Before you Arrive at UC Berkeley 

2023- 2024

UCEAP Reciprocity Information

Berkeley Global Reciprocity Student advisor
Contact your advisor: Michelle Gurlin

Visa & Immigration Information

Berkeley International Office (BIO)
2150 Shattuck Ave. Suite 500
Contact BIO
International Student Resources
Reciprocity Student Resources

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  • Housing is not guaranteed.
  • A campus housing rental agreement lasts through the end of the academic year (June). If you leave your housing before the end of the agreement, you may be subject to a cancellation fee. Rental agreements in the community may last through August 31, and may not allow for cancellation.  Check all terms and conditions before making a commitment.
  • If you apply for more than one housing option, accept only one. You will be financially responsible for all agreements you accept.

BIO Resources

Find Housing through the Berkeley International Office (BIO). Explore a wide range of resources for new international students arriving at UC Berkeley. 

International House (UC Affiliated Housing)



Application notes: For "University role" select "EAP Undergraduate"; Print and submit a copy of your UCEAP letter from the dashboard in your account.

Residence Halls and University Apartments (UC Housing)


Explore Campus Housing
Contact Campus Housing

Application Deadline
Fall: June 2, 2023; Apply as soon as you create your CalNet ID and passphrase. 
Spring: October 1, 2023; Apply as soon as you create your CalNet ID and passphrase.
Undergraduates, select "transfer-level" housing.

Consider giving priority to apartment living when ranking your choices. Improve your housing application success by choosing "any room type, any location" in your list of housing preferences. Few singles are available.

Student Housing Cooperatives (UC Affiliated Housing)


Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC)
Explore BSC
Before you apply
Contact BSC

Application Deadline: No deadline but early application is encouraged.
  • You will be added to the waiting list when you pay the $25 registration fee and create an application.  You will receive an offer as space becomes available. 
  • Identify yourself as a UCEAP Reciprocity student to benefit from priority status on the wait list. 

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

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)


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


We strongly urge you to purchase airline tickets AFTER you have obtained your visa and confirmed travel conditions to the US from your home country. When you do purchase a ticket, purchase a refundable/changeable ticket.

When should I arrive?  

No later than

  • Fall:  August 15, 2023
  • Spring: To be announced

No earlier than

  • Fall: July 17, 2023
  • Spring: December 10, 2023

Arrive no more than 30 days prior to the date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019).

Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)

  • Fall: August 16, 2023
  • Spring: January 9, 2024

Golden Bear   

(Undergraduates Only)

Golden Bear arrival orientation

  • Fall: August 16 to 21, 2023
  • Spring: January 11 to 14, 2024

Golden Bear Prep online orientation and EverFi Safe and Inclusive Campus training

  • Fall: July 18 to August 11, 2023
  • Spring: December 5 to January 7, 2023

Fee: $320 (subject to change)

Berkeley International Office (BIO)

Orientation  (Virtual)


  • Fall:
    • Date: August 9, 2023  
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Register
  • Spring: January- To be announced

Document Check
Follow instructions to update your address and to upload your I-94 arrival record. 
Deadline: Prior to the first day of class

Welcome Day (In-person)


  • Fall:
    • Date: August 16, 2023  
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Dwinelle 155/145 and Dwinelle Plaza
  • Spring: January- To be announced

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. 
Deadline: Completion of iStart is a required part of the document check.

BIO Informational and Social Events

Take advantage of BIO events (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 for your phone!

Move-In Dates

Residence Hall Move-In

I-House Move-In 

Co-Op Move-In: Day prior to the start of contract; To arrange an earlier date, check with your manager.

Temporary Accommodation (Non-UC Housing)

Ground Transport to Campus

Enrollment Resources

About ID Numbers at UC Berkeley 

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

  • 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.
  • 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 2-step verification keeps your information safe.

Registering for Classes

Undergraduate Students


Fall: July -To be announced (9 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. PST); All times are California time. Confirm your local time.
Spring: November- To be announced (9 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. PST); All times are California time. Confirm your local time.

  • See your appointment dates and times on CalCentral's "My Academics" dashboard.
  • Enrollment limit is 17.5 semester units. This includes waitlisted units.

Adjustment Period

  • Fall: August -To be announced  (9:00 a.m. PST) through the add/drop deadline (11:59 p.m. PST)
  • Spring: January- To be announced (9:00 a.m. PST) through the add/drop deadline (11:59 p.m. PST)

Enrollment in 19.5-20.5 units is allowed (see the enrollment maximum for your college), but enrollment in more than 17-18 units is not recommended. 

Include information regarding your academic preparation for any course prerequisites using the prerequisite clearance request form. Be prepared to provide your transcript and English translations of course syllabi from your home university.

Enrollment Resources

Graduate Students

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

Student Account

Check your account regularly to pay your fees and avoid late fees.  

  • Golden Bear Orientation: $320 fee (subject to change) will be added to your account and covers all activities in this comprehensive week-long orientation.
  • IREF (Instructional Resilience and Enhancement fee) materials fee: $106 each semester
  • Document Management fee: $68 (subject to change) one-time fee eliminates charges for individual document requests and provides students with unlimited transcripts, petitions, verifications of enrollment and more.
  • UCSA (UC Student Association) fee: $7 ($3.50 each semester); this fee is not mandatory, and you may opt-out (choose to not participate) before the deadline.
    • Opt-out deadline: prior to the end of week five of the term 
  • Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each semester. See Health Insurance & Services information below.
Billing Questions Contact
120 Sproul Hall
Phone: +1510 664 9181

2023-2024 costs and information are listed below. 

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

You will automatically be enrolled in your host university health insurance plan. No action is required.

Insurance information

  • Undergraduates: $1,984 each semester
  • Graduates: $3,186 each semester
Payment Deadlines
  • Friday prior to the start of instruction
    • Fall: August 18, 2023
    • Spring: January 12, 2024
Effective Dates
  • Fall: August 1 - December 31, 2023
  • Spring: January 1 - July 31, 2024

* If you are a registered student during spring quarter or semester, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.

Immunizations and TB Screening

COVID-19 - Complete as soon as possible. You will have an enrollment hold until you clear this requirement. 

Immunization requirements

Deadlines (TB and Non-COVID Immunizations)

  • Fall: July 31, 2023
  • Spring: December 31, 2023
  • A late fee will apply for submissions after the deadline.
    *The customer Service Center will be closed during the end of year holiday break.

Waiving SHIP

To waive SHIP, you must apply for waiver by submitting documentation of comparable health insurance. Waiver must be approved by your host UC.

Waiver Deadlines
  • Fall: May 1 to July 17, 2023
    • Waiver application $75 late fee will apply July 18 - August 15, 2023; No applications will be accepted after August 15.
  • Spring: January 1, 2024 (to be determined)
    • Waiver application $75 late fee will apply after January 1. No applications will be accepted after January 15.

NOTE: Recipients of a waiver in the fall do not need to re-apply for spring.


Contact UC Berkeley SHIP
Phone: +1510 642 5700