New Programs at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system and is ranked as one of the world's leading research universities and the top public university in the United States.



The University of California, Berkeley, Extension is a branch of UC Berkeley and offers international students short-term study abroad programs for academic credit as well as professional certificates.


University of California in Berkeley, USA popularly known as UC Berkeley which celebrated its 150th anniversary recently is the most distinguished public university in the history of higher education. Berkeley is a place where the brainiest minds from across the world come together to explore, enquire, research and improve the world.


With a vision to open up opportunities galore for brilliant young minds the university is offering several new programs for high school students, recent high school graduates,undergraduate- or graduate-level students as well as working professionals.


Let's take a look at the various new program offers.



Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program

This program is especially for the high school students and recent high school graduates who're aiming to pursue their further education in US. They can experience life in Berkeley while taking university-level courses, benefit from the opportunity to improve their English and prepare to apply to U.S universities.

  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL: 80 (iBT) or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 6.5 (check for the full list of acceptable exams from UC's website)
  • Program Length: 6-8 weeks
  • Start Dates: June and July

College Foundations Program(For college preparation)

Students who have recently completed high school can take part in these Foundation Programs which extend over a semester or full year. The focus of the program is on exam preparation and college admissions advising while taking university-level coursework. Those who enrol can build English skills and become familiar with typical U.S. university classroom discussions and assignments.

  • Academics: High school diploma
  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL: 80 (iBT) or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 6.5
  • Program Duration: 4-8 months
  • Start Dates: January and August

Programs for Undergraduate or Graduate-Level Students


Berkeley Global Access Program (BGA Discover - all majors)

This is a Semester or yearlong program allowing undergraduate and graduate students to take UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension courses. You can explore a variety of courses based on your academic interests. The best part of the program is that the academic credit can transfer back to the home university.

  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL: 90 (iBT) or, IELTS
  • Academic Format: 6.5 or TOEIC: 800+
  • Program Length: 1-2 semesters (4-8 months)
  • Start Dates: January and August

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program(business/entrepreneurship)

Take the advantage of a semester or yearlong entrepreneurship program for undergraduate or graduate students focusing on business topics. The courses are taken at the top-ranked public business school in the U.S. Participants also gain exposure to Silicon Valley companies and may participate in internships and apply for OPT work visas after the program ends.

  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL: 90 or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 7 or TOEIC: 800
  • Program Length: 1-2 semesters (4-8 months)
  • Start Dates: January and August

Berkeley Law Global Access Program(legal studies)

This is a single-semester program with courses at the top-ranked law school on the fundamentals of U.S. law, entrepreneurship, and legal change to intellectual property law, international law and business law. You have the best opportunity to study with an elite group of students and learn in a vibrant, experimental environment. You'll learn from highly experienced professors of law and take advantage of their years of exposure.

  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL: 90 or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 7
  • Program Length: 1 semester (4 months)
  • Start Dates: January or August

College of Environmental Design Global Access Program(architecture)

This is a Semester or yearlong program for undergraduate or graduate students focusing on architecture, city planning/urban studies, and landscape architecture. Architecture Program is ranked #4 in the world by QS Ranking. Best scope to learn in radically new ways.

  • Requirements: TOEFL: 90 or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 7
  • Program Length: 1-2 semesters (4-8 months)
  • Start Dates: January and August

Programs for Undergraduates, Graduate-level Students and Working Professionals


International Diploma Programs (business certificates)

Intensive 4-12-month certificate programs focused on business topics open to 4th year undergraduate or graduate students and working professionals. Gives you options to participate in internships at U.S. companies and apply for OPT work visas after the program ends.

  • Requirements: TOEFL: 79 or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 6.5
  • Program Length: 4-12 months
  • Start Dates: January, August, May

Evening Certificate Programs (certificates, various subjects)

Exclusive evening courses for adults who have completed their undergraduate degree, taken alongside U.S. professionals. You have multiple options in a broad range of career-focused fields such as graphic design, human resource management, etc.

  • Requirements: Undergraduate degree
  • TOEFL: 79 or IELTS
  • Academic Format: 6.5
  • Program Length: 9 months- 1 year. One certificate takes 3 years to complete.
  • Start Dates: January and September

Check for the full list of acceptable exams from UC's website

So you see, you have umpteen options to explore, you just have to make the right choice as per your background and your goals.