Timeline

August/September Arrival

UC Term UC Campus Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
Semester UCB
UCM
Fall Semester
(Middle of Aug-Middle of Dec)
Spring Semester
(Middle of Jan-Middle of May)
   
Quarter All other
UC campuses
  Fall Quarter
(Middle of Sep-Middle of Dec)
Winter Quarter Spring Quarter  

 

January Arrival

UC Term UC Campus Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Semester UCB
UCM
Spring Semester
(Middle of Jan-Middle of May)
    Fall Semester
(Middle of Aug-Middle of Dec)
Quarter All other
UC campuses
Winter Quarter Spring Quarter     Fall Quarter
(Middle of Sep-Middle of Dec)

 

One full academic year includes 30 weeks of instruction:

  • Three quarters or
  • Two semesters (UC Berkeley (UCB) and UC Merced (UCM))

A quarter is 10 weeks of instruction:

  • Fall quarter (mid-September-mid-December)
  • Winter quarter (January-mid-March)
  • Spring quarter (April-mid-June)

A semester is 15 weeks of instruction (UCB and UCM only):

  • Fall semester (mid-August-mid-December)
  • Spring semester (mid-January-mid-May)
June – December Register for English as a Second Language (ESL) tests
November Application period begins for undergraduates
November – April Application period for graduates begins; See department specific deadlines.
February 1 Deadline for undergraduate application
February – May Notification of campus placement
March – May Prepare for study abroad: Explore your host UC; Meet UC students from your host campus; Research the visa application process in your location.
April – June Submit financial documents and request your DS-2019
May – August Enroll in courses
July Finalize your arrival plans (housing, enrollment, visa, flights)
Late August Fall semester begins at semester campuses
Late September Fall quarter begins at quarter campuses
Mid-December Fall term ends
Mid-May Academic year ends at semester campuses
Mid-June Academic year ends at quarter campuses
January – June Register for English as a Second Language (ESL) tests
August 1 Deadline for undergraduate application
August – September Notification of campus placement
September – October Prepare for your study abroad: Explore your host UC; Meet UC students from your host campus; Research the visa application process in your location.
September – October Submit financial documents and request your DS-2019
October – December Enroll in courses
November Finalize your arrival plans (housing, enrollment, visa, flights)
Early January Winter quarter begins at quarter campuses
Mid-January Spring semester begins at semester campuses
Mid-May Academic year ends at semester campuses
Mid-June Academic year ends at quarter campuses
June – December Register for English as a Second Language (ESL) tests.
February Deadline for application and submission of financial documents to request your I-20
February – March Reserve your housing. Research the visa application process in your location.
April – May Finalize your arrival plans (housing, enrollment, visa, flights)
May – August Summer term
Six months prior Register for English as a Second Language (ESL) tests
Five months prior Secure an invitation from your UC mentor
Four months prior Deadline for application and submission of financial documents to request your DS-2019. Research the visa application process in your location.
Three months prior Apply for your visa
Two months prior Finalize your arrival plans (housing, enrollment, visa, flights)