International Student Checklist

Before You Apply

How to Apply

  • Applications open early February 2020.
  • In February 2020, visit the application page and follow the submission instructions. Documentations for English Proficiency Requirement and visa application are submitted after enrolling in classes. No documentation is needed for the application.
  • Once your application is processed, use the instructions you receive via email to create your UC Berkeley login (CalNet ID). Please allow 2-3 days to receive email instructions.
  • Log in to the student information system (CalCentral) and enroll in full-time units and pay the total amount due. (Tip: complete all items on the “Tasks” list in your CalCentral dashboard). Once you’ve paid for your classes, you are confirmed as a Summer Sessions student.

After You Apply

  • Apply for I-20 visa document (look for “VSIS Form” on the “Tasks” list in your CalCentral dashboard) and submit documentation for the English Proficiency Requirement.
  • Set up mail forwarding from your berkeley.edu account to an email address you check daily to ensure you do not miss important communication from UC Berkeley, such as notcies regarding housing, billing, or enrollment activity.
  • Log in to CalCentral and follow instructions to upload your photo for your UC Berkeley photo ID (Cal 1 Card) and accept the transit pass (Clipper Card) 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 an 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 before the grading option change deadline .
  • 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 another U.S. institution.
  • You can order your official transcript only after the grades are assigned. For more information, visit UC Berkeley’s Office of the Registrar website.
  • Your CalNet ID expires 120 days after all of a person's affiliations with campus end. Update your profile information in CalCentral, such as mailing address, and set up forwarding from your berkeley.edu account to an email address you check daily if you haven’t done so already.