The International Diploma Programs will not accept applications after July 22, 2019.

We're improving this program with our brand-new Immersives and Professional Diploma Programs. In this full-time study option, you can increase your employability by gaining credentials in high-demand fields that make you eligible to apply for either internships or Optional Practical Training (OPT).

  • Enroll in specialized electives to meet your career goals
  • Study alongside domestic students
  • Take advantage of career advising and resources
  • Put your skills to work at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley
Learn more about this exciting new program

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Minimum 3 years undergraduate study completed

Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.0


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Length of Study

4 to 12 months, depending on the program.

Optional 4-month internship after successful completion of a 4-month IDP certificate.

Pace of Study

Full-time, weekdays, up to 30 hours a week

4-Month IDP Certificates

Learn about U.S. business principles by understanding the concepts and practices in areas such as economics, finance and marketing. You also receive hands-on training through workshops and seminars. Build skills and confidence as you develop financial analyses, create business plans and work as an integral part of a multicultural team.

This program is offered in fall, spring and summer. Regardless of your academic field, this program is appropriate if you have had some exposure to business topics but minimal overall knowledge of business.

Prerequisite: Three years of an undergraduate degree completed; no work experience is necessary.

Start Your Application for Business Administration program
How to Apply for the Business Administration program

Internships Available

Starting a new business that will survive involves more than a technology or service idea and a business plan. Of the 1.5 million new businesses started in the United States each year, 80 percent fail in the first five years, and 80 percent of the survivors fail in the following five years. Learn theory, practical skills and strategies to launch your business and be successful. Learn from instructors who are business owners, consultants and entrepreneurs. And you'll be taking classes close to the Silicon Valley, exposing you to its culture and fast-paced, high-growth startup environment.

This program is ideal if you are an aspiring entrepreneur who is seriously thinking of becoming a business owner, starting your own venture, or planning on entering your family's business. To be accepted, you should have conceptualized an idea that you can develop in the progression of the program, culminating in a presentation to a panel of entrepreneurs and colleagues.

This program is offered in the fall and spring terms only.

Prerequisite: Three years of an undergraduate degree completed.

Additional courses will be added based on audience and market trends such as Business Negotiation and Web Technology Entrepreneurship.

Start Your Application for Entrepreneurship program application
How to Apply for Entrepreneurship program

Internships Available

Gain knowledge in one of the most complex and important areas of business management. You explore the time value of money, capital budgeting, measurements of business performance and other financial concepts. You also examine mergers and acquisitions, risk management and financial restructuring. To make strong financial decisions that you can apply internationally, you study trade finance, the unique challenges of international financial management and the international monetary system. This rigorous program is ideal preparation for an M.B.A. program, a career in the financial world or a future managing your own company.

This program is offered in the spring and summer terms only.

Prerequisites: Three years of an undergraduate degree completed; previous study in economics, accounting or finance.

Start Your Application for Finance program
How to Apply for Finance program

Internships Available

Get a practical, intensive foundation in global administration. Learn how globalization influences international trade, as well as the complexities of international supply chains. Acquire practical knowledge of the international monetary system, in addition to cultural and legal factors that affect product development, distribution channels and promotion. This program prepares you for a career in a multinational company, a small business or further study in an M.B.A. program.

This program is offered in the fall term only.

Prerequisites: Completed undergraduate degree, previous study in business administration or finance, and at least two years of substantial, relevant work experience. Internships and short assignments do not count toward work experience.

Additional courses will be added based on audience and market trends, such as Sustainability and Ethics Seminar and Risk Management in the Value Chain.

Start Your Application for Global Business Management program
How to Apply for Global Business Management program

Internships Available

From a strategic perspective, marketing is comprehensive and includes not only the understanding of marketing terminology but also a method of applying it in a competitive environment. Marketing is dynamic and requires you to constantly be aware of the marketplace from the viewpoint of the customer and the competitors.

Gain the knowledge to understand the vital role of marketing in the success of any company. Through case studies, team projects and simulations, you analyze current market conditions; investigate the relationships of product, price, promotion, distribution, customer relationship management and packaging; and learn to develop an integrated marketing plan. Whether you seek to be a marketing professional or manage a marketing department, this certificate provides you with the essentials to Start Your Application.

This program is offered in fall, spring and summer.

Prerequisite: Three years of an undergraduate degree; no work experience is necessary. If you have previous study or significant work experience in marketing, we recommend that you choose a different program.

Additional courses will be added based on audience and market trends. Sample courses could include advertising and social media, global marketing, green marketing, integrated marketing communications, public relations or social media marketing strategies.

Start Your Application for Marketing program
How to Apply for Marketing program

Internships Available

Gain the skills to keep complex projects on task, on time and on budget. As you learn to develop and lead projects in a cross-cultural environment, you also develop proven techniques for successful teamwork. Course topics align with guidelines from the Project Management Institute, and skills gained from this certificate can be applied to leadership positions in diverse fields such as manufacturing, research, software and product development, engineering, construction, health care, biotechnology and more.

This IDP is suitable if you have minimal business experience and little to no experience in project management. However, advanced topics align with guidelines from the Project Management Institute, offering knowledge appropriate for an intermediate to advanced project management student.

Prerequisite: Three years of an undergraduate degree completed; no work experience is necessary.

Start Your Application for Project Management program
How to Apply for Project Management program

Internships Available

IDP Scholarships

Fall 2019 Scholarships

We are excited to announce that 6 scholarships of $3,000 each are available, to be applied toward the Fall 2019 program fee. You must apply to one of the Fall 2019 programs at the same time you apply to the scholarship.

Application Deadline

Your online application and letter of recommendation must be received by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on Sunday, July 22, 2019. Convert this time to your time zone.


  • Current fourth-year undergraduate or graduate international students or working professionals
  • 3.0 Grade point average (GPA), or home country equivalent, in your undergraduate or graduate studies

How To Apply

Complete the online application where you will be asked the following questions:

  • Reason for Applying: In 250 words or less, briefly describe the reason you are applying for the scholarship.
  • Professional or Academic Letter of Recommendation:
    • Must be written by a professional or academic colleague, such as a supervisor, manager or recent professor.
    • Letter should speak to your abilities and personal and/or professional goals.
    • Letter-writer should email the letter directly to
    • Letter-writer should include your name and the word "recommendation" in the email subject line.
    • Letter-writer should include his or her professional or academic association with you in the body of the letter.
    • Letter should be in MS Word or PDF format.

Scholarship Recipient Requirements

If awarded an IDP scholarship, recipients are expected to:

  • Help maintain a public blog with photos and a minimum of five posts describing different aspects of the IDP program experience (classes, Berkeley life, etc.).
  • Post at least five IDP-related social media posts that include photos or video.
  • Submit IDP reviews and testimonials on at least two websites selected by IDP (for example, post a program review on the IDP Facebook page, etc.).
  • Call in and help answer prospective questions during live online information sessions hosted by UC Berkeley Extension, upon request.

If you have been awarded a scholarship, you will be notified within three weeks after the program application deadline. Additional details will be provided then.

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