New Students

Congratulations on Your Admission to UC Berkeley!

The following links will help you get organized and answer some questions that new international students typically have.

The Non-immigrant
Information Form (NIF)

If you plan to stay in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status, you must request the documents from Berkeley International Office through the NIF.

F-1 or J-1 Status for You?

See a comparison chart of these visas allowed for study at UC Berkeley.

What is an I-20?

Learn about the purpose of this document, how it's created, and how to keep yours updated.

What is a DS-2019?

Learn about the purpose of this document, how it's created, and how to keep yours updated.

How To Apply for Your Visa

Find out how to apply for your student visa and what you need to travel out of the U.S. after your program begins.

What is SEVIS?

Understand what how to prevent problems with your visa status by keeping your SEVIS record updated.

What is the SEVIS Fee?

Determine if you are required to pay this fee or not for your program at UC Berkeley.

Transferring from U.S. Schools

Get instructions for making sure your F-1
or J-1 status is transferred properly to UC Berkeley from your current U.S. school.

Health Services & Requirements

Learn what you need to do before you arrive on campus and what the Student Health Insurance (SHIP) will cover. Learn about health insurance for family members here.

Finding Housing

Arrange temporary housing and on- or off-campus accommodations for your stay.

Tuition and Fee Payment

Find out the best method for making your tuition payments on time.

Orientation in Your Country

Attend pre-arrival orientation programs happening in your country or nearby.

Transportation: From the Airport to Campus and Beyond

Choose the best method to get you and your stuff to campus.  Learn how you can best get around town.

Money and Banking

Get tips on bringing money to the U.S. and setting up your local bank account.

See The Arrival Guide for detailed information and tips for getting settled into life in Berkeley.