Enrollment Changes for International Students

For further details including instructions for how to make enrollment changes in CalCentral, please click on the title of the relevant section below.

Important Notice for International Students: Students are responsible for all of their enrollment decisions. For F-1 visa purposes, visiting international students with a summer I-20 from UC Berkeley are required to maintain full-time enrollment for the entire duration of their summer session(s). You can see the full-time requirements, as well as examples, at the International Office website. If for any reason you need to drop below full-time enrollment, please speak with an adviser at Berkeley International Office as soon as possible and before dropping any unit(s).

Scheduling Conflict

Time conflicts should be avoided and you should not expect instructors to accommodate time conflicts in your class schedule. When attempting to add classes with a time conflict, you may or may not be able to add them depending on each class’s attribute. If you are able to enroll in classes with a time conflict, you must resolve the time conflict by changing your schedule before instruction begins. Students are encouraged to use Swap function when being added to a waitlist for a class that conflicts with an enrolled class.

Adding Classes

If you wish to add or enroll in a class after instruction has begun, it is strongly recommended that you attend the class and speak with the instructor first. While the deadline to add/enroll in classes is two weeks after the start of a session, it is not a guarantee that you can successfully complete the coursework.

If you are enrolled in only one class and want to enroll in a different class, you must use the Swap function to switch to another class, or add the new class first then drop the class you no longer want. It is your responsibility to drop the other course. Please be aware of your session enrollment change deadlines before making any course changes.

Disclaimer: Although very few courses are canceled, Berkeley Summer Sessions reserves the right to cancel a course if there are not enough enrolled students in the course before the beginning of instruction. The sponsoring academic department may also cancel courses based on their internal criteria.

Waitlisted Classes

How Waitlist Works: Generally, classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once class enrollment reaches its limit, a waitlist is opened. Students on most waitlists are automatically enrolled in order as space becomes available. If you no longer want to be enrolled in a waitlisted class, you must drop the waitlisted class prior to the refund deadline to avoid being responsible for the tuition and fees. Waitlisted course units do not count towards the full-time enrollment requirement for international students.

Swapping Classes

The swap function can be used to drop one class and simultaneously add another. By swapping, rather than dropping then adding, you ensure you keep your original enrollment until your enrollment in the new class is confirmed. Because swapping is a combination of adding and dropping a course, deadlines and policies for both Add and Drop actions apply when using the swap function.

Dropping Classes

You are responsible for dropping any and all enrolled and/or waitlisted classes you do not wish to attend before the refund deadline to receive a refund or prevent being charged for the dropped class. Students are not automatically dropped from a class for failure to attend.

If you are dropping all classes in all sessions (you no longer want to attend Summer Sessions), see below for Dropping All Classes, Canceling and Withdrawing.

Dropping All Classes (Canceling and Withdrawing)

What is Cancellation: Cancellation means dropping all enrolled and/or waitlisted classes in all sessions before the cancellation deadline of your first session. You will be charged the Cancellation Fee and the International Service Fee may not be refundable.

What is Withdrawal: Withdrawal means dropping all enrolled and/or waitlisted classes in all sessions after the cancellation deadline of your first session. Tuition may be refunded if the classes are dropped before the refund deadline, but all other fees become non-refundable. Please see our Fees page for the list of fees. International students who cancel or withdraw after arriving in the U.S. will lose their legal status.

How to Cancel or Withdraw

Submit a Withdrawal Request through CalCentral to drop all classes in one session. Please note if you are enrolled in multiple sessions, you must submit one Withdrawal Request per session in order to drop all classes in all sessions.

If a student can no longer attend Summer Sessions and are only enrolled in waitlisted courses, an "Add a Withdrawal Request" needs to be submitted through CalCentral. If you made a mistake or changed your mind and need to re-enroll in classes, please contact Summer Sessions.

Changing Grading Options

You may change your initial grading option any time before the deadline to change grading option. After the session ends, it is no longer possible to change the grading option.

Available Grading Options

  • - Letter Grade (A,B,C,D,F)
  • - Passed/Not Passed (P/NP)
  • - Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)

Changing a Course's Unit Value

You may change the number of units in which you are enrolled for courses approved for variable units. Because increasing and decreasing a unit value equates to adding and dropping courses/units, deadlines and policies for both Add and Drop actions apply when changing a course's unit value.