Summer Abroad is open to UC Berkeley students, students from other colleges and universities, international students, and adults with an interest in studying abroad. To be eligible, you must have completed at least one year of college by the start of the program and have at least a 2.0 GPA. You may not be on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at the time of application review. Please note, there may be additional requirements or prerequisites for the specific program you select; please check the location specific page for details. You may only apply to one Global Internships or Summer Abroad program per summer.
International students are eligible to participate in any program as long as you are able to obtain the necessary visa for your program country.
International students are eligible to participate in any program as long as you are able to obtain the necessary visa for your program country.
Applications are reviewed by Berkeley Study Abroad to ensure compliance with University policies and individual program requirements. Berkeley Study Abroad reserves the right to void the admission of any student who is discovered not to meet the above requirements after being admitted.
High school students are not eligible to apply.
Step One: Meet with an advisor to discuss which program is an appropriate fit for you (recommended).
Step Two: Submit an online application* along with a $400 non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward the total cost of the program. As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload the following:
- A copy of your most recent college transcript (official or unofficial)
- A 200-500 word essay focusing on why you chose your specific program and include details about your cross-cultural or international experiences to date
- Signed Student Agreement
- Signed Waiver of Liability
*Spring 2017 Graduating UC Berkeley Students: If you are a UC Berkeley student who is currently scheduled to graduate at the end of Spring 2017, you must apply as a visiting student. According to University policy, you will no longer be considered a UC Berkeley student for the Summer term once you have graduated. Please do not attempt to apply as a "Continuing UC Berkeley student", as this will have negative implications on access to your UC Berkeley accounts. As a visiting student you will be charged visiting student tuition and be ineligible for any UC Berkeley Financial Aid.
If you would like to be considered a UC Berkeley student for Summer 2017, please talk to your college advisor about switching from the 2017 Spring degree list to the 2017 Summer degree list PRIOR to continuing with this application. If you are eligible for aid, please also speak to Financial Aid about the financial implications of this decision.
UC Berkeley students: The non-refundable deposit of $400 will be charged to your CalCentral to pay your non-refundable $400 deposit. If you fail to make the $400 deposit within 48 hours of application submission, your application will be canceled.
Complete applications are due no later than March 10, 2017. All applications are reviewed by Berkeley Study Abroad in the order received. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by email no later than March 22, 2017.
If a program becomes full, a waitlist of all eligible applicants will be created in the order in which applications are received. Berkeley Study Abroad reserves sole discretion to manage program waitlists. If placed on a waitlist, you will be notified via email and must reply with your intention for one of the following:
- Remain on the waitlist – no further action required.
- Switch to another open program – It is your responsibility to assure that you meet all eligibility requirements for the program that you would like to switch into. Once you have confirmed this, please you must complete the Alternative Options Form which will be provided to you by program staff. If you decide to switch into an open program, you will forfeit your spot on the waitlist
- Withdraw your application from the waitlist – you must complete an Alternative Options Form and will receive a refund of your $400 deposit.
If an opening occurs in the program, the first student on the waitlist will be notified by email. If you receive an offer for a place in the program, you will have 24 hours to accept the offer. If you do not respond within 24 hours, you will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist and the next student on the list will be offered a spot instead. By accepting this offer, you agree to abide by all program policies and deadlines, including those relating to the refund of fees. If you cancel after the cancellation deadline, you will not receive a refund of the program fee.
Admission and Confirmation
Admitted students will receive a welcome packet including detailed program information no later than March 22, 2017. The packet will contain important documents that need to be signed, scanned, and submitted online, including a Student Agreement, a Waiver of Liability, a form showing proof of enrollment in health insurance, and other supplemental forms.
These forms must be signed and returned to program staff by 5 p.m. PST April 3, 2017. If you choose not to participate in the program, you must submit a Program Enrollment Form by the same deadline or program expenses will be incurred.
Incomplete or missing confirmation forms do not qualify as an official cancellation from Summer Abroad.
All Summer Abroad programs will accept electronic signatures on any document that requires a handwritten signature if it meets the following stated criteria:
- A document must be uploaded through the Berkeley Study Abroad application portal, which authenticates student identity and authorizes portal access via CalNet ID and passphrase ensuring the authenticity of the document signer.
- When a document is uploaded correctly to Berkeley Study Abroad application portal, the student's typed name in the designated space or a handwritten signature on a scanned document is considered sufficient.
Any questions regarding electronic signatures and document submission should be directed to program staff.
Program staff will enroll you into your Summer Abroad course(s) once you’re admitted into your program. You will not be able to enroll yourself in or make any changes to program courses, though you may check the status of your enrollment via CalCentral. If you would like to make changes to any courses, you must submit a Program Enrollment Change Form. Informing Berkeley Study Abroad staff is not sufficient by itself to effect a change to your program course(s). You are responsible for making any changes to non-program related courses through CalCentral.
Summer Abroad courses can be taken for a Passed/Not Passed grade instead of a Letter grade, but you will be enrolled on a Letter grade basis by default. If you wish to select the Passed/Not Passed option, you may make this change online through CalCentral by the deadline that corresponds to your program. Please check this deadline with program staff, as deadlines are different for each program. It is strongly advised that you consult with your academic advisor if you are unsure how the Passed/Not Passed option will impact major/minor or graduation requirements. Please note: any retroactive grade change requests will require college, department, and/or instructor approval. Regular Berkeley Summer Sessions’ policies apply.
Please note: any retroactive grade change requests will require college, department, and/or instructor approval. Regular Berkeley Summer Sessions’ policies apply.
All program courses are taken for UC Berkeley credit and will automatically appear on Berkeley transcripts. You are advised to consult with your academic advisor prior to applying for any program to confirm whether the course credits earned through participation will fulfill any major/minor or graduation requirements. For non-UC Berkeley students wishing to transfer their course credits, it is important to speak with an advisor at your home institution prior to applying to ensure that credit transfer is possible.
You are required to attend the program orientation and may be asked to attend other preparatory workshops conducted by program staff. If you are unable to attend for any reason, it is your responsibility to notify program staff to ensure that the information and materials covered during the orientation and workshops are received.
A valid passport is required to travel to all program destinations. When traveling overseas, your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least six months beyond your travel dates; otherwise, your passport should be renewed before the program starts. Passport renewal can be a lengthy process, so it is important to start the process as early as possible. UC Berkeley students may apply for a passport at the Recreational Sports Facility or downtown Berkeley post office.
An entry visa may be required for travel to the program location, depending on your citizenship and length of stay. Visa requirements can be obtained from the embassy or the consulate of that country. There may be different requirements for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. It is important to obtain information pertinent to your citizenship status and to begin this process as soon as possible to avoid delays. It is your responsibility to prepare any travel documents (i.e. passport, visa, etc.), pay any related fees, and complete the steps that are necessary to enter your program location(s). Berkeley Study Abroad is not responsible for ensuring that you have the appropriate visa or documentation. Inability to obtain the appropriate travel documentation to participate in the program may not be considered as a basis for a refund of program-related fees.
Please note: You must abide by all regulations outlined by the terms of your travel documentation or risk deportation and/or other legal ramifications from your program destination(s). In addition, you may also face dismissal from the program.
All program participants will also be required to have a functioning local phone number where you can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while on your program. This expense will be factored into the financial aid budget for students that qualify for aid. For those that do not, please keep this cost in mind when planning your budget.
Academic and Other Accommodations
You are encouraged to disclose any accommodations (physical, academic, etc.) you may need while abroad as early as possible. Berkeley Study Abroad will work with you through the interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations to the extent possible given the realities of the country to which you will be traveling and the time at which the accommodation request is made. It is recommended that you reach out to the program staff and to the Disabled Students Program as accommodations are determined by an individual assessment of each student.
You are required to use the program housing arranged by Berkeley Study Abroad for all locations outside of the U.S. You may not arrange your own housing or choose independent housing, unless you have extenuating circumstances and have secured written approval in advance from Berkeley Study Abroad. If you have extenuating circumstances and want to request a special exception to the Housing Policy, please contact the program staff. Providing Berkeley Study Abroad with advance notice of your need for alternative accommodations increases the likelihood that arrangements can be made but it is not guaranteed.
Housing arrangements are made for all programs, but only for the official program dates. This does not, however, include housing accommodations for the portion of some programs that take place on the UC Berkeley campus. Please see the website for your specific program for information regarding this. You are expected to stay in the official program housing for the full length of the program and must vacate the accommodations on the last official day of the program. If you intend to arrive earlier or stay later than the program dates, you must make your own housing arrangements and be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for these additional nights. Neither Berkeley Study Abroad staff, nor the program director or local staff can make special arrangements regarding a student's early arrival or late departure. Berkeley Study Abroad does not provide any warranties or guarantees for arrangements made outside of official program dates.
For those programs with shared accommodations, program participants will be assigned rooms randomly on a same-sex basis.. Due to the complexity of program logistics, including different types of accommodations and our work with partner organizations, we are unable to accommodate roommate requests. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing.
You must follow all housing rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. Please note, every set of program housing will have its unique set of rules that will need to be followed. Please check with your program coordinator for details. In addition, you will be responsible for paying for any damages, repairs, or replacements, if necessary, that occur in your unit.
Students with Dependents: If you are a student with dependents, you may submit a petition to waive out of program housing. All petitions are subject to review and decisions are final. We strongly suggest working with Berkeley Study Abroad staff as soon as possible.
Non-enrolled family members and others accompanying participants, faculty, or staff of Summer Abroad programs cannot be accommodated in program lodging, courses, or activities held in conjunction with the program. Program classes, excursions, guest lectures, dinners, receptions, program-provided transportation, and all other program-related activities and events are open only to those officially enrolled in the program. Berkeley Study Abroad will not provide support services or assume any responsibility for those not enrolled in the program.
For Summer Abroad programs, charges applied to your CalCentral account are as follows:
- Tuition: Tuition is based on a per unit cost. Each program has a specific number of units attached to the courses included. Per unit cost is different based on your status: UC undergraduate student rate, UC graduate student rate, or Visiting student rate for all non-UC participants.
- Program Fee: The program fee is specific to each program and can be found on the individual program pages.
- Other campus fees may be applied based on your student status.
The program fee varies from program to program. However, the following items are included in the program fees:
- Student housing
- On-site orientation program
- 24/7 program support
Please note that for Summer Abroad programs than have on-campus components, students are required to find their own housing arrangements. The fee for some programs may also include program-related meals, group transportation, guest lectures, etc.
In addition to the fees (program fee and tuition) applied to your CalCentral account, you will be responsible for additional expenses such as airline tickets and other out-of-pocket personal costs not covered by the program. The following items are universally excluded from the program fee for all Summer Abroad programs:
- International airfare
- Local transportation
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, daily individual transportation, emergency expenses, medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
- Course materials (textbooks and readers)
- Additional meals outside of the provided meals (if applicable)
For more information about what expenses are included in a specific program, contact program staff.
Once you are registered in your program courses, the corresponding charges will appear on your CalCentral account. Visiting students will be assigned an SID (student identification number) to access their. Payments may be submitted in several different ways, including:
- Credit card - please note, a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee applies to credit card payments
- Check - please be sure to indicate your Berkeley student identification number and the name of the program you are participating on in the notes section of the check
- You are denied admission by Berkeley Study Abroad because the selection criteria was not met (no refund will be issued if you did not complete the application by failing to submit all required documents and/or did not attend any required meetings)
- The program is cancelled by Berkeley Study Abroad and you choose not to switch to another open program
- The program is full and you choose not to switch to another open program or remain on the waitlist
- Summer 2017 refund appeals will not be accepted after September 22, 2017.
- Emergency Medical Evacuation
- Security Extraction
- Other Travel Assistance Services (when student traveler is 100+ miles from campus)
- Welcome orientation
- Welcome packet
- Pre-departure packet
- Berkeley Study Abroad staff
- Program Director
- Books on your destination country (recommended: the Culture Shock! series)
- U.S. Department of State, , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Embassy websites
For more information, please go to http://studentbilling.berkeley.edu/PaymentOptions.htm
For UC Berkeley students only:
In order to determine your financial aid eligibility for a Summer Abroad program, review the financial aid information for Summer Abroad and consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. When the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office calculates the amount of aid offered for participation in a program, they consider not only the tuition and program fee charges, but also any out-of-pocket expenses they anticipate students may incur during the program. The charges posted directly to the CalCentral account for the tuition and the program fee are different from the total expenses that may be incurred while abroad.
If you require financial aid to cover program costs, it is your responsibility to confirm your aid package in advance of any program deadlines. Inability to pay the program fee or tuition is not a valid reason to receive a refund of the fees associated with your program.
Financial aid eligibility during the summer is partially based on full time course enrollment. Cancelling from, or being dismissed from, a Summer Abroad program may have implications for your financial aid awards. Please check with Financial Aid Counselors to see how this may impact you.
For non-UC Berkeley students:
Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Dismissal from Program
Failure to uphold requirements set by the UC Berkeley Code of Conduct, Global Internships Student Agreement, program policies, and program staff may result in immediate dismissal from the program. In the event that a student is dismissed, he/she will be responsible for all program-related expenses as well as travel home. Program accommodations will need to be vacated within 24 hours of dismissal.
Please note: any violation of the Berkeley Code of Conduct occurring while participating on a Summer Abroad program may result in your dismissal from the program and you will also be reported to the UC Berkeley Center for Student Conduct which may lead to further sanctions as deemed appropriate by the University.
Withdrawal, Cancellation & Refund
To withdraw from any Summer Abroad program, a Program Enrollment Change Form must be submitted. Writing an email or talking to program staff is not considered an official request. Incomplete or missing confirmation forms do not qualify as an official cancellation from Summer Abroad.
The refund policy is as follows:
The $400 deposit is not refundable, except in exceptional cases under the following circumstances:
A refund of the program fee, minus the deposit, will be issued if you cancel by 5 p.m. PST April 3, 2017 If the request is received after 5 p.m. on the deadline, you will not be eligible for a refund of the program fee. If payment has not yet been made, you will owe the program fee.
A refund of tuition will be issued if you cancel by the Friday of the first week of class. For information about tuition refund policies and deadlines, visit http://summer.berkeley.edu/registration/refund.
Please note: if you have any outstanding debts to the University (including Fall or Spring fees, printing fees, Course Material Fees, library fines, emergency loans, etc.), any program-related refunds will be applied first to overdue fees. Any remaining amount will be refunded.
We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing your Summer Abroad program or Summer Sessions courses. If you need to drop or withdraw from your program after the April 3, 2017 deadline, there are procedures in place for requesting an appeal to the refund policy.
Please note that:
All refund appeals require a signed letter of explanation, supporting documentation and a completed PDF version of the online Program Enrollment Change Form (this form is not required if you have already dropped a course or withdrew from a program before submitting the refund appeal). You should state, as concisely and clearly as possible, the reason for this appeal. The appeal letter is limited to one page, and it must be written and signed by the student. The letter should also include your current email and postal address so that we can notify you of the decision on the appeal. All appeals will be carefully reviewed and considered by Berkeley Study Abroad staff.
NOTE: THE APPEAL DECISION IS FINAL. Therefore, it is essential to disclose all information, reasons for appeal, and all supporting documentation regarding your case in the initial appeal letter. Subsequent appeal letters providing new information, different reasons for appeal, or new supporting documentation are not eligible for review.
Required Documentation for the Most Common Appeals:
For a medical problem, we require verification of the severity of the condition (i.e. how the condition affects your ability to perform college-level coursework), not a detailed description of the condition itself. We require a letter, typed on official letterhead, from the physician or other personal healthcare provider, or the form used by the Tang Center at UC Berkeley. The letter must be signed and delivered/mailed in a sealed envelope. Emails or unsigned letters on plain stationery are not acceptable.
Death in the Family
We require a copy of death certificate (or verification of death from the hospital or attending physician), and the deceased's relation to the student.
You may submit your refund appeal in person to 1995 University Avenue, Suite 130 or mail to:
Summer Sessions & Study Abroad
RE: Summer Abroad Refund Appeal
1995 University Ave., Suite 130
Mail Code 1080
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704-7026
Berkeley Study Abroad reserves the right to cancel a program for any reason. In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, you will be notified and have the option of switching to another open program by completing an Alternative Options Form provided by program staff. If you decide not to participate in another program, a full refund of all unit fee(s) and program fee, including the $400 deposit, will be issued upon Berkeley Study Abroad's receipt of an Alternative Options Form.
Berkeley Study Abroad is not responsible for any costs incurred regarding air travel, housing or personal expenses.
It is your responsibility to make reservations and pay for all airline tickets, if needed. It is strongly advised that you do not purchase airfare until your participation in the program is confirmed. It is also advised that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.
When traveling out-of-state or to a foreign country to participate in off-campus activities sponsored and supervised by the University, registered students will be covered worldwide, 24 hours a day, for a wide variety of accidents and illnesses. This coverage is provided at no cost to students; however, you must register for the insurance in order to be covered. Program participants will receive registration instructions in your confirmation packet. This coverage includes:
To view the complete Travel Benefits Summary please visit: http://www.ucop.edu/risk-services/_files/travel/soc-benefit-summary-2016-2017.pdf.
Health and Wellness
Staying healthy while abroad enables you to make the most of your time there. Berkeley Study Abroad strongly encourages all students to speak with their primary care physician and mental healthcare providers about traveling to determine what you need to assure your physical and mental wellbeing while abroad.
Some countries may require certain vaccination or health clearances for visa or entry purposes. Participation in the program is contingent upon your obtaining the required visa. Failure to obtain a visa based on a failure to obtain necessary vaccinations is not a basis for a refund of program-related fees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detail vaccination requirements and other traveler's health information. The Tang Center also offers an International Travel Clinic that includes a personal travel consultation and immunizations.
Program and country information may not be immediately posted online by Berkeley Study Abroad. It is important that you actively research and ask appropriate questions to get the answers that you need. Essential information can be obtained from the following sources: