Contact Us

Please email us with your specific questions as follows:

General Inquiries
NIF Questions
Summer Session Visa Questions
J-1 Visiting Scholars
H-1B UCB Employees
Tax Filing (General Questions Only)

To learn about becoming a UC Berkeley student, contact the Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions offices.

Student Advising Drop-In Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (There is no advising on Wednesdays)

No in-person advising is available due to Alameda County's “shelter in place” order.

Please email us at or join our virtual advising (access instructions below).

One-on-One Virtual Advising

One-on-one advising with a BIO advisor. You will be placed into a virtual waiting room until it's your turn. For non-urgent issues, email

  • Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am - 12 pm and 1-4 pm.
  • Join the waiting room between 10-11 am for morning advising and 1-3 pm for afternoon advising. (Note: although the Zoom meeting may appear "open" after these cutoff times, we can only guarantee that an advisor will meet with you if you entered the waiting room by the posted cutoff time. Students entering the waiting room after the cutoff times may be seen if advisor availability allows.
  • What to expect when you join the Zoom waiting room: We are currently experiencing very long wait times. Please allow an hour or more to be signed in for advising. After you are signed in, you will return to the waiting room and will be notified when an advisor is ready to meet with you (this may take another hour). We are doing our best to sign students in and see them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience! 
  • Access Instructions:
    • Web access: Join Zoom meeting using this link
    • OR Phone access: call +1 669-900-6833
      And enter Meeting ID code: 992-1347-3593 #
      When asked for your Participant ID, select #

Advising for J-1 Visiting Scholars, Professors, Researchers and Student Researchers, or H-1B UCB Employees

Due to the complex nature of scholar cases, we encourage you to make an appointment by calling our main office at 1-510-642-2818 or emailing questions to If you are an H-1B UCB employee, please make an appointment by emailing

Holiday Closure Dates 2020

Holiday Date
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 20
President's Day Monday, February 17
Cesar Chavez Day Friday, March 27
Memorial Day Monday, May 25
Independence Day Friday, July 3
Labor Day Monday, September 7
Veteran's Day Wednesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27
Winter Break Thursday, December 24, 2020–Friday, January 1, 2021

COVID-19 update: BIO has shifted to remote and virtual online services only due to Alameda County’s “shelter in place” order. While our physical location is closed, we will maintain our virtual student advising and other advising services through email and Zoom. See our COVID-19 Updates & FAQ page for details regarding document requests and processing during the shelter in place period.


Berkeley International Office

2150 Shattuck Avenue

Suite 500

Berkeley, CA 94704

Open Hours:

Monday–Friday  |  9 a.m.12 p.m. and 14 p.m.

There is no student advising on Wednesdays.
Tel:  1-510-642-2818         |     Fax:   510-643-7289