Unlike exchange programs involving a partnership between a university and the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, UCEAP, students in our program pay fees to cover tuition and program costs. This makes it possible for us to invite qualified international students to study at UC Berkeley through BISP, and offer outstanding activities and support for all.
All visiting students on an F-1 Student Visa to study in the United States must take a minimum of 12 semester units or credits. Your university may require additional credits or units taken here while you study abroad. For example students from European universities must take the equivalent to 30 ECTS points, which would be 15 semester units at UC Berkeley).
The tuition (called course fees at UC Berkeley) you will pay depends on the number of units you take. Each unit costs $750 USD in academic year 2019-20. For example, if a student enrolls in 12 units, their tuition would be $9,000 USD; 13 units would be $9,750, and so on.
Additional fees include:
$10,500 USD for estimated living expenses*
$700 USD for required health insurance (unless waived**)
$575 USD for application and student services fees
*Living expenses can vary greatly depending on living circumstances. Most of our visiting students live in apartments surrounding UC Berkeley. Some students will spend less than the estimated amount, and others will spend a little more.
**This fee can be waived if a student has substantial coverage in a health plan for foreign health care services. This is the case for Norwegian citizens.
The above fees do not include miscellaneous costs such as books, travel and entertainment. All fees are subject to change in future academic years.
We understand that the fees and expenses may be more than what you are used to at your home university. Tuition is very common at universities in the United States, and living expenses can be quite high in popular urban areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of our students are able to obtain scholarships and loans from their home country’s government, university, local organizations, or financial institutions. We encourage you to search for these opportunities or talk to an International Coordinator or Advisor at your university for ideas. Many of our students also provide their own private funds to offset some or all of the expenses, and value the opportunity to come to Berkeley so much that they work and save up ahead of time to make this dream possible.
Unfortunately our university and the BISP program do not have scholarships available for visiting international students. As a public state university, financial aid is reserved for residents of California and the U.S.
How to Apply to BISP:
There are two ways to apply to the Berkeley International Study Program (BISP), depending on if you attend one of our BISP Partner Universities or not. Please look at the list to see if we have an agreement with your university.
1) If you do attend one of our partner universities, please visit the International Office at your school to inquire about the application process for the Berkeley International Study Program. We recommend doing this as soon as possible, so that you have enough time to make plans and don’t miss any deadlines which will be earlier at your university than our deadlines. You should also go to the information page we provide for students at our BISP Partner Universities.
2) If you do not attend one of our partner universities, you may apply directly to our BISP program as an independent student, for an invitation to study for one or two semesters at UC Berkeley. Please review the following information page for independent students: Application Process-Independent_Fall 2019
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you to come 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. If you are interested, please don’t forget to complete the Inquiry Form to express your interest in our program.