The University of California Berkeley is the dream institution for many international students aspiring to study in the US. However, getting into esteemed higher study institutes like UCB is not a child’s play. A total of 86,780 students applied for admissions (including full-time and part-time) at the University of California-Berkeley and 15.1% of them were offered admission, in the Fall intake of 2018.
The university aims to achieve academic excellence and cultural diversity. Besides the additional procedure, UCB admissions for international students are not a big deal if the prospective student meets the eligibility criteria adequately. UCB undergrads come from more than 100 countries across the world.
Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Statistics, Environmental Economics & Policy, Architecture, and Mechanical Engineering are among the popular programs among the international students at UCB.
|Application Portal||UG: My UC Application Portal|
PG: Varies with every school
|Application Fee for International Students||UG: 80 USD|
PG: 140 USD
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2018)||15.1%|
|Graduation Rate (2017-2018)||91%|
|Mode of Payment||Visa/Master Card Credit Card|
|SAT Score (middle 50%)||Reading & Writing 640-740;|
|ACT Score (middle 50%)||30-34|
|International Application Deadlines||UG: November 30, 2019|
PG: Varies with every course
|Intake Seasons||Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter|
|Interview Requirements||Required for MBA|
|Work Experience||Recommended for International MBA aspirants|
The UC portal offers a one-month application filling period for admission in the undergraduate programs to its campuses. Students are requested to submit their applications prior to the deadlines for them to be considered for admission. The University does not entertain late applications. Here are the undergraduate admission deadlines for the enrollment seasons:
|Semesters||Application Filling Periods|
|Fall Semester||Nov 1 to Nov 30|
|Winter Semester||July 1 to July 31|
|Spring Semester||July 1 to July 31|
Application deadlines for graduate programs vary with every major/course. Deadlines for popular courses among international students are given below:
Undergraduate admission process for International Students is two-fold. Along with the basic UBC admission requirements, international students should also keep in mind the following guidelines:
Admission in the graduate programs at UCB requires:
Admissions to all but three graduate programs at Berkeley require these prerequisites. However, Haas Business, Berkeley Law, and Optometry OD applicants should apply via their respected websites.
Program-wise specifications for graduate-level admission into diverse programs are tabulated as follows:
|Requirements||Full-Time MBA (Haas Business School)||J.D. Degree (Berkeley Law)||OD Program (School of Optometry)|
|Minimum Academic Requirements||Academic records showing a minimum of 16 years of schooling and higher education; Official Academic Records from each institution attended; TOEFL or IELTS if received a degree from non-english speaking country.||The equivalent of an American bachelor’s degree; No specific undergraduate major required; Qualification for admission to the bar- character fitness.||The equivalent of an American bachelor’s degree.|
|English Proficiency Test Score Requirements||TOEFL (iBT)- 90|
IELTS- a band score of 7.0 to 9.0
|TOEFL/ IELTS not compulsorily required||TOEFL/ IELTS not compulsorily required|
|Accepted Standardized Tests||GMAT||GMAT/GRE not required; LSAT is compulsory (median LSAT score - 168)||OAT/ PCAT/ MCAT/ GRE/ DAT|
|Essay||Required||A Personal Statement (ideally four pages); “Why Berkeley” essay (optional but recommended)||Three essays required|
|Letter of Recommendation||2 letters are required||2-4 letters are required||3 letters are required|
|Application Fee||200 USD||75 USD||180 USD for a school and 70 USD for each additional school; a Supplemental Fee of 66 USD|
Relative Importance of various academic factors in admission decisions:
|The rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
Relative importance of various non-academic factors in admission decisions:
|Alumni Relation||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
International students willing to study in the US are required to present their scores for TOEFL and/or IELTS to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are:
|TOEFL (Paper Based Test)||550 or better|
|TOEFL (Internet Based Test)||80 or above|
|IELTS||6.5 or better overall band score|
TOEFL scores can be sent to one UC campus, all other campuses will receive it from the main portal. For IELTS, the applicant must report her score to the specific campus applied to.
All UC international students are required to have a valid passport from their own country’s government and a visa issued by US authorities. Along with these, the applicant is also advised to carry her Certificate of Eligibility and proof of adequate financial support for studies and living expenses.
International applicants can apply for a student visa to study in the USA right after an application letter is issued. The applicant can apply for one of the following visas:
Students are required to visit the Berkeley International Office for matters pertaining to non-immigrant visas and other financial issues.
Admission at UC Berkeley is not a cakewalk, simply meeting the minimum eligibility criteria is not enough. The selection process takes into account extra-curricular activities and the applicant’s personality too. UC Berkeley is very competitive and its acceptance rate can range from 15% to 17%. The goal of such a holistic review is to identify students most likely to contribute to Berkeley’s intellectually vibrant environment and henceforth to the world.