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University of California (UC), Berkeley has been consistently ranked #1 among public universities in the US. UC Berkeley witnessed a fall in the acceptance rate, from 18% during the 2017 admissions to 16.9% for 2018 admissions. This in turn indicates that UC Berkeley has been selective in offering admissions to students.

  • Applications for both international UG students begin around the last week of November.
  • They usually receive a decision within 4 – 6 weeks, post submission of application.
  • UG students can apply through My UC Application Portal.
  • Deadlines, applications and, academic requirements vary for Graduate programs.
  • The admission session usually begins during the Fall/Spring season for most of the courses. But admissions can be during Summer season for the UCB Summer Session.


Application PortalUG: MY UC Application Portal PG: Varies with every school
Application FeeUG: 75 USD PG: 125 USD
Acceptance Rate17%
Graduation Rate91%
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard Credit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)1420 – 1480
ACT Score (middle 50%)33 – 34
International Application DeadlinesUG: November 30, 2018 PG: Varies with every course
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall, Summer, Spring, Winter
Interview RequirementsRequired for MBA
Work ExperienceRecommended- International MBA aspirants

UC Berkeley Admission Deadlines

Admission process at UC Berkeley begins during the Fall season. The following table shows the deadlines for international students for application submission:

UndergraduateNovember 30, 2018
LLM ApplicationsMay 13, 2019 June 4, 2019
MS ApplicationsDecember 17, 2018
MBA ApplicationsRound 1 – September 27, 2018
Round 2 – March 14, 2019
Round 3 – April 4, 2019
Transfer StudentsFall - November 1 to 30
Spring – July 1 to 31
Winter – October 1 to 31
Summer SessionJuly 5, 2019 - August 16, 2019

UC Berkeley Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admissions at UC Berkeley:

English TestMinimum Scores Required
IELTS Academic7.0

UC Berkeley International Undergraduate Admission

With around 200 majors at the undergraduate level, the international students can apply through MY UC Application, from the official website of the University of California, Berkeley. Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The average score requirement for admissions are:

  • ACT Reading/Writing Score: 24
  • SAT Reasoning Score: 560

Supporting Documents: Transcripts, secondary school report, essays, grades, SOP and LORs.

Selection Criteria: Academic achievements, initiative, motivation, special potential, essays, etc.

UC Berkeley International Graduate Admissions

At UC Berkeley, there are 14 graduate schools that offer more than 150 courses. Each course has different requirements and application process.

How to Apply: There are different portals to apply for the desired course. The applications are filed through the respective school’s website.

When to Apply: Deadlines vary with each course and school. Students are admitted in Fall, Spring and Summer seasons.

Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE/GMAT/LSAT (valid for 3 to 5 years) and English language test scores like TOEFL/IELTS are required.

Supporting Documents: Degrees, transcripts, translated transcripts if not in English, grading system, LORs, SOP, or objectives, etc. are basic requirements for each course.

Interviews: May be conducted, depending upon the course requirements.

UC Berkeley MBA Admissions

Application Portal: Apply online at Haas School of Business

Academic Requirements for International Students: GMAT/GRE

Supporting Documents: proof of 16 years of schooling, bachelor’s degree, LORs and official academic records from all institutions.

  • It is also recommended to have some professional or work experience.
  • There is also an interview on an invitation basis for applicants. Conducted by InitialView.

UC Berkeley MS Electrical Engineering Admission

Application Portal: Apply through UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions online portal

Application Fee: 125 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE, TOEFL/IELTS are required.

Supporting Documents: LORs, resume/CV, SOP, personal history statement

UC Berkeley LLM Admissions

Application Portal: Applications are accepted through LSAC

Application Fee: 80 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: LSAT/GRE, TOEFL/IELTS.

Supporting Documents: UG Law degree, LORs, professional experience, personal statement, non-academic achievements and resume/CV.

UC Berkeley Transfer Students Admission

At UC Berkeley, only those all-around students are selected for admissions who show excellent performance in academics. Since the university uses a Comprehensive Review which focuses on the overall application, rather than just one attribute.

How to Apply: Apply online via MY UC Application

Application Fee: 80 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Supporting Documents: Transcripts (translated if not in English), grades, essays and, academic records. LORs are not required.

Interviews: Recommended for applicants. Interviews are conducted by InitialView at a cost of 220 USD.

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Admission

With more than 600 study options and more than 3,000 international students, UC Berkeley admits only those international students who are either in high school or are UC Berkeley future aspirant.

How to Apply: Apply online through Berkeley Summer Session

Fee Structure

Summer Session Fee Structure
Per Unit Fee550 USD
Regular Fee450 USD
International Service Fee330 USD
Document Management Fee58 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit TOEFL/IELTS/iTEP scores.

Supporting Documents: Health insurance proof, for full-time enrollment an F-1 or a J-1 Visa, etc.

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