International students are defined as "non-immigrant" visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes. A non-immigrant is someone who:
- intends to stay in the US temporarily
- does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status (a valid "green card")
- currently is in the US on a non-immigrant visa status (without a valid green card)
- applies for a visa to be allowed entry into the US
Most international students attending UC Berkeley Summer Sessions have an F-1 student visa. Other visa statuses (e.g., H4, L2) may permit study. Please review the Berkeley International Office Do You Need a Student Visa?" webpage to determine if you need visa documents from UC Berkeley.