Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student 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 graduate 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 graduate students, learn from informative sessions focusing on the unique concerns of international students, and gain an understanding of how to navigate campus.

Please know that BIO's orientation is geared towards international students and will differ from orientation events offered by academic units, so we encourage you to attend!

Graduate Orientation

Thursday, August 18, 2022

8 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PDT


8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Check-in
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:40 a.m. Navigating Campus (Presentation Slides)
9:00 a.m. Health & Safety (Presentation Slides)
9:30 a.m. Academic Success Panel
10:15 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. Working in the US (Presentation Slides)
11:05 a.m. Immigration Essentials (Presentation Slides)
11:45 a.m. Overview of Taxes and GLACIER (Presentation Slides)

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