University of California, Berkeley Academic Program in Entrepreneurship & Technology

Academic
Times Top 10
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

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.

Navigate case-study-inspired challenges and overcome real-world constraints

Enhance your experience with an exclusive Silicon Valley lecture series

Interact with industry leaders and Silicon Valley startup researchers

Hit the wooded Berkeley Hills trails in the great Californian outdoors

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
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

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Engineering
Housing:
Off-campus apartment
Visa Required:
Required
Credits:
12 units

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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All the instructors had experience and work in industry. They encourage students to take initiative and pioneer their own path rather than just follow the curriculum.

University of California, Berkeley SAF Alumni

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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.

Academics

University of California, Berkeley's Academic Approach

 

You’re passionate about entrepreneurship and technology. In this life-changing hands-on program, you dive into the process, strategies, and approaches of advancing a startup idea in experiential courses and lecture series exploring technopreneurship in Silicon Valley.

In the cross-discipline Challenge Lab core competition, you work in the Berkeley startup ecosystem to create an innovative product. You navigate case-study-inspired weekly challenges and overcome real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods to develop a working prototype and a formal presentation.

Courses

The core curriculum of this program is pre-set, but as an SAF Scholar, you will receive a course registration form prior to arrival to prioritize your elective course choice. The department will work with you to enroll you in your first choice elective.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

As part of this program, you enroll in the Entrepreneurial Core, which consists of a lecture series or Silicon Valley Introduction to Finance, a Challenge Lab and one elective.

Core courses:

  • INDENG 190G (2 units) Intro to Technopreneurship & Silicon Valley - This orientation class is exclusive to Startup Semester Students. It will provide an overview of Silicon Valley business culture and a survey of topics uniquely related to the creation of new technology ventures. The format will include lectures, workshops and interaction with the Berkeley startup ecosystem.
  • INDENG 95 (1 unit) Newton Lecture Series - This lecture series recognizes the entrepreneurial vision of A. Richard Newton, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007, by inviting distinguished innovators to share lessons from their own successes and failures.
  • INDENG 185 (4 units) Challenge Lab - In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods. Through frequent interaction with the sponsors and mentors, student teams will develop a working prototype and a formal presentation.

*Note:  Multiple sections of Challenge Lab will be offered each semester. Each section will focus on a different technology topic or theme. You must choose one of the topics to fulfill your Core Requirement.

Elective courses

You will receive a course registration form to prioritize your elective course choices. However, some courses limit the number of students.

  • INDENG 135 (3 units) Applied Data Science with Venture Applications
  • INDENG 171 (3 units) Technology Firm Leadership
  • INDENG 186 (3 units) Product Management *Spring only
  • INDENG 190e (3 units) Product Design
  • INDENG 290 (3 units) Lean Transfer
  • INDENG 191 (3 units) Technology Entrepreneurship

Additional UC Berkeley Elective courses: These courses are subject to change and may not be offered every semester

Engineering Courses

  • Engineering 120: Principles of Engineering Economics
  • INDENG 170: Industrial Design and Human Factors
  • CS 294-84:  Integrated Device Design
  • CS 294-85:  Critical Making
  • Mec Eng 110:  Introduction to Product Development

Undergrad Business Administration

  • UGBA 105:  Leading People
  • UGBA 190T:  Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs

Sociology:

  • Sociology 121:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context

International and Area Studies:

IAS 150:  Social Innovator On-Ramp

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:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • TOEFL PBT: 800

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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
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
31,195

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Late August - Mid May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
57,170

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Mid May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
30,665

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 triple room 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 lifelong friends. The SAF program fee does not include early arrival housing or a meal plan, but you can arrange both yourself.

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

Orientation

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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