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 student community! We look forward to helping you start the semester off strong.

This year's orientation will be in a hybrid format, with both virtual informational sessions and an in-person Welcome Day with a variety events and activities. Our virtual sessions will share information, resources, and support that will help set you up for success at Cal. 

During the in-person Welcome Day, you will have an opportunity to meet and connect with other new international graduate students, participate in Q&A's with current students, and make new friends!

Virtual Orientation Sessions


Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST

Location: Zoom (register for Zoom link here)


8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:40 a.m. Navigating Campus
9:10 a.m. Immigration Essentials: Maintaining Your Status
9:55 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Health & Safety in the U.S.
10:30 a.m. Working in the U.S.
10:45 a.m. Student & Staff Q&A
11:15 a.m. Overview of Taxes and GLACIER

In-Person Welcome Day


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Location: Wheeler Auditorium and Dwinelle Plaza


2:00 p.m. Student & Staff Q&A
2:45 p.m. Grad Student Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. International Student Mixer

Bring to Orientation:

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Note-taking devices
  • Water bottle
  • Questions for staff or students
  • Your "Go Bears!" spirit