Preparing for Your Trip to the U.S.

Housing Options

UC Berkeley Extension recommends several area housing providers, including private or shared apartments, dormitories and homestays. You are required to make housing arrangements directly with the recommended providers. Please do not send any housing payments to UC Berkeley Extension. We strongly suggest you apply early and arrange housing in advance of your arrival.

For more details, visit our housing information page.

When to Arrive in Berkeley

To adjust to the local time, you should plan to arrive three to five days before the start of your program. If you are not able to arrange housing before your program, you should arrive seven days before the start of your program and visit the International Student Administrative Services office. The earliest you can arrive in the United States is 30 days before the start of your program, per F-1 regulations.

Orientation

Your attendance at orientation is mandatory. The date and time for your orientation are included in your acceptance packet; failure to attend the orientation may result in the cancellation of your admission.

You will need to bring these documents with you to the orientation.

  • Your passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • Visa
  • Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
  • Form I-20

If you are unable to attend orientation, please contact your program advisor.

Managing Your Money

Read about options to access money while you are on a UC Berkeley Extension program.