Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

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ALL international summer students must complete the VSIS task in Cal Central. Due to U.S. government COVID guidance, Berkeley International Office is unable to issue I-20 visa documents for students to enter the U.S. from abroad for Summer Sessions 2021. F-1 students who have been in the U.S. in F-1 status since March 2020 may be eligible for an I-20 and must complete the VSIS task in Cal Central to request it.

TRAVEL ALERT: Berkeley International Office (BIO) strongly discourages travel due to the changing nature of U.S. immigration policy and the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts to global travel. For important information regarding current U.S. immigration policy, Executive Orders, and travel advisories, please see our Immigration Policy Updates page andCOVID-19 FAQ page.

COVID-19 UPDATES: BIO is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and Presidential Proclamations suspending entry into the United States. Please seeour COVID-19 FAQfor current information about travel restrictions. The Department of State has announceda phased resumption of routine visa services. Visityour local U.S. embassy or consulate websiteto confirm operating status and find information about appointment rescheduling or emergency services. Should you have urgent, emergency travel needs to or from impacted regions, pleasecontact BIOfor advising. Travelers returning fromCDC Risk Level 3 countriesare required tofollow UC Berkeley campus guidance. More information is available on theUC Berkeley COVID-19 campus website. Additionally, all UC Berkeley community members (faculty, students, staff) engaging in university-related international travel to countries rated CDC Level 3 COVID-19 High (avoid all nonessential travel) or Level 4 COVID-19 Very High (avoid all travel), must seek approval through the two-step International Travel Protocol.

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.