Dissertation and Thesis Filing Requirements

International Graduate Student Dissertation 
and Thesis Filing Requirements


International graduate students who file their dissertations or theses in the Fall or Spring semesters satisfy the final semester registration requirement by enrolling in full time units or using Filing Fee. (Students requiring a reduced enrollment for final term in Fall or Spring should submit a Reduced Enrollment for Final Semester Form to BIO.) Students should check with their department advisors and the Graduate Division to determine their eligiblity for Filing Fee. To comply with Department of Homeland Security reporting requirements, the earliest completion date students can use is 7 days after the filing fee deadline. The latest completion date a student can use for I-20 purposes while on filing fee is the final day of the semester.

Graduate students can file dissertation or thesis during Summer Session. Please review the Graduate Divisions's policies regarding Summer degree conferrals and Filing Fee for updated information regarding Summer dissertation and thesis filing.

International Students in F-1 or J-1 status choosing to file thesis or dissertation in the Summer should consult a Berkeley International Office advisor regarding final term enrollment requirements for visa purposes.

*Note you must discuss Filing Fee with BIO in-person during Drop-In advising hours.