First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

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Keegan Houser

Congratulations on your acceptance to UC Berkeley!

BIO is excited to welcome you into the UC Berkeley international student community! We look forward to helping you start the semester off strong. At this fully in-person orientation, we will share information, resources, and support that will help set you up for success at Cal. 

Throughout the day, you will have an opportunity to meet and connect with other new international undergraduates, learn from informative sessions focusing on the unique concerns of international students, and gain an understanding of how to navigate campus.

International Student Orientation will occur the day before Golden Bear Orientation. While students are required to attend Golden Bear Orientation, we highly encourage you to attend both orientations.

First-Year Orientation

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. PDT

Location: Dwinelle 155


1:00 p.m. Check-in and Registration
1:30 p.m. Welcome
1:40 p.m. Navigating Campus (Presentation Slides)
2:00 p.m. Health & Safety (Presentation Slides)
2:30 p.m. Teambuilders
3:30 p.m. Working in the US (Presentation Slides)
3:00 p.m. Immigration Essentials (Presentation Slides)
4:50 p.m. Next Steps

Bring to Orientation:

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Note-taking devices
  • Water bottle
  • Light backpack (for free stuff!)
  • Lunch money
  • Questions for staff or students
  • Your "Go Bears!" spirit