F-1 and J-1 Students

The information on this page is intended for UC Berkeley campus staff working with international degree-seeking students and Education Abroad Program (EAP) reciprocity students. Meet our International Student Advisers and see their selected liaison units.

ALERT: Berkeley International Office is aware of a continuing trend of scams targeting international students. Find out more about common scams and support resources on our Scams and Safety page.

Certain BIO Student Request forms requiring academic advisor approval have transitioned from PDF forms to online eForms! This guide outlines the new process for academic advisors completing BIO eForms.

Upcoming Workshops

Faculty/Staff Workshop: Fall 2022 International Student Updates
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 2-3 pm | Zoom
This workshop is intended for faculty/staff, and not for students.

We will post information here about upcoming workshops. Stay tuned for more details!


Newsletters are sent out once a semester to both the GSAO and Advisornet listservs. You can also sign up to receive the newsletter.

Berkeley International Office staff are available to facilitate on-campus workshops for academic departments and student groups. To request a workshop, or to inquire about collaborating on an event, please fill out this form. Contact internationaloffice@berkeley.edu with any questions.

5 Tips for Successfully Advising International Students

Compiled by Berkeley International Office

  1. Build relationships by expressing curiosity 
    and interest about educational and cultural differences.
  2. Foster sense of belonging by promoting 
    social engagement, and encouraging 
    leadership development.
  3. Connect students to learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom through Office of Undergraduate ResearchDeCalBerkeley Connect, and Public Service.
  4. Recognize and support multiple dimensions 
    of a student’s identity (nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) especially during periods of transition.
  5. Normalize students' experiences and encourage them to seek support services through Berkeley International OfficeCPSTRSPSLCDSP.

Past Presentations

Advising International Students

Immigration and Regulatory Updates

Unique International Student Needs

Want to learn more about the population we serve? Check out our international student enrollment reports.