New Students

Image credit:

Visas Housing Money Enrollment Transport Health Local Resources


 - Complete Pre-Arrival Orientation


Pre-Arrival Online Webinars

Webinar computer screen icon

These online webinars are presented by Advisors at Berkeley International Office and are designed to give you basic tips for making a smooth transition to Berkeley. 

Register now for these informative webinars by following the links below. All times are in Pacific Standard Time. Links to recordings of the webinars will be posted below after they have taken place. Youku/Tudou users may access the recordings here.

BIO Web Series

Stay tuned to this spot for the BIO Web Series where international students show you how to navigate situations like finding housing, choosing course and social settings.

Housing video image  Breaking the Ice video image  

Choosing Courses video image  Extracurricular Activities video image

 Youku/Tudou users may access the Web Series here.

Entry to the U.S. infographic PDF

Click image for full infographic

What to Pack infographic

Click image for full infographic

Istart app on phone

iStart: The Cal Edition App

Not just any mobile app-it’s your gateway to living, studying, and thriving at UC Berkeley.

iSTART: Cal Edition was developed by an international student and Berkeley International Office to assist new students adjust to the unique CAL culture.

Get quick information on topics essential to your arrival to campus such as food, transportation, banking, health, academic success, and more!


To Download the app, go to Google Play or Apple iTunes and search for "iStart: The Cal Edition."

Social Media

Join us on social media for easy updates and useful local information.

Facebook icon   Twitter icon square   Instagram icon   YouTube icon square 

Weibo icon   Tudou icon   WeChat icon square