In-Person Drop-In Advising

Important Change in Services: The Berkeley International Office physical location will be closed on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 due to some unexpected building repairs. During this time, afternoon student advising (from 1 - 4 PM) will be done virtually through our Virtual Drop-In system.

In-Person Drop-In Student Advising hours (PDT)

In-person drop-in advising is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1 - 4 p.m.*, with no appointment needed.

There is no student advising on Wednesdays.

Peak Season Advisory:

*Please note that during our busy season (April - June), we may close for new advising sign-ins early to enable our advisors to work through the advising queue before the end of our advising hours. If advising sign-ins close early, we will note this in the Advising Queue sheet, in the large red box at the top.

Keep in mind that, at peak times, wait times for in-person drop-in advising may be an hour or more.

Save time -- check the BIO website first!
BIO advising is intended for any necessary further questions and discussions with a BIO advisor only after you have already researched the topic on the BIO website. The answers to many common questions can be found on the BIO website, including information about CPT (internships) and our extensive post-completion OPT and STEM OPT tutorials. 

Common advising topics and alternative services:

  • Just need an updated travel signature on your I-20/DS-2019? See our Travel Signatures page for options, including a convenient online request form (we'll email you an updated I-20 with a new travel signature!).
  • Self Service: Find the answers to many common questions on the BIO website, including information about CPT (internships) and our extensive post-completion OPT and STEM OPT tutorials.
  • OPT/STEM OPT Document Checks: Attend a BIO OPT/STEM OPT Document Check Workshop to make sure your application is complete before submitting it to USCIS. Advisors cannot perform individual document checks during drop-in advising hours. 
  • You can also email your questions to BIO at An advisor will respond to you within 3 business days.

Where is BIO?

Berkeley International Office is located on Shattuck Avenue just outside of the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Street map of BIO office location

2150 Shattuck Avenue
Suite 500 (5th floor)
Berkeley, CA 94704

BIO office building

OPT/STEM OPT Document Checks

Applying for OPT or STEM OPT? Attend a BIO Document Check Workshop to make sure your application is complete before mailing it to USCIS. Details can be found on our Events Calendar

Please note that advisors can not perform individual document checks during advising hours.