International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA



Institution Profile

The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.

UC Berkeley's ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields, according to the most recent National Research Council study. In the study, 35 of Berkeley's 36 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 in their fields in terms of faculty competence and achievement. The national and international awards held by faculty underscore Berkeley's pre-eminence.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Mid August to Mid December
Semester 2: Mid January to End May

Medium of Instruction for Classes


  • College of Chemistry
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • Haas School of Business
  • Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Information
  • School of Law
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Welfare
SEP Application
Restrictions for Exchange Students

Information Management, Journalism and Law courses in all UC campuses are not available to exchange students.

In general, limited engineering, business/management, legal studies and architecture courses are available.

Some majors (fields of study) are not open to Exchange students or have restrictions on enrollment.

Please refer to the Other Links section for relevant links to course information.  

NUS Application Deadline

Please check with SEP Administrator in the Dean’s Office for actual dates.

Housing Options


There are a variety of environments to choose from, including traditional high-rise buildings, single gender residence halls, suite environments, Substance-Free Environment Hall, theme programme floors, disabled student housing, and a Transfer and Upper-division student hall


Cal Rentals ( is an office offering housing listings (ads) and practical advice for UC students seeking housing in the community. For a charge of $30 per month students can access room/apartment listings via the Internet.

UCB Faculty Wives is a volunteer group that advises students in their search for housing in the Berkeley area. Assistance is available on a "drop in" basis (come to talk a volunteer at their table in the I-House).

Address: International-House Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley CA 94720-2321

Visa & Insurance
Consular/Visa Regulations

All nonimmigrant visitors are required to have a valid visa in their passports to be allowed entry into the U.S.* You may need to make an appointment for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad to get your visa. Visas cannot be obtained within the U.S. For general information about getting a visa, see the Department of State web site
Getting an F-1 or J-1 entry visa involves three main steps:

  • Obtaining an I-20 (F-1) or DS 2019 (J-1) from UC Berkeley
  • Paying a SEVIS fee if applicable
  • Making a visa appointment and going for an interview at a US consulate

Please refer to the Other Links Section for the relevant links to the visa information

Health/Medical Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan unless they complete a waiver form that provides proof of equivalent coverage, and it is approved. For more information regarding the University’s SHIP, please visit

Please refer to the Other Links Section for the relevant links to the university’s insurance policies.  

Cost of Living
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

See ‘Money Matters’ section at:

Please refer to the Other Links Section for the relevant links to the estimated costs of living.

Additional Information
Useful Links
More Questions?

Module Mapping, Course Selections & Application

Please check with your SEP Administrator/Coordinator in the Dean's Office.