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BA Asian Studies : Japan

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

28510 USD
13518 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 70 USD
Institute of East Asian Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1330
ACT (avg)27

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About this course

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Undergraduate Group Major in Asian Studies is a rigorous but flexible interdisciplinary program designed to help students take advantage of the rich course offerings in the Asian field campuswide in a way that is not available through individual departments. Utilizing the faculty and facilities of the entire university, these degree programs cut across conventional disciplinary lines and emphasize a basic core of knowledge concerning one particular geographic area of Asia. Within this core, which requires course work in multiple departments and reading knowledge of at least one Asian language, regionally-oriented students have the freedom to plan an individual program according to their particular interests and approaches. No two programs are alike, and students work closely with the student affairs office and with a faculty mentor in designing their customized academic plan.

A number of Asian Studies majors are double majors, finding the focus on Asia useful for complementing the political science, economics, anthropology, or history of art majors, for example.

The Asian Studies: Japan major program (denoted Area 3) is one of three major programs offered by the Group in Asian Studies.

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Eligibility Criteria

All Berkeley applicants must meet the following requirement to be minimally eligible for admission the University of California:

  • Meet the subject requirement by completing a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses ("a-g" courses), with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year;
  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 for nonresidents) in these courses with no grade lower than a C; and
  • Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year. 

Note: UC no longer requires SAT Subject Tests (except to qualify for consideration of admission by examination alone), but certain programs at Berkeley recommend them.

Subject Requirement
You must complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory ("a-g") courses, with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year. The 15 courses are:

a. History/Social Science: Two years required. Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures, and geography (may be a single year-long course or two one-semester courses); and one year of US history or one-half year of US history and one-half year of civics or American government.

b. English: Four years required. Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

c. Mathematics: Three years required; four years recommended. Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own courses.

d. Laboratory Science: Two years required; three years recommended. Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this requirement.

e. Language Other than English: Two years (or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction of the same language other than English) required; three years (third level of high school instruction) recommended. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition, and culture. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and Greek, are acceptable. Courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill all or part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA): One year required. One year-long approved course of visual and performing arts from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

g. College-Preparatory Electives: One year required. One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory-level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

Examination Requirements

  • You must submit scores from either: the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. Students may submit official scores from either test. We will use the highest scores from a single test administration.
  • College of Chemistry and College of Engineering applicants only: While SAT Subject Tests are not required, the presence of SAT Subject Tests--particularly in a science and Math Level 2--will be considered value-added, as would evidence of high academic performance in math and science.

Eligibility by Examination Alone

  • If you don't meet UC's minimum requirements, you may still be considered for admission by earning high scores on the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test, plus two SAT Subject Tests. To qualify for consideration for admission to UC by examination, you must earn a minimum UC Score total.
  • In addition, you must earn a minimum UC score of 63 on each component of the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test and on each SAT Subject Test.
  • You may not use an SAT Subject Test to meet these requirements if you have completed a transferable college course in that subject with a grade of C or better.

Additional Information Regarding Requirements
In addition, applicants who are residents of California will be offered admission somewhere in the UC system if space is available, and they:

  • Rank in the top 9% of all high school graduates statewide (according the UC admissions index); or
  • Rank in the top 9% of their graduating class at a participating high school. This is also referred to as "Eligibility of the Local Context (ELC)."

Language Requirements

Proficiency in English is critical to success at UC Berkeley.

One of the following exams is:

  • required for any student whose language of instruction is not English for the last three academic years of secondary school
  • recommended for all international applicants from non-English-speaking countries

These exams are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - a score of 6.5 or higher on the academic module or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or 550 or higher on the paper-based exam

Language exam results must be received in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than January prior to the fall semester in which the student wishes to enroll.  Our code is 4833, same as the SAT. 

Eligibility in the Local Context
If you rank in the top 9% of students in your California high school class--and your high school participates in our Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program--you may be eligible for the ELC designation.

We will identify the top 9% of students on the basis of GPA in UC-approved coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grades. To be considered for ELC, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete the following "a-g" courses prior to your senior year:

  • History/social science: 1 year
  • English: 2 years
  • Mathematics: 2 years
  • Laboratory Science: 1 year
  • Language other than English: 1 year
  • College-preparatory elective (chosen from the subjects listed above or in another course approved by the University): 4 year-long courses or equivalent

After you enter your coursework and grades in your application, we'll compare your GPA to the historic top GPA for your school. If you meet or exceed that GPA, you'll be designated ELC and we'll add a note to your application. Applications from California will be automatically screened for ELC eligibility when they are submitted.

Freshman Selection

The campus selects its freshman class through and assessment that includes a holistic review of your academic performance as measured primarily by:

  • Your weighted and unweighted UC grade point average (calculated using 10th and 11th grade UC-approved courses only)
  • Your planned 12th-grade courses
  • Your pattern of grades over time
  • The number of college preparatory, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), honors and transferable college courses you have completed
  • Your level of achievement in those courses relative to other UC applicants at your school
  • Your scores on the ACT Assessment Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test
  • Your scores on AP or IB exams
  • Honors and awards that showcase extraordinary intellectual or creative achievement
  • Sustained participation in rigorous academic enrichment and outreach programs
  • Your likely contribution to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus
  • Diversity of personal background and experience
  • Qualities such as leadership, motivation, and concern for others and for the community
  • Non-academic achievements in athletics, the performing arts, employment, and/or personal responsibilities
  • Demonstrated interest in the major and/or sustained academic achievement, particularly in math and science, is an important consideration for applicants to the College of Engineering and the College of Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
Requirements for California Residents

Most transfer students enter UC at the junior level. This means that they have completed 60 semester units, general education, and most, if not all, of their lower division major prerequisites.

We review all information, both academic and non-academic/personal, in the context of each student's individual circumstances. To be competitive, present an academic profile with strong grades that includes preparation for your intended major/college.

Most programs will not offer admission to students with excess units, i.e., more than 80 UC transferable semester units before enrollment. 

If all coursework was completed at a two-year college, this excess unit policy does not apply.
All coursework from a two-year college is considered lower division.

Requirements for Non-Residents
The minimum eligibility requirements for non-resident transfer applicants are the same as those for residents except that non-residents must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all transferable college coursework.

Transfers from Other UC Campuses
After you enroll at a UC campus, it may be possible for you to transfer to another UC campus. Applications for intercampus transfer are considered in light of your personal circumstances and the availability of space in your prospective major. These students must apply as junior transfers with 60-89 semester/90-134 quarter units.

If you wish to transfer from one UC campus to another, you must submit an application for undergraduate admission during the appropriate filing period.

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Course Modules

Course list for Disciplinary focus: Theory and Methods Course (choose one)

  • ANTHRO 114 History of Anthropological Thought (4)
  • ANTHRO 141 Comparative Societies; non-western societies (4)
  • ANTHRO 144 Social and Cultural Change; non-western societies (4)
  • ANTHRO 169B Research Theory and Methods in Socio-cultural Anthropology (5)
  • ECON 100A Economic Analysis-Micro (4)
  • ECON 100B Economic Analysis-Macro (4)
  • ECON 101A Economic Theory-Micro (4)
  • ECON 101B Economic Theory-Macro (4)
  • FILM 100 History of Film Theory (4)
  • HISTART 100 Theories and Methods of Art History (4)
  • IAS 102 Scope and Methods of Research in International and Area Studies
  • Note: Since there is no second disciplinary focus class offered through this dept, courses from other depts can be used.
  • LING 100 Introduction to Linguistic Science (4)
  • LING 140 Intro to Field Methods (3)

Note: Since there is no second disciplinary focus class offered through this dept, courses from other depts can be used.

  • PEIS 101 Contemporary Theories of Political Economy (4)
  • Note: Since there is no second disciplinary focus class offered through this dept, courses from other depts can be used.
  • PHIL 100 Philosophical Methods
  • PS 112A, 112B, 112C History of Political thought (4,4,4)
  • SOC 101A, 101B, 101C Sociological Theory (5,5,5)
  • SOC 105 Introduction to Sociological Methods (5)

History Requirement (choose one)

  • HIST 100 Topics in History (when on China) (4)
  • HIST 103F Seminar on Asia (when on China) (4)
  • HIST 116A, 116B, 116C, 116D China (4,4,4,4)
  • History 117D Chinese Bodies: Medicine and Health, Sex and Gender (4)

Course list for the rest of the requirements 

  • ANTHRO 125 Asian Archaeology (4)
  • ANTHRO C125A Archaeology of East Asia (4)
  • ANTHRO C125B Archaeology and Japanese Identities (4)
  • ANTHRO 147C Globalization and Gender in Asia Pacific (4)
  • ANTHRO 170 China (4)
  • ANTHRO 171 Japan (4)
  • ANTHRO 184 South Asia (4)
  • ANTHRO C186 Southeast Asia: Cultures, States and Capitalisms in the Pacific Rim (4)
  • ASIANST 150 Topics in Asian Studies (areas of focus vary) (4)
  • BUDD C114 Tibetan Buddhism (4)
  • BUDD 181 Development of Buddhism in East and Inner Asia (4)
  • BUDD 182 Buddhism in Contemporary Society (4)
  • CHINESE 100A Advanced Chinese (5)
  • CHINESE 100AX Intermediate Chinese for Mandarin Speakers (3)
  • CHINESE 100B Advanced Chinese (5)
  • CHINESE 100BX Advanced Chinese for Mandarin Speakers (3)
  • CHINESE 101 Fourth Year Readings-Literature (4)
  • CHINESE 102 Fourth Year Readings- Social Science and History (4)
  • CHINESE 110A Intro to Literary Chinese (4)
  • CHINESE 110B Intro to Literary Chinese (4)
  • CHINESE 111 Fifth-Year Chinese A (4)
  • CHINESE 112 Fifth-Year Chinese B (4)
  • CHINESE 120 Ancient Chinese Prose (4)
  • CHINESE 122 Ancient Chinese Poetry (4)
  • CHINESE 130 Topics in Taoism (4)
  • CHINESE 132 Readings in Early Medieval Literature (4)
  • CHINESE 134 Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry (4)
  • CHINESE 136 Readings in Medieval Prose (4)
  • CHINESE 138 Readings in Chinese Drama (4)
  • CHINESE C140 Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts (4)
  • CHINESE 155 Readings in Vernacular Chinese Literature (4)
  • CHINESE 156 Modern Chinese Literature (4)
  • CHINESE 157 Contemporary Chinese Literature (4)
  • CHINESE 158 Reading Chinese Cities (4)
  • CHINESE 159 Cities and the Country (4)
  • CHINESE 161 Structure of the Chinese Language (4)
  • CHINESE 165 History of the Chinese Language (4)
  • CHINESE 180 The Story of the Stone (4)
  • CHINESE 182 Death and Funerary Practice in China (4)
  • CHINESE 183 Traditional Chinese Culture (4)
  • CHINESE C184 Sonic Culture in China (4)
  • CHINESE C185 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (4)
  • CHINESE 186 Confucius and His Interpreters (4)
  • CHINESE 188 Popular Culture in Twentieth Century China (4)
  • CHINESE 189 Chinese Landscapes (4)
  • CITYPL 115 Urbanism in Developing Countries (3)
  • EALC 100 Reading Alternative Space (4)
  • EALC 101 Catastrophe, Memory and Narrative (4)
  • EALC 102 Fantastic Histories (4)
  • EALC 103 Writing, Visuality, and the Powers of Images (4)
  • EALC 104 Tales of Two Empires: Lit & Hist of the 19th Century (4)
  • EALC 105 Dynamics of Romantic Core Values in East Asia (4)
  • EALC 106 Expressing the Ineffable in China and beyond (4)
  • EALC 107 War, Empire and Literature in East Asia (4)
  • EALC 108 Revising the Classics
  • EALC 109 History of the Culture of Tea in China and Japan (4)
  • EALC C120 Buddhism on the Silk Road (4)
  • EALC C122 Buddhist Meditation (4)
  • EALC C130 Zen Buddhism (4)
  • ECON 162 The Chinese Economy (3)
  • ECON C171 Economic Development (4)
  • ECON C181 International Trade (4)
  • ECON 183 International Economic Seminar (4)
  • FILM 160 National Cinema (when on China) (4)
  • FILM 160 National Cinema (when on Japan) (4)
  • GEOG 153 Geography of East Asia (3)
  • GEOG 164 The Geography of Economic Development in China (4)
  • GEOG 175 Undergrad Seminar (when on Asia) (4)
  • HIST 100 Topics in History (when on China) (4)
  • HIST 103F Proseminar: Asia
  • HIST 111 Topics in the History of Southeast Asia (4)
  • HIST C111B Modern Southeast Asia (4)
  • HIST 111C Political and Cultural History of Vietnam (4)
  • HIST 1113A Traditional Korean History (4)
  • HIST 113B Modern Korean History (4)
  • HIST 114A Medieval and Early Modern India to the Coming of the British (4)
  • HIST 114B Modern South Asia (4)
  • HIST 116A Early China (4)
  • HIST 116B China during the Tang and Song Dynasties (4)
  • HIST 116C Modern China (4)
  • HIST 116D Twentieth-Century China (4)
  • HIST 117A Chinese Popular Culture (4)
  • HIST 117C Reading the Visual in Chinese History (4)
  • HIST 117D The Chinese Body: Gender and Sex, Health and Medicine (4)
  • HIST 118A Archaeological Period to 1800 (4)
  • HIST 118B Japan: 1800-1900 (4)
  • HIST 118C Empire and Alienation: The 20th Century (4)
  • HIST 119A Postwar Japan (4)
  • HISTART 130A Early Chinese Art (4,4)
  • HISTART 131A Early Chinese Painting (4)
  • HISTART 131B Later Chinese Painting (4)
  • HISTART 134 Arts of the Japanese Temple (4)
  • HISTART 136A, 136B, 136 C Art of India (4,4,4)
  • HISTART 137 Art of Southeast Asia (4)
  • HISTART 190A Special Topics, Fields of Art History: Asia (4)
  • HISTART 192 Asian Seminar (4)
  • JAPANESE 100A Advanced Japanese (5)
  • JAPANESE 100B Advanced Japanese (5)
  • JAPANESE 100S Japanese for Sinologists (4)
  • JAPANESE 101 Fourth Year Readings Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 102 Fourth Year Readings: Japanese Culture (4)
  • JAPANESE 103 Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 104 Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese History (4)
  • JAPANESE 111 Fifth Year Japanese (4)
  • JAPANESE 112 Fifth Year Japanese B (4)
  • JAPANESE C115 Japanese Buddhism (4)
  • JAPANESE 120 Classical Japanese (4)
  • JAPANESE 130 Classical Japanese Poetry (4)
  • JAPANESE 132 Pre-Modern Japanese Diary Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 140 Heian Prose (4)
  • JAPANESE 142 Japanese Medieval Prose
  • JAPANESE 144 Edo Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 146 Japanese Historical Documents (4)
  • JAPANESE 155 Modern Japanese Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 159 Contemporary Japanese Literature (4)
  • JAPANESE 160 Intro to Japanese Linguistics: Grammar (4)
  • JAPANESE 161 Intro to Japanese Linguistics: Usage (4)
  • JAPANESE 163 Translation: Theory and Practice (4)
  • JAPANESE 170 Classical Japanese Literature in Translation (4)
  • JAPANESE 172 Tokyo: Biography of a City (4)
  • JAPANESE 173 Modern Japanese Lit in Translation (4)
  • JAPANESE C174 Japanese Buddhism in Diaspora (4)
  • JAPANESE 180 Ghosts and Modern Literary Imagination (4)
  • JAPANESE 185 Introduction to Japanese Cinema (4)
  • JAPANESE 186 Japanese Drama in Translation (4)
  • JAPANESE 187 Japanese Performance Forms (4)
  • JAPANESE 188 Japanese Visual Culture: Anime (4)
  • LEGALST 161 Law in Chinese Society (4)
  • MUS 131A Music of India (4)
  • MUS 133C Music and Theater in Southeast Asia (4)
  • MUS 133D Music of Central Java (4)
  • MUS 134A Music of the East Asia Tradition (4)
  • MUS 134B Music of Japan (4)
  • MUS 140 Javanese Gamelan (2)
  • NES 126 Silk Road Art and Archaeology (3)
  • PHIL 153 Chinese Philosophy (4)
  • PS Special Topics in International Relations (when on Asia) (4)
  • PS 128 Chinese Foreign Policy (4)
  • PS 138E Varieties of Capitalism: Political Economic Systems of the World (4)
  • PS 140 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (when on Asia) (4)
  • PS 143A, 143B Northeast Asian Politics (4,4)
  • PS 143C Chinese Politics (4)
  • PS 143E The Political Economy of China (4)
  • PS 144B Politics of Divided Korea (4)
  • PS 145A-B South Asian Politics (4)
  • PS 149 Special Topics (when on Asia) (4)
  • PSYCH 107 Buddhist Psychology (3)
  • REL ST C161 Early India (4)
  • REL ST C163 Religious Movements in Modern India (4)
  • REL ST C164 Religion in Medieval India (4)
  • REL ST C165 Hindu Mythology (4)
  • REL ST C166 India’s Great Epics (4)
  • SEAS 128 Introd to Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature in Translation (4)
  • SEAS 129 Mainland Southeast Asian Literature (4)
  • SEAS 130 Articulations of the Female in Indonesia (4)
  • SEAS 137 Islam and Society in Southeast Asia (4)
  • SEAS 138 Southeast Asian Cultures, Texts and Politics (4)
  • SEAS C141B Modern Southeast Asia (4)
  • SOUTHASIANST108 Psychology and Traditional India (3)
  • SOUTHASIANST 121 Classical Indian Literature in Translation (4)
  • SOUTHASIANST 124 Modern Indian Literature (3)
  • SOUTHASIANST 141 Religion in South India (4)
  • SOUTHASIANST 146 Mughal India (4)
  • SOUTHASIANST 152 Literature, Nation and Film
  • SOC 172 Development and Globalization (4)
  • SOC 183 Contemporary Chinese Society (4)
  • SOC C183 China in the 1990s: Reporting the Contradictions (4)
  • SOC 190 Seminar on Advanced Topics, when on Asia (4)
  • SSEAS 120 Topics in South and Southeast Asian Studies (4)
  • SSEAS 149 Studies in South and Southeast Asia (4)
  • SSEAS 190 Seminar in South and Southeast Asia (3)


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How to Apply

Freshmen : 

Admission to Berkeley is a two-step process: Satisfying minimum requirements and selection. The process is outlined below : 

You may apply either as a freshman or a transfer student. Berkeley does not accept applications for transfer applicants at the freshman or sophomore level, nor for the spring semester.

Applications for admission are available beginning in August of the year prior to the year in which you would enter Berkeley. The application filing period is November 1-30. All applications must be submitted by November 30.

Berkeley does not offer any early admissions or any early decisions.

Fee Waivers

The University will waive application fees for up to four campuses in order to assist students for whom payment is a barrier to application to the University. Students who qualify for fee waivers and who select more than four campuses must pay $70* for each additional choice. For the fee waiver request, please provide your family income and the number of dependents. The fee waiver program is for US citizens, permanent residents, and applicants eligible for AB540 benefits only.

There are two ways to obtain a fee waiver:

  • You can apply for a fee waiver when you submit an online application. You will be notified immediately if you qualify.
  • You may submit the College Board fee waiver. Applications for this waiver are available from your high school counselors.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Transcripts. Don't submit your transcripts to UC at this point, but refer to them as you fill out the application to ensure the information you enter is accurate.*
  • Test scores. If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, you'll have to include your scores from the ACT with Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. (If you're applying for fall, be sure to complete these tests by December). All applicants should report scores for any SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL or IELTS exams they have taken. 
  • Annual income for last year and the current year (your parents' if you're a dependent; your income if you're independent). This is optional unless you're applying for an application fee waiver or for the Educational Opportunity Program.
  • Social Security number, if you have one. We use this to match your application to things like your test score report, final transcript(s) and, if you're applying for financial aid, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Citizenship status. You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If your country of citizenship is outside the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and your visa type.
  • California Statewide Student ID (optional). Each K-12 student in California public schools is assigned an ID number. If it's not printed on your transcript, ask your counselor or registrar.
  • Credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your payment.

* Veterans or active-duty military personnel: If you completed courses offered by a branch of the U.S. military, you may indicate your intention to submit your military transcript by checking the box in the "About You" section of the application. If you are admitted and accept an offer of admission, you can then submit official military transcripts (e.g., ACE, SMAART) to the UC campus.

In addition to the basic admission requirements, the campus selects its freshman class through an assessment that includes a holistic review of your academic performance as measured primarily by:

  • Your weighted and unweighted UC grade point average (calculated using 10th and 11th-grade UC-approved courses only)
  • Your planned 12th-grade courses
  • Your pattern of grades over time
  • The number of college preparatory, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), honors and transferable college courses you have completed
  • Your level of achievement in those courses relative to other UC applicants at your school
  • Your scores on AP or IB exams
  • Your scores on the ACT Assessment Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test.

Admission of International Applicants : 

  • GPA 3.91 (unweighted)
  • ACT (middle 50%) 29-33 (average: 32)
  • SAT (middle 50%) 2050-2240 (average: 2151)
  • Number of Countries 88
  • Admitted Students 1,275
  • Admit Rate 8.8%

Financial Documentation

Before a U.S. consul will grant a visa, you must prove that you will have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while studying in the United States. You must explain the source of your funds and guarantee that you will receive them while at UC Berkeley.

Unless you are able to provide written evidence demonstrating you have adequate financial resources for the entire time needed to complete your degree program, the consul will not grant a student visa.

If your country's government limits the amount of money that may be sent to its students in the United States, you should make sure that funds will be available.

When you leave your country, you must have enough money to:

  • pay for traveling expenses to UC Berkeley
  • pay fees for the entire term
  • meet living expenses until more money reaches you
  • pay the return fare to your home

You are an international applicant if a visa is required to reside and study in the United States. A US citizen, permanent resident, refugee, or asylee who currently lives and studies outside the US is considered a domestic applicant with foreign credentials. International students in the US on a visa cannot be classified as California residents for tuition purposes


Transfer students : 

We admit transfer applicants primarily on the basis of academic performance and preparation, as assessed by a review of:

  • GPA: For most majors, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required. (GPA is recalculated and based upon grades in UC-transferable courses taken by the end of the fall term prior to admission.)
  • Completion of lower division prerequisite courses for the intended major and/or college breadth requirements
  • Grade trends

By the end of the spring term prior to fall admission you must:

  • Complete 60 transferable semester units
  • Complete courses for the major
  • Complete general education requirements 

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