Outside Class

Imagine yourself living in Berkeley, California, and learning from some of the most preeminent business minds in the world.

In addition to your academic learning, take advantage of various co-curricular activities for a full immersive learning experience on the Berkeley campus.

Career Counseling and Professional Development

Receive career counseling from qualified staff and faculty to discuss topics such as interview preparation, job search strategies and more. In addition, professional-development workshops address career planning and UC Berkeley and U.S. graduate school admissions tips and best practices.

Bay Area and Silicon Valley Company Visits

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program Student at Google San Francisco

The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the world, with Silicon Valley companies from virtually every industry within 50 miles of the campus. Past company site visits have included LinkedIn, SurveyMonkey, Salesforce, RocketSpace and Coffee Meets Bagel, among others. To complement your courses, you'll have the opportunity to visit Bay Area companies and learn about key factors that make the Bay Area the epicenter of cutting-edge entrepreneurship.

Networking Opportunities

Mingle with your fellow international students and Haas degree students to build connections and community. The Haas School of Business sponsors a range of student clubs open to BHGAP students that cater to professional interests within the broad field of business. Student groups at Haas are divided into those for undergraduate-level students or graduate students. In addition, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business hosts a number of conferences and events that highlight major issues and trends in the field.

Cohort Lunches

At the beginning of the program, attend a welcome lunch—a chance to get to know your fellow students, as well as Haas faculty and staff. You'll also connect with your fellow students during cohort lunches throughout the program, some featuring guest speakers from Berkeley leadership.

Cultural Activities


The picturesque, wooded, 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program Students hanging out on the Berkeley campus


In California, you can drive for a couple of hours in any direction for a completely different setting: mountains, ocean or desert. Here are some of the most iconic locations for a one-day or weekend getaway:

Napa and Sonoma. California wine country features wine tours and exquisite cuisine. Or for the more active, enjoy hiking, bicycling or hot-air ballooning. (45-minute drive)

Santa Cruz. Picturesque beaches and coastal redwood forests make this town the perfect backdrop for one of the best California surfing spots. Santa Cruz is home to several state parks and beaches, as well as a fun-filled boardwalk. (1.5-hour drive)

San Francisco. Despite the fog, from Berkeley you can see across the bay to one of the world's most visited cities—home to streetcars, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, world-class shopping, restaurants, the Giants baseball team and an unparalleled cultural center. (20-minute drive or BART ride)

Lake Tahoe. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is where the Bay Area goes to ski in the winter and relax by the lake in the summer. Hit the beach, enjoy lake activities, or try your luck at one of the bustling casinos. (3-hour drive)

Monterey. Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium; take in a jazz festival; or bike, hike or walk by the stunning, pristine California waterfront. (2-hour drive)

Closing Ceremony

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program closing ceremony

To mark the end of your education at Berkeley, attend a closing ceremony at the Haas School of Business to celebrate your achievement. The inspirational and lively event—overlooking the UC Berkeley campus with views of the San Francisco Bay—features a keynote speaker, speeches from fellow classmates, the presentation of your certificates of completion and a farewell reception.

Alumni Benefits

After completing the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, you become an important part of the Haas network, which includes graduates from across the United States and in 81 countries around the globe. Best of all, you have access to Haas community and alumni resources, including:

Get Started on Your Berkeley Adventure

Individual students may apply directly to participate in the program by creating a student profile and submitting the required application materials.

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Universities interested in partnering with Berkeley Haas to send students on this program should visit our partnerships page or contact us.

Outside the Classroom by BHGAP Student Cassie Lin