Health and Safety
The health and safety of international students and scholars at UC Berkeley is a primary concern. Not only does UC Berkeley's academic rigor cause stress, but a new, unfamiliar environment can compound the pressure that you may already be experiencing. Below are a few resources that can be helpful in coping with challenges of life at UC Berkeley.
For registered students and scholars, find materials and answers to common health questions on this A-Z Online Index of Health Topics designed specifically for the UC Berkeley community. See also International Student Health Resources at UHS/Tang Center.
All registered students at UC Berkeley are eligible to see a counselor at CPS, located on the 3rd floor of the Tang Center. Counselors are available to talk to you about any matter of personal concern either on a walk-in basis (for urgent matters), or by appointment. CPS also offers a range of support groups and workshops, career counseling services, as well as online assessment and informational resources.
If you are employed by UC Berkeley, you are eligible to get counseling on a wide range of personal concerns at the CARE Services office also located in the Tang Center.
The UC Berkeley Police Department (UCPD) is a full-service unit working 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to serve the UC Berkeley community. See their publication, Safety Counts for information about crime prevention on campus and what you can do to stay safe. Connect directly to UCPD by dialing 510-642-6760510-642-6760 (for NON-EMERGENCIES and questions) and 510-642-3333510-642-3333 (for EMERGENCIES ONLY). Program these numbers into your mobile phone's address book and give it a quick key for easy access. Stay informed of current crime activity in the campus area by reading crime alerts online or by signing up for email delivery.
This campus office will inform the campus of what to do during an emergency and has helpful information on how to prepare for an earthquake and other large-scale disasters.
Use safety services such as BearWALK or the Night Safety Shuttles to get safely to and from campus, parking lots, and public transportation stations (i.e. BART station), especially if you plan to walk alone in a more secluded area or during the evening. The BearWALK Service operates every day of the year, providing a walking escort from dusk until dawn (24 hours). To request an escort, call 510-642-WALK510-642-WALK (9255). We recommend programming this phone number into your cell phone.
Check out our Scams and Safety page for precautionary tips.