International Student Checklist

Before You Apply

After You Apply

  • Create your CalNet ID with the instructions you receive via email after application is processed (allow 2-3 days to receive email instructions).
  • Log in to CalCentral and enroll in full-time units and pay total amount due (look for “Tasks” list in CalCentral dashboard).
  • Apply for I-20 visa document (look for “VSIS Form” item on “Tasks” list in CalCentral dashboard).
  • Log in to CalCentral and follow instructions to upload your photo for UC Berkeley photo ID (Cal 1 Card) and accept the Clipper Card (your transit pass) agreement.
  • Receive your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) document.
  • Pay your SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Fee on the SEVIS fee processing website.
  • Make an appointment with a US Embassy or Consulate in your area to apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa stamp.

Before You Arrive at UC Berkeley

After You Arrive at UC Berkeley

Before You Leave UC Berkeley

  • Confirm the grading option for your courses in CalCentral.
  • Log in to CalCentral and pay any outstanding balance.
  • Visit the Berkeley International Office and speak to an adviser if you plan to travel after your program at UC Berkeley is finished or transfer to attend another U.S. institution.
  • You can order your official transcript only after the grades are assigned. For more information on how to order transcripts, please visit UC Berkeley’s Office of the Registrar website.