Join Us

We are looking to invite students from different parts of the world, who are passionate about studying at a top-ranked university in California and interested in taking courses in participating departments. We have students from a variety of disciplines who take courses both related to their academic majors or minors and also related to their own areas of interest. Riveting classes are available in a variety of subjects such as sociology, anthropology, literature, math, astronomy, earth and planetary science, and political science, and also from multidisciplinary subjects in business, media, health, languages, international relations, cultural and global studies to name a few.   

The application process is the same for both the on-campus and virtual versions of the program, although the timing is different. Application deadlines may also differ.

Step 1: Check for your home university on the BISP Partner List.

Students from a partner university: Contact the International Office at your school to begin the application process. We recommend doing this as soon as possible; deadlines will be earlier at your university than our deadlines. If you meet your home university’s criteria, your school will nominate you to BISP.  Upon nomination, qualified students will be invited to interview with BISP staff. 

Independent students: Please send the following materials to for initial review.

1. English Test Score
1. English Test Score

(only if the primary language of your school is not English)

2. Transcript(s)
2. Transcript(s)

A copy of your most recent transcript

3. Personal statement
3. Personal statement

Indicating your interests for Spring 2021 (1 page max)

1. English Language Proficiency: Those from non-English speaking universities must meet a minimum score on an English Language Proficiency exam, such as: TOEFL: score of 90 or IELTS: score of 7.0. If you have taken another type of English Language exam, please let us know so we can determine whether this alternative exam is acceptable.

2. Transcript(s): We are looking for students who have taken at least one year, preferably two years, of academic courses at an accredited university before studying abroad at UC Berkeley.  Students with high marks or grades will be given priority consideration, generally equivalent to a U.S. grading system between 3.0 (B) and 4.0 (A). In some cases we will be looking for basic prerequisite courses in the subjects you would like to study at UC Berkeley. An unofficial copy is acceptable.

  • Note for gap year students: For those interested in the BISP experience following high school graduation, we encourage curious and ambitious students to apply. You will be required to submit a copy of your high school transcript instead of a college transcript.
  • Note for post-baccalaureate (post-bac) students: BISP welcomes those who have completed their university degree and are seeking further enrichment. You will be required to submit a copy of your college transcript.

3. Personal Statement/Academic Interests: No more than one page personal statement addressing your personal and academic interests. Include your home university, degree level, major field of study, semester you wish to attend BISP, and course interest areas.

BISP Goes Virtual, Spring 2021 Important Dates


What to Expect Next

Qualified students will be contacted to arrange for an informal interview to discuss the program in more depth.

Accepted students will receive a BISP invitation letter and upload necessary information and documents to our online application system.

  • Passport or other photo identification
  • Financial statement for F-1 visa (in-person students only)

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you to spend a semester, or maybe two, with us at Berkeley. We are sure you will find it to be an incredible academic and cultural experience.