Spring Orientation

Spring 2023 Orientation

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Keegan Houser

Berkeley International Office is excited to welcome you at Spring Orientation! We are planning a full schedule to introduce you to the campus, meet new friends, learn how to be academically successful, and provide opportunities to get your questions answered.

This event will be a hybrid event with all information sessions hosted virtually through Zoom, but with an afternoon in-person reception where you can meet other international students and start off the semester with new friends and connections (see below). We look forward to seeing you on-campus soon!

Spring 2023 Orientation

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., January 13th, Zoom

This will be a special session for EAP students and other incoming international students during Golden Bear Orientation. Degree-seeking international students should continue to attend GBO.


8:00 a.m. Welcome (Recording)
8:10 a.m. Navigating Campus (Presentation Slides, Recording)
8:25 a.m. Immigration Essentials (Presentation Slides, Recording)
9:15 AM Health and Safety (Presentation Slides, Recording)
9:40 AM Break
9:50 AM Student/Staff Q&A
10:20 AM Working in the US (Presentation Slides, Recording)
10:40 AM Academics with EAP College Advisers

International Student Welcome Reception

While the informational sessions for our orientation will be primarily virtual, we also want to make sure that you have a chance to connect in-person with other incoming students, as well as current students and BIO staff.

With this in mind, we will be hosting an International Student Welcome Reception on Friday, January 13 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., located in the Berkeley International Office at: 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 500, Berkeley, CA 94704.

At this event you will be able to:

  • Mingle and make new friends
  • Get to know the BIO office space for future use and visits
  • Chat with BIO staff and receive a travel signature on your DS-2019
  • Enjoy free pizza and beverages!

No registration is necessary--simply stop by to attend. We hope to see you there!

Orientation Recording:

All informational sessions will be recorded and posted to this web page after orientation takes place.

If you require captioning to access a pre-recorded event on our website, please contact Berkeley International Office at internationaloffice@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail). Please expect 7-10 days for captioning to be provided.