There is no doubt that this is an unprecedented, stressful time for students and families of students hoping to study abroad. Berkeley Study Abroad is committed to your well-being and we are here to support you. We will continue to update the resources provided here as information becomes available. Our advising staff is available to assist in navigating and connecting you to the resources you need as quickly as possible.
Last updated 7/13/2021 3:00 PM PT
Please note that the Berkeley Study Abroad office works with a variety of programs, and information regarding the availability of these programs is outlined below. Offerings and application requirements, processes, and deadlines for the 2021-22 cycle vary by program.
We encourage you to research each option and identify which one most closely aligns with your needs and goals. You are also welcome to set up an advising appointment to discuss your options.
Berkeley Global Internships & Berkeley Summer Abroad
Berkeley Global Internships programs will be offered virtually for Summer 2021.
Summer Abroad Barcelona will be offered virtually in Summer 2021.
University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges related to health concerns and international travel. On February 22nd, 2021, UCEAP announced the difficult decision to cancel all in-person Summer 2021 programs in all locations. Virtual Summer programs will continue as detailed on the UCEAP COVID-19 website.
Other Summer Opportunities
Review the Berkeley Summer Opportunities Resource Catalogue for a general overview of summer opportunities available to UC Berkeley students.
You may consider applying to programs hosted by other UC campuses. Some options include:
- - UC Davis Virtual Summer Programs
- - UC Davis Team4Tech Program
- - Omprakash Social Impact Internships and Widening Circles Program
UC Santa Cruz
UC San Diego
If the options above do not suit your needs, you may consider Independent Study Abroad as an option. Independent Study Abroad programs are offered at the purview of the provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program.
Will UCEAP study abroad programs be available for Fall 2021, Year 2021-2022, or Spring 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges related to health concerns and international travel. Select University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) programs are expected to proceed for Fall 2021 and the 2021-2022 Academic Year. UCEAP is continuously updating their website's Coronavirus Notice with up-to-date information on program cancellations and alternative offerings for the 2021-22 cycle.
The application deadlines for the Fall 2021, Year 2021-22, and Spring 2022 programs have passed.
What are my other options to study abroad?
Independent Study Abroad programs are offered at the purview of the provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program.
Should I still apply to study abroad given the uncertainties of COVID?
Applications are due months before a program begins, which means that if you would like to keep study abroad as an option for yourself, it may benefit you to consider applying.
We encourage all students to inform themselves of deadlines to withdraw from a program, the financial consequences for doing so before or after such deadlines, and any deposits or application fees before starting an application. For instance, UCEAP programs do not have an application fee and each program has a unique deadline to withdraw before financial penalties are incurred.
We encourage you to talk with your major and college advisers early on about how study abroad fits into your plan to graduation. You can read more about academic considerations and policies for receiving breadth and major credit while studying abroad in the academics section of our website. During these times of uncertainty, we also recommend that you discuss a backup plan with your academic advisor. This includes enrolling in Berkeley courses for Fall and Spring semester until a final decision has been made regarding a future study abroad program.
Passport Information (for US Passports)
The Department of State has reduced services due to COVID-19. At this time, they have now indicated that they are offering normal processing times for passports of up to 18 weeks and expedited processing times of up to 12 weeks weeks. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries are open and accepting passport applications. You are encouraged to apply by mail when possible because it is a safe, contactless option for certain services. In-person appointments are still reserved for those with travel for life and death emergencies within the next 72 hours or 3 business days. Please see the Passport Operations page for the most up to date information.
If your passport is currently valid, please check to ensure it will be valid through the duration required by your program to determine if you need to renew at this time. Applicants to the UCEAP program will see on the UCEAP application how long your passport must be valid after the end date of the program. If you have already applied for your passport, you can check your status of your passport application here.
Be sure to check the Department of State's Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 website for the latest guidance.