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UC Berkeley Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information
UCEAP Reciprocity Information:

Berkeley Study Abroad
160 Stephens Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2302
Phone: (510) 642-5820
Contact: Scott McElhinney
UCEAP Reciprocity Students at Berkeley Follow UCEAP on Facebook
(you must have a UCB student e-mail address to join)

Visa & Immigration Information:

Berkeley International Office
International House
2299 Piedmont Ave.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2321
Phone: (510) 642-2818
New Student Welcome Information
Information for UCEAP Students


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Finding Housing (BIO)
Explore a wide range of resources for new international students arriving at UCB.

Housing is not guaranteed. The standard rental agreement for some housing options is nine months (or until the end of the academic year for students arriving in spring). Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee.


International House (UC Affiliated)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students

IMPORTANT: When registering for I-House, at the "University role" box, select "EAP-Graduate" or "EAP-Undergraduate".

When asked to provide a letter of acceptance, submit a copy of your "RECIPROCAL EXCHANGES APPLICATION STATUS CONFIRMATION" (you will receive this from your home university international office).

International House is independent and is not UC Housing.  Do not sign a contract for both I-House and UC Housing.

Application Period: Opens on October 19, 2018. Apply as soon as your acceptance is confirmed.

Residence Halls and University Apartments (UC Housing)

Undergraduate Students:Residence Halls/Apartments

Notes: Students admitted as undergraduate students, select "transfer-level" housing.Consider giving priority to apartment living when ranking your choices.

Application Deadline:  Apply as soon as you create your CalNet ID and passphrase.

Even if the deadline has passed, there still may be places available in campus housing. E-mail the assignments office if you are interested in applying for housing after the announced deadline. For the best chance of placement, include "any room type, any location" in your list of housing preferences.

Few singles are available. More mature students may wish to apply for continuing, upper-division, and transfer housing options.

I-House and the Berkeley Student Cooperative are independent from UC Housing. Do not sign a contract with more than one housing provider.

University Apartments (UC Housing)

Graduate Students only

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as you create your CalNet ID and passphrase.

Student Housing Cooperatives (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students

Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC)
Application FAQs

Priority Status: UCEAP students are given priority placement on the wait list.

Application Deadline: No deadline but early application is encouraged. Students are added to the waiting list and placed as space becomes available. 

The Berkeley Student Cooperative is independent and is not UC Housing.   Do not sign a contract with both the BSC and UC Housing.

Identify yourself as a UCEAP Reciprocity student to benefit from priority status on the placement wait list. 

Featured Housing option: Cloyne Court - substance-free academic theme house.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students

Cal Rentals
Contact Cal Rentals for advising and a personalized listing of off-campus housing.  

Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive?: No later than to be announced; No earlier than December 16, 2018.

You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019). Students who do not have pre-arranged housing should arrive as early as possible.
Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019):  January 15, 2019

Golden Bear Orientation 
(Undergraduates Only)

Date​: January 17 - 20, 2019
Program information
Fee: $320
Golden Bear Prep
Dates: December 1, 2018 - January 11, 2019

Berkeley International Office (BIO)

Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced


As soon as you arrive, follow instructions to update your physical address and to upload your I-94 arrival record.

iStart 101 for International Students
(Graduates only)
Complete the online orientation course and short quizzes to prepare for your studies at Cal. Contact BIO if you do not receive an invitation by email. Completion of iStart is a required part of the document check.

BIO Informational and Social Events
Take advantage of the tours (campus, library, best coffee, best ice cream, botanical gardens, shopping tips, and more). Get involved with physical activities through Cal Recreation, hike to the Big C and even take a workshop on one of Cal’s favorite sports “American Football 101”.

iSTART Cal Edition
Get the App!    

Move-In Dates

Residence Hall Move-In: January 17, 2019
I-House Move-In: January 16, 2019
Co-Op Move-In: January 18, 2019 (To arrange an earlier date, check with your manager.)

Temporary Accommodation (Non-UC Housing)

Ground Transport to Campus

Costs and times are subject to change.
Course Enrollment

Department Links
Schedule of Classes - See also the Open and Suggested Courses
Course Catalog
Academic Calendar
Enrollment Calendar
Enrollment FAQ

New Student Phase I: Begins November 12, 2018
See your appointment dates and times on CalCentral's "My Academics" dashboard.

After your appointment time begins, you may enroll in courses through January 6, 2019.
All times are California time. You must convert the listed times to your local time zone

Enrollment limit is 17.5 semester units in Phase I.  (This includes waitlisted units.)

Adjustment Period: January 7 - February 13, 2019
Enrollment limit to the college maximum (19.5 or 20.5) is allowed but not recommended.

Prerequisite Clearance Request Form 

De-Cal: Democratic Education at Cal  De-Cal facilitates student initiated courses in cooperation with UC Berkeley faculty to broaden the education and university experience of all Cal students. Courses often address current or popular subjects of interest to international students. 1-2 units credit per class. Students are limited to 4 units of independent study per term, including De-Cal courses.

Undergraduate Students 

About ID Numbers at Cal 

Students must have a CalNet ID and PassPhrase to enroll. You will use the ID to create your CalNet ID and passphrase.

Student Identification number (ID) = 10-digit number that is assigned by UCB to every new student.  This ID is used by UC as your unique identifying number.

CalNet ID =   your online identity at UC Berkeley. It does not have to be a number and will be your campus email address when combined with 

PassPhrase = a secret phrase that you create that must be used together with your CalNet ID in order to access secure campus websites. You create your passphrase at the same time that you create your CalNet ID.

Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

CalCentral: Log-in to access your dashboard.

Fee Payment: View all financial information on your student account. You are responsible for checking your account regularly and paying any fees that apply. 

Golden Bear Orientation: $320 fee will automatically be added to your account and covers all activities in this comprehensive week-long orientation.

Document Management Fee: $58 one-time fee eliminates charges for individual documentary requests and provides students with unlimited transcripts, incomplete petitions, verifications of enrollment and more.

Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each semester. See Health Insurance & Services information below.

Billing Questions contact:
Cal Student Central, 120 Sproul Hall
Phone: (510) 664-9181

Academic Resources
Academic Support Services
Academic support for non-native English speakers is offered at the Student Learning Center.
De-Cal: Democratic Education at Cal
The De-Cal program facilitates student initiated courses in cooperation with UC Berkeley faculty to broaden the education and university experience of all Cal students. Courses often address current or popular subjects of interest to international students. 1-2 units credit per class. Students are limited to 4 units of independent study per term, including De-Cal courses.
Health Insurance & Services
2018-19 costs and information are listed below.
Requirement: 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.
Cost: $1,497 per semester (undergraduates); $2,373 per semester (graduates)
Billing: Each semester

Payment Deadline

Fall: August 17 or as soon as you arrive on campus 
Spring: January 11 or as soon as you arrive on campus
Effective Dates:
Fall Semester: August 1 - December 31, 2018
Spring Semester: January 1 - July 31, 2019
* If you are a registered student during spring quarter or semester, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.
Health Requirements and Recommendations
Immunizations and TB Screening
Fall: July 31, 2018
Spring: December 31, 2018

Enrollment Hold

Fall: October 1, 2018 (impacts spring 2019 enrollment)
Spring: March 5, 2018 (impacts summer/fall 2019 enrollment)

Fall Semester: July 15, 2018
Waiver application $75 late fee will apply July 16 - July 31, 2018

Spring Semester: January 1, 2019
Waiver application $75 late fee will apply: January 2 - January 15, 2019
Note: Recipients of a waiver in the fall do not need to re-apply​ for spring.
Coverage and waiver questions contact:
UC Berkeley Student Health Insurance Office
Phone: (510) 642-5700