonstrate language proficiency. Students with a satisfactory interview may be fully admitted to the program or may be eligible to attend BGA-Start.

Students who do not have an English proficiency test score at the time of application should contact the program to determine if an interview and writing sample might be used as a means of assessment.

We have agreements with several English-As-a-Second-Language (ESL) schools in the United States to accept institutional TOEFL scores. See our list of Preferred English Providers.


UC Berkeley Main Campus
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704

Golden Bear Center
1995 University Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704

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BGA students take at least 2 units of UC Berkeley Extension courses and variable units of UC Berkeley courses, for a minimum of 12 units and maximum of 18 units total.

BGA students can choose additional UC Berkeley Extension courses from:

  • TOEFL preparation course (optional)
  • GRE preparation course (optional)
  • ESL courses (optional)
  • Courses related to your major (optional)

Students are not permitted to take graduate level courses without approval from instructors and the program director. Students are not permittted to take online or non-credit courses through UC BErkeley or through UC Berkeley Extension.

Students must meet all the prerequisite requirements before applying for any campus or extension course.

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