International Student Services


The Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center (SLC) offers academic support services, free of charge, to registered Summer Sessions students. Study groups as well as drop-in and by-appointment tutoring services are offered for a wide variety of Summer Sessions courses. In addition, writing support is available for students with a paper assigned for any Summer Sessions course, including Reading & Composition courses. Study Strategies consultations for time management, reading, test-taking, and other general study strategies are also available to all students. The SLC is a community of 4,000 undergraduates, over 250 tutors and instructors, and 20 professional staff. The SLC is dedicated to fostering academic excellence and are driven by the philosophy that students working with students promotes academic and personal success. Visit the Student Learning Center website for more information.


Cal 1 Card

The Cal 1 Card is UC Berkeley's: (1) Official Photo ID Card, (2) Access Card to many campus benefits, such as key card access to residence halls, campus buildings and meal card access to Cal Dining locations, and (3) Debit Card to make purchases at a variety of on and off-campus vendors. See the Cal 1 Card website for more information. To add funds to your Cal 1 Card debit account and for more information, visit the Debit information page.


Money and Banking

When you first arrive in Berkeley you will need enough money for immediate expenses such as hotels, food, transportation, application fees, and housing costs. Do not bring large sums of cash! There are many safer options available. Berkeley has many ATMs for most major American banks; check with your bank in your country to see if they have a partnership with an American bank which may let you use their ATMs in the US with no additional fees. Also, debit cards and credit cards are widely accepted at stores and restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. See this page about money, banking, and taxes on the Berkeley International Office website for more information.


Campus Safety

Uniformed, radio-equipped and trained student employees of UCPD, Community Service Officers (CSO) provide a walking escort in conjunction with the Night Safety Shuttle to nearby residences, public transportation or parking facilities during the evening hours. The service is available to all and is proven to make a difference in your safety. See the UC Police Department website for more information.


WarnMe emergency alert service

WarnMe/Nixle is UC Berkeley's alerting and warning service for students, staff, and faculty. It is activated to contact you when there is an immediate threat to safety or health affecting the campus community. WarnMe/Nixle can alert you by email or text message. See the WarnMe website to sign up and to get more information.


California Alumni Association Membership

Join over 95,000 members already taking advantage of the programs and services offered by the California Alumni Association (CAA). Whether you are a Berkeley graduate or a visiting student, a CAA membership will enrich your life and save money in the process. See the California Alumni Association website for more information.


Transportation to Campus

Below are links to transportation options for getting from the airport to campus.


Housing Options Not Affiliated with UCB

As a service to students, the University provides information on alternative housing. These alternative housing options are not owned or operated by the University, and the University is neither endorsing nor recommending the alternative housing options.