University of California, Berkeley Academic Program in Multidisciplinary Studies

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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

Choose 1 or 2 additional courses to support your language development

UC Berkeley’s distinguished faculty push you to improve

A Berkeley Advisor guides you through registration and class enrollment

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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Scholarship Opportunities

Great news - this program has SAF Scholarships available. Visit our scholarships page to learn more about criteria and eligiblity. 

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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

This program offers the broadest possible access to all six undergraduate Colleges of UC Berkeley.  You have the opportunity to learn firsthand from Berkeley’s renowned professors while studying alongside your degree-seeking peers. You also select to enroll in a more career-focused two-credit Extension course to round out your semester.


After admission and prior to arrival, you are provided with an online survey to submit courses your are interested in. This does not guarantee enrollment, but it will help your BGA advisor provide the support you need during course enrollment. Berkeley staff will communicate with you directly during this advising process and you will register online for courses prior to arrival. Final registration occurs up to the 4th week of the semester with the assistance and advising of Berkeley staff.

You take a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, and you can take additional credits up to 18 units, which is invoiced separately.

You have the option take one or two Extension courses from the following areas:

  • TOEFL preparation
  • GRE preparation
  • English as a Second Language
  • Courses related to your major

You can take UC Berkeley main campus courses: To view available courses, select the academic term in the course catalog, then the subject of interest. If you are interested in a course that appears under the professional category, you will be better suited to apply to one of our tracks: HAAS Business, Environmental Design, or Legal Studies. 

Courses can include Schools of:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering (limited course selection)
  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Course & Departmental Restrictions

Enrollment in all courses is subject to availability, but the following courses are impacted or restricted and priority is given to degree-seeking students:

  • Business – impacted
  • Economics – impacted
  • Law – restricted
  • Engineering – impacted
  • Computer Science impacted

Graduate Courses

Policies differ by department, but non-degree seeking international students at the undergraduate level are not encouraged to apply for graduate courses. For more specific information or clarification on the availability of a specific course at the graduate level, please contact SAF Headquarters.

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 Home Edition and myBest score accepted
  • DAAD: C1
  • TEM-4L 70
  • TEM-8: 70
  • Cambridge C1: Advanced
  • Duolingo: 115
  • CET scores are not accepted. If you only have CET scores or haven’t taken a language test, you can request an English language interview (awarded at the discretion of the academic committee at UC Berkeley Extension) *SAF first nominates qualified candidates to the program. The program sends you an interview invite, after which, if you pass, SAF will proceed with your application

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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 2023 Academic

Program dates:
Late August - Mid December
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Fall 2023 Academic + Spring 2024 Academic

Program dates:
Late August - Mid May
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Spring 2024 Academic

Program dates:
Mid January - Mid May
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Housing Information

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Off-campus apartment

The SAF program fee covers a shared off-campus apartment. Alongside local students, you build a study abroad family in the communal living space and over meals you cook in your shared kitchen. The residence building may have a front desk and laundry.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

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. 

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The Student Experience

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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.

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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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