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 no matter where you are in the world! We look forward to helping you start the semester off strong! Whether you will be here in person or attending remotely, we will share information, resources, and support that will help set you up for success at Cal. In order to best serve the incoming class in terms of safety and accessibility, Fall 2021 Orientation will be fully virtual.

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

8 a.m–12 p.m. PDT


8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:10 a.m. Navigating Campus [PDF slides]
8:30 a.m. Health & Safety [PDF slides]
9:00 a.m. Break
9:05 a.m. Teambuilders
10:00 a.m. Immigration Essentials [PDF slides]
11:00 a.m. Working in the U.S. [PDF slides]
11:30 a.m. Q&A
11:50 a.m. Next Steps [PDF slides]

Fall 2021 BIO First-Year Orientation Recording

Fall 2021 BIO First-Year Orientation

Whether you will be here in person or attending remotely, this orientation, recorded on August 18, 2021, includes information and resources that will help set you up for success at Cal.

If you would like to navigate to a specific section of the orientation, please use the links below:

1:06 Welcome from BIO's Director

9:24 Navigating Campus

31:23 Health & Safety

1:02:26 Immigration Essentials

1:57:58 Working in the U.S.

2:58:27 Next Steps

If you require captioning to access a pre-recorded event on our website, please contact Berkeley International Office at Please expect 7-10 days for captioning to be provided.