University of California, Berkeley Academic Program in Bioscience

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About the Program

Founded in 1868 and the oldest of the University of California’s 10 research institutions, Berkeley values innovative thinking, top-quality research, and public service above all else. One of the most prestigious state universities in the country, it has a deeply motivated academic population committed to excellence and celebrates community in the urban, eclectic greater San Francisco Bay Area. There’s something special about UC Berkeley.

Hit the wooded Berkeley Hills trails in the great Californian outdoors

Share in student experience and the rich feeling of community on campus

Refine your integrative, molecular, and cell biology at respected UCB

Your bioscience program is as challenging as it is rewarding

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

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Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Engineering
Off-campus apartment
Visa Required:
12 units

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I chose this university because I thought it would be best to choose a high-level university to enrich my study abroad experience.

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About the University

University of California, Berkeley

There’s something special about UC Berkeley. One of the most prestigious state universities in the country, it is home of the Free Speech Movement, a hotbed of student activism, and with a deeply motivated academic population committed to excellence, it celebrates diversity and community in the urban, eclectic greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Opportunity, here, feels endless. Immerse yourself in a shared student experience both on campus and on the trails of wooded Berkeley Hills, the colorful San Francisco streets, and in the great Californian outdoors.

Learn more at University of California, Berkeley's official website.


University of California, Berkeley's Academic Approach

As an SAF Scholar, you are granted access to courses in the highly ranked Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology departments. You enroll in courses alongside other UC Berkeley students and are taught and supported by distinguished faculty. Many of the faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, the AAAs Fellows, and even a Nobel Laureate.


You will be contacted by the department before the beginning of the semester with a list of possible courses available for the upcoming semester. You have the opportunity to register for courses prior to arrival and may be approved for courses up until the beginning of the term. You are required to enroll in a one-unit course that meets once a week that focuses on academic cultural and social aspects first semester.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

You are guaranteed 12 course units in the Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology Department; courses may be limited and may change by semester.

Example course offerings:

* Courses may be limited by enrollment and could conflict due to schedule

Integrative Biology

  • B 77B Integrative Human Biology
  • IB 101 Introduction to Scientific Writing
  • IB 102LF Introduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory
  • IB 104LF Natural History of the Vertebrates with Laboratory
  • IB 113L Paleobiological Perspectives on Ecology and Evolution
  • IB 114 Infectious Disease Dynamics
  • IB 132 Survey of Human Physiology
  • IB 132L Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
  • IB 138 Comparative Endocrinology
  • IB 140 Biology of Human Reproduction
  • IB 150 Evolutionary Environmental Physiology *
  • IB 151 Plant Physiological Ecology
  • IB 151L Plant Physiological Ecology Laboratory
  • IB 162 Ecological Genetics *
  • IB 167 Evolution and Earth History: From Genes to Fossils *
  • IB 169 Evolutionary Medicine
  • IB 172 Coevolution: From Genes to Ecosystems
  • IB 175LF  Herpetology with Laboratory
  • IB 181L   Paleobotany - The 500-Million Year History of a Greening Planet
  • IB C129L  Human Physiological Assessment
  • IB C143B  Hormones and Behavior
  • IB C171   Freshwater Ecology
  • IB C176L  Fish Ecology
  • IB C185L  Human Paleontology *

Molecular and Cell Biology:

  • 38 Stem Cell Biology, Ethics and Societal Impact
  • 50 The Immune System and  Disease
  • C61 Brain, Mind & Behavior
  • C100A Biophysical Chemistry
  • 100B Biochemistry: Pathways, Mechanisms & Regulations
  • 102 Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • C103 Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • 104 Genetics, Genomics & Cell Biology
  • 110 Molecular Biology: Macromolecular Synthesis and Cellular Function
  • C110L Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Lab
  • C112L Microbiology Lab
  • C114 Introduction to Comparative Virology
  • 118 Cancer Karyotype
  • 130 Cell & Systems Biology
  • C134 Chromosome Biology/Cytogenetics
  • 140 General Genetics
  • 141 Developmental Biology
  • C148 Microbial Genomics & Genetics
  • 149 The Human Genome
  • 150 Molecular Immunology
  • 150L Immunology Lab
  • 161 Circuit, Systems and Behavioral Neurosystems
  • 165 Molecular Neurobiology

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • CET4: 550 (Interview required)
  • CET6: 520 (Interview required)
  • IELTS: 7.0 TOEFL iBT: 90

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late August - Mid December
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Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

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Late August - Mid May
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Spring 2023

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Mid January - Mid May
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Housing Information

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Off-campus apartment

At Berkeley, you call the welcoming off-campus Wesley House home. The SAF program fee covers a shared room of 2 to 4 beds in a self-catering apartment with a shared bathroom, shared laundry, and fast WiFi.

You can also stay here over the break and use it as a base to explore with your roommates and newfound life-long friends. You can add a meal plan to your program, but it’s not part of the SAF program fee.

About Berkeley

Why Berkeley

The wooded Berkeley Hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, the great Californian outdoors, colorful San Francisco - Berkeley is an unforgettable destination. Neighbor to Silicon Valley, Berkeley is an inspirational place to study, and downtime might mean hopping on the free transit to see San Francisco’s famous sights, heading for a hike or bike in the Berkeley Hills, or enjoying waterfront views at the Berkeley Marina. 

Learn more about Berkeley

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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