Earn credits toward your degree and experience San Francisco and the Silicon Valley—yes, please!

Take advantage of this immersive undergraduate experience at a consistently top-ranked global research university. Whether you want to study for a semester or a full academic year, you can experience a study-away, life-changing experience without leaving the U.S.

In addition to learning alongside UC Berkeley students, you'll also be taking classes with international students coming from all over the world—creating a truly global learning environment! Explore the diverse cosmopolitan San Francisco Bay Area, home to leading tech startups, classic cable cars, moderate weather and breathtaking ocean views.

Berkeley Accessibility


Incoming first-years are first-generation students

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Students transferring from another institution, often a community college

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Imagine Yourself Studying in Berkeley

Student Shageldi Ovezov

"Even though I had software engineering experience before, I never received formal education in the field until I came to Berkeley. Currently, I am teaching a student-led software engineering course at Berea using the knowledge gained in my Berkeley CS courses.

Beyond the classroom: "I explored San Francisco a lot. I got to see the Golden Gate Bridge and the California Academy of Sciences, and experience roller blading (one of my hobbies) at the Church of 8 Wheels, among many other things."

—Shageldi Ovezov, Computer Science and Mathematics Major
Senior at Berea College (Kentucky)

Renowned Academics Fit Your Goals

Choose from thousands of courses—either those you can't find at your home university or those that will provide transfer credit toward earning your degree.

During your semester or year-long experience, you'll take courses on the beautiful Berkeley campus. Each semester, you can enroll in a variety of UC Berkeley classes for a minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 18 units total of credit-bearing courses. Research opportunities are also available!

Take courses in your major with other Berkeley students in popular subject areas such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Biology

Small Class Sizes

71% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students.

Find Courses that Transfer

Explore our database to find out which Berkeley courses could transfer to your home institution. This search tool allows you to find past classes that have transferred to students' home institutions in the past*.

*This data is based on records of student transcript requests to home institutions. UC Berkeley cannot guarantee transfer of credit to any other college or university. We recommend consulting with your college adviser before enrolling, as transfer and articulation of course credit is always up to the receiving institution.

Join a Diverse Academic Community

Students in Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley Campus

Study alongside other UC Berkeley and international students—build your community of global friendships.

Meet fellow students from all over the U.S. and from around the world!


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Make new friends: During your program, you will become part of a valuable academic community—participate in study groups to prepare for exams and use the expertise of your fellow classmates to get feedback about class assignments. Other students are also a good source of advice and recommendations on local activities and making the most out of your time in Berkeley.

Being a Cal Bear From Day One

Outside of the classroom, join numerous activities being held on campus every day:

1,200 Student Clubs and Organizations: Join a pre-professional group. Or take part in one of our unique clubs, such as Hackers@Berkeley and Skateboarding Crew of Berkeley.

Museums, Film Archives and Concerts: Hosting famous musicians, artists and speakers is a daily occurrence at Berkeley.

34 Club Sports and Endless Intramural Teams: Join an intramural group, work out in one of four state-of-the-art recreational centers or enjoy off-campus sports like snowboarding or surfing.

Focus on Your Future: Career Development and Coaching Course

In this 1–unit class, you will get a step ahead in your future plans by identifying your strengths, building your emotional intelligence and applying them in a professional setting through tangible skill building. Take advantage of coaching, workshops, guest speakers and career panels.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the Bay Area and Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem through exposure to industry experts
  • Be a more effective verbal, nonverbal and written communicator
  • Grow your cross-cultural competencies
  • Acquire personal branding skills, including crafting a résumé and cover letter, networking and interviewing

Meet Spring 2022 career coach, Jennifer Davis:

“BGA students are innovative, curious and focused emerging leaders! Individual coaching sessions support these amazing students as they explore their career paths and learn to apply essential skills, presented throughout the semester. It is a pleasure to learn alongside these remarkable individuals and to partner with them in imagining and preparing for their exciting futures.”
Career Coach Jennifer Davis

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