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Guide to Preparing Your Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose allows us to better-assess whether or not you understand the program, your reasons for wanting to study at UC Berkeley and your flexibility to make adjustments if you don't always get your first choice of courses. We will use your Statement of Purpose to help us determine if the program is a good fit for you, as well as help us advise you on courses and campus opportunities that will help you achieve your goals once you arrive in Berkeley.

Please use the following guidelines when writing your essay:

  1. Length of essay: 800–1,000 words.
  2. Background: Briefly describe the course work or experience that you believe has best prepared you to succeed as a student at UC Berkeley. Please tell us about academic successes that may not be apparent from just reading your transcript.
  3. Anomalies: Please explain any anomalies in your academic transcript that you would like us to consider in reviewing your application (such as a failed course, one semester of a lowered GPA or a switch in your major concentration). If there is nothing unusual about your transcript, you do not need to include this section.
  4. Understanding of the program: Briefly explain your understanding of the program's requirements and the courses you will be eligible to apply for as a student, as well as restrictions on your enrollment. Please also state the name of the program you are applying to.
  5. Course preferences: Briefly describe the courses you hope to take in this program.
  6. Extracurricular interests: Briefly describe any other interests or activities you would like to engage in at UC Berkeley or in the Bay Area during your stay.

Guide to Preparing Your Financial Statement and Certification

The U.S. government requires you to demonstrate that sufficient financial resources will be available to you while studying in the United States. Your financial statement and certification must be in English and dated within 90 days of your application. See estimated minimum expenses. You may provide financial certification in one of two ways:

  • Complete the Financial Statement and Certification (PDF) of the application. If someone else is providing proof of financial support, please clearly indicate your relationship to this person and ensure he/she signs where indicated.
  • Submit an original bank statement (monthly account record). The original bank statement should show an excess of the total fees and estimated expenses as described in the Financial Statement and Certification form. The bank statement must be no older than 90 days from the date the application is submitted.

After you submit the online application:

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Your application will not be considered until you pay the $100 nonrefundable application fee.

If you are accepted into the program, please allow 10 days for your I-20 to be mailed. Once mailed, the date sent and tracking number will appear in the Notes below.