Enrollment Changes for International Students

Enrollment changes are made in CalCentral.

You will not be dropped from a class for non-attendance therefore you could receive a failing grade if you do not attend. With a few exceptions, the only automatic enrollment transaction is a move from waitlist status to enrolled status. We expect students to drop courses they do not wish to attend. If you are not attending a class, you need to submit a "Drop" request through CalCentral. If you did not get added to a class for which you were waitlisted, you will need to submit a "Drop" request. Please read the section on Refunds to be sure you understand the financial consequences of your adds, drops and cancellation/withdrawal.

We strongly encourage you to speak with an adviser in the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office before adding or dropping a course.

Classroom Courses:

As an international student, you are also strongly encouraged to speak with an adviser in the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office before adding a course. This is to ensure that are still in compliance with your visa status.

If you wish to add or enroll in a course after the applicable session has begun, it is strongly recommended that you attend the course and speak to the instructor before you complete the enrollment process. While the deadline to add/enroll in courses is two weeks after the start of instruction, this is not a guarantee that you can successfully complete the coursework.

Online Courses

Late adds are not permitted for online courses.

Summer Sessions courses fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Once enrollment for a class reaches its limit or fills its assigned room, a "waitlist" is opened. This is a list of all students waiting to enter the class if a space becomes available. Students on most waitlists are automatically enrolled in order, as space becomes available. In some cases, the instructor's signature may be required to be enrolled from the waitlist.

As an international student, you are strongly encouraged to speak with an adviser in the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office before adding yourself to a waitlist. Waitlisted course units do not count towards the full-time requirement for US entry visa.

For billing purposes, waitlisted classes are treated as enrolled classes. You will be billed for them.

You are responsible for dropping any or all classes you do not wish to attend, including waitlisted classes. If you drop a class, you must do so before the deadline to receive a refund or to remove the fees from your bill. Students are not automatically dropped from a class for failure to attend (English N1A is the only exception).

You need to use a CalCentral to drop classes. But before you drop any class, we strongly encourage you to speak with an adviser in the Berkeley International Office first. This is to make sure that you will still be in compliance with your visa status.

Cancellation means you are dropping all classes in all sessions BEFORE your earliest session begins. Withdrawal means you are dropping all classes in all sessions AFTER your earliest session begins. International students who cancel or withdraw their registration after arriving in the US will lose their legal status. Please contact the Berkeley International Office before canceling or withdrawing your registration.

Click here to view the deadlines for canceling and withdrawing.

International students who are canceling their registration will receive a refund of all fees, minus a $100 Cancellation Fee, if a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) has not been processed at the time of cancellation. If a Certificate of Eligibility has already been processed the international student will receive a refund of all fees minus a $100 Cancellation Fee and the $300 International Service Fee.

International students who are withdrawing their registration will be charged the Withdrawal Processing Fee of $735. Refund for the course fees will be determined based on the deadline to receive a refund for each class.

You will select the grading option for each class when you enroll. You may change your initial grading option any time before the posted deadlines.

Available Grading Options

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

Letter Grade
This is the standard grading option. Letter-graded courses are generally acceptable for transfer credits at any other university.

Passed/Not Passed (For Undergraduate - "U 1")
Undergraduate students in good academic standing may take letter-graded courses on a Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) basis. A C- or better is considered passing.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (For Graduate or Visiting students with BA/BS or equivalent - "G1" and "G5")
Graduate students in good academic standing may take letter-graded courses on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. A B- or better is considered passing.

Most universities will not accept P/NP or S/U work for transfer credit. Please consult the appropriate office at your home campus or university before selecting this option.

If you cancel out of or withdraw from the summer term, then want to take classes in the same summer term, you must request to be reinstated first. Students often request reinstatement when they cancelled by mistake or have changed their minds after cancellation.

Under special circumstances, you may petition to make enrollment changes, such as add, drop, withdrawal or change of grading options, after the published deadlines. Request are made on CalCentral.