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A Welcome to Berkeley Haas From Dean Rich Lyons

Join an elite cohort of students learning in a dynamic, experiential environment with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business faculty.

This unique program provides access to Berkeley Haas' top-notch faculty, courses and networks within the innovative ecosystem of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Through the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program (BHGAP), top-qualifying international students from both business and non-business backgrounds gain the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel as tomorrow's innovators and global leaders. Put your new education to practical use with an internship and apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

The core curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurship, product launch and transformative leadership in digital and global markets. Learn more about your courses, internship and OPT options.

Program Dates

Fall 2018: August 20–December 14

Final Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

Fall 2018 Scholarship Deadline: June 3, 2018

Spring 2019: January 18–May 17

Final Application Deadline: November 19, 2018

Program Cost*


*Excludes living expenses


Top-qualifying undergraduate and graduate international students and professionals

Internships and Optional Practical Training

Summer 2018 dates: May 21–August 10, 2018 (12 weeks)

  • Résumé assistance, interview preparation and placement at a Bay Area company
  • One-on-one internship coaching from Berkeley Haas
  • 2-unit Career Development Course
  • Optional Practical Training eligibility

Read more about internships

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL: 90 or

IELTS Academic Format: 7 or

TOEIC score: 800

Students who do not meet these requirements can request further English language evaluation.

Read more about English Proficiency Requirements

BHGAP's academics are complemented by various enhancements that provide a full immersive learning experience on the Berkeley campus. Enhancements may include:

English Proficiency Requirements

Students must meet minimum requirements of TOEFL 90, TOEIC 800 or IELTS 7 for admission. Students who do not have an English proficiency score at the time of application should email us at to find out about alternatives for demonstrating English proficiency.

Students with a TOEFL score of 80–89 (IELTS 6.5, TOEIC 700–799) may request an interview to demonstrate suitable language proficiency for the program. Students with a satisfactory interview may be admitted to the program or eligible to apply to BGA-Start.

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