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 - August 9


Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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

Location: Zoom (register for Zoom link here)


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

In-Person Welcome Day - August 16


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Time: 10 AM - 11:30 AM PST

Location: Dwinelle Plaza and Dwinelle 155


10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Grad Coffee Break
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.

Welcome from Lisa García Bedolla,

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division

10:55 - 11:30 a.m. Student Panel