Student Resources

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Language Exchange Program

One of Student Learning Center’s most popular programs, LEP provides a platform for Cal students to share their language skills and cultural knowledge. Through language practice and community socials, LEP serves as a space for all students to meaningfully engage and benefit from Cal’s global diversity.

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Student Learning Center

The SLC’s mission is to “support a global community of learners as they navigate the cultural expectations and academic rigor of UC Berkeley.”

BISP students have sought tutoring, writing support, and more from the SLC to thrive in their courses.

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UC Berkeley's 32 constituent and affiliated libraries together make it the fourth largest university library by number of volumes in the United States. 

The libraries together cover over 12 acres (49,000 m2) of land and compose one of the largest library complexes in the world.

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Disability Support Services

All learners are welcome at Cal! Through Disability Support Services (DSS) at Extension, you can request accommodations to support your academic achievement in your time at Cal. Once accepted to BISP, please contact DSS as soon as possible if you know you need additional guidance.

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Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all students to study abroad at Berkeley, and most BISP students use the UC Berkeley Extension-provided plan. Accepted students will be automatically enrolled in this plan which is accepted at nearby clinics and hospitals. Those who opt out of this health insurance must show proof of alternative insurance.

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BISP students find their own housing, usually in private homes and apartments in the vibrant and walkable neighborhoods surrounding campus. BISP students usually live with and among UC Berkeley students or local families. Once accepted to BISP, you receive advising and resources to facilitate your housing search.