Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

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The Berkeley International Office is NOT issuing initial I-20s for Summer Sessions 2020. F-1 students who are already in the U.S. studying at another institution may be eligible to transfer their F-1 records to UC Berkeley and should complete the VSIS task in Cal Central to request a transfer I-20.

TRAVEL ALERT: Berkeley International Office (BIO) currently does not recommend travel due to the changing nature of U.S. immigration policy and the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts to global travel. For important information regarding current U.S. immigration policy, Executive Orders, and travel advisories, please see BIO's Immigration Policy Updates & FAQ webpage and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & FAQ page.

COVID-19 UPDATES: BIO is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and Presidential Proclamations suspending entry into the United States for those deemed to pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19, specifically travelers entering from Brazil, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the European Schengen AreaIran, and China within the last 14 days. The Department of State has announced a possible change in the Schengen, UK, and Ireland Travel Ban. Please see our FAQ for more info. The Department of State has also announced a phased resumption of routine visa services. Please refer to their FAQ for the latest information and visit your local U.S. embassy or consulate website to confirm operating status and find information about appointment rescheduling and/or emergency services. Mail delivery in many parts of the world is also impacted and may result in delays in the delivery of immigration documents. Be aware that travelers returning from CDC Risk Level 3 countries are required to follow UC Berkeley campus guidance following travel and re-entry. More information is available on the UC Berkeley COVID-19 campus website. Should you have urgent, emergency travel needs to or from impacted regions, please contact BIO for advising.

To enroll in classes, visit Summer Sessions. Berkeley International Office works closely with Summer Sessions to assist F-1 international students. Our office cannot assist students who enter the US on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa or the ESTA/Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Please note that there are restrictions on study in these statuses.

Required Tutorials

Please review these required Summer Visiting International Student Tutorials to prepare for your arrival.

Full-time Enrollment Requirements

Full-time enrollment is required for F-1 international students whose I-20 starts in summer. Find out how many units you need to be full-time.

I-20, Visa, and Travel Information

Find out if you need an I-20 from UC Berkeley, how to apply for your student visa and learn about the F-1 regulations you must follow to remain in status.

Required Online Arrival Confirmation

All F-1 students with a UC Berkeley I-20 must review the tutorials mentioned above before arriving to the U.S. After arrival, they must complete the online Arrival Confirmation & U.S. Address/Phone Update before the first day of class.

Transfer Students' Requirements

Whether you are transferring in to UC Berkeley from another U.S. school, or transferring out and leaving Berkeley, you'll need approvals.