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UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension was founded in 1891. It is a continuing education division of the University of California, Berkeley. 

University History

In 1891 UC Berkeley Extension was founded. In 1891, three professors crossed the Bay by ferry to offer courses in San Francisco in history (Prof. Bacon), mathematics (Prof. Stringham) and English literature (Prof. Gayley), after which university extension came into life. On February 14, 1893, UC Berkeley adopted an extramural instruction plan and authorized extension courses to be taught in California. In 1902, the University Extension became a self-organizing body and Henry Morse Stephens was appointed Director of University Extension. In 1912, Ira W. Howarth was appointed as a director. Howarth made a district organization to extend the University Extension's reach to communities outside of Berkeley. 

In 1915, the extension started offering classes in Southern California. In 1917, Leon J. Richardson was appointed as director. Baldwin Woods was appointed as a director during World War II and authorized the extension to train women for defense jobs during wartime. In 2008, Diana Wu was appointed Dean of the UC Berkeley Extension. In 2012, Wu was also appointed as the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE). 

University Programs, Courses and Schools

UC Berkeley Extension offers 9 areas of study on campus. The campus offers wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 9 areas of study at UC Berkeley Extension are;

  • Art and Design
  • Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Business
  • Construction and Sustainability
  • Education
  • Humanities and Languages
  • Sciences, Mathematics
  • and Biotechnology
  • Technology and
  • Information Management
  • Writing, Editing and
  • Technical Communication

University Achievements/ USP

UC Berkeley Extension is ranked #1 in Environment/ Ecology by US News and World Report and is ranked #3 overall. It is ranked among Top 10 universities. It is one of the top Public Universities in the nation. It is ranked #22 among national universities. UC Berkeley Extension is known for offering professional certificates, specialized programs of study and another organized curriculum in a variety of subject areas. 

University Notable Alumni

UC Berkeley Extension’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the university. The university has an extensive alumni network.

University infrastructure & services


UC Berkeley Extension is the leading educator in Berkeley, California. There are specialists for every field. The university is the key industry leader and academic experts guide the creation of University of California-approved curriculum. Each course provided is packed with practical information so that students can put it into practice in real-time. Everything is designed to provide identified, in-demand jobs for students. Courses are built according to students which allow students to master desired skills in a short-time period. The campus provides flexible classrooms. University’s world-class academics, vibrant campus life and unique urban setup attracts students from across the world. 


Library at UC Berkeley Extension is an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The library offers a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at UC Berkeley Extension. The library has a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The library provides flexible and well-equipped surroundings for everyone's research and learning needs. The library supports the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contributes to advancements in teaching and research programs                                                   

Housing services-

On-campus: UC Berkeley Extension housing and Residence Life offers dormitories and student residences where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. The UC Berkeley Extension residences offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. Some of the residing places on-campus are- The Berk, Casa Cedar, PSR housing, Regent housing and Spectra Southside. The University’s housing is perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select a room of their choice based on costs, facilities and availability. Through University’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in University’s residence halls are- 

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Residence Life staff support
  • Programming created around a residential curriculum
  • 24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- UC Berkeley Extension assists students in finding off-campus housing near University’s campus. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university. The rental accommodation near the university includes Apartments, Suites and sharing rooms.

Medical services-

UC Berkeley Extension provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which response immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high-quality medical care to students.

Student’s clubs-

UC Berkeley Extension offers more than 1,200 students’ clubs and organizations which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus. 

University location

1995 University Ave., Suite 200

Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

Top Landmarks-

  • Thornburg Village
  • Thorsen House
  • The Campanile
  • Berkeley Pier
  • Albany Bulb
  • Sather Gate
  • Wolf Haus

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

UC Berkeley Extension offers Undergraduate programs, Graduate programs and certificate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • 3D Animation and VFX 
  • Abstract Drawing and Painting 
  • Accessibility in UX Design 
  • Adobe Digital Tools 
  • Advanced Revit 
  • AutoCAD 
  • Business Practices for Interior Designers 
  • Chinese Calligraphy 
  • Color Theory and Application for Interiors
  • Communication Design Graphics With the iPad 
  • Biological Psychology 
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy as a Career Option 
  • Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan 
  • Electronic Health Record Systems and Beyond 
  • Emerging Adulthood 
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in HealthCare 
  • Evaluating Health Information for Health Care Communication and Decision Making 
  • General Nutrition 
  • Health Care Advocacy and the Role of Cultural Diversity 

Student Support-

 The International Student and Scholar Services office at UC Berkeley Extension provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

Only people who are enrolled full time in classes or are obtaining a degree are considered to be students for visa purposes. Individuals will probably have one of two types of non-immigrant status:

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program has multiple categories in which foreign nationals may come to the United States to engage in research collaboration, instruction, and lecturing. The university offers three categories of Exchange Visitors: Professor, Research Scholar, and Short-Term Scholar.

  • Professor: A foreign national whose primary purpose is teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited academic institutions, museums, libraries, or similar types of institutions. A professor also may conduct research where authorized by the sponsor. (Minimum: 3 weeks; Maximum: 5 Years)
  • Research Scholar: A foreign national whose primary purpose is conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. A research scholar also may teach or lecture where authorized by the sponsor. (Minimum: 3 weeks; Maximum: 5 Years)
  • Short-Term Scholar: A foreign national who is a professor, research scholar, or person with similar education or accomplishments who enters the United States for a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. (Minimum: N/A; Maximum: 6 Month)
  • After you have been accepted to study at CSUMB, you will receive a Form I-20 document in your admission package with your official admission letter and can begin the student visa application process.

How to apply for your F-1 visa-

  • Verify your information – Form I-20
  • Passport must match your name and date of birth (DOB)
  • Program dates match the length of the program you've selected
  • Immediately contact CSUMB if any of your information is incorrect

Complete the online visa application – Form DS-160

  • Complete the online visa application
  • Print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must meet photograph requirements
  • Schedule an interview - at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. embassy or consulate, but it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your permanent residence. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category. Apply for your visa as early as possible.
  • Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for your visa interview. The fee must be paid online.

Gather required documentation

  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Non-immigrant visa application
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Attend your visa interview – be sure to take your required documents (and all documents your local U.S. consulate requires) to your visa interview.

Canadian citizens do NOT need to go to the U.S. consulate to obtain a visa to enter the U.S.

International Student Contact-

International Admissions 

Phone No.- (510) 642-2564

E-mail- [email protected] 

Student life

Student society-

UC Berkeley Extension’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the UC Berkeley Extension put on some of the most highly anticipated campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. UC Berkeley Extension has more than 1200 student organizations, so there is something for each student. 

Sports and fitness-

UC Berkeley Extension provides activities that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The university provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy. The university offers; a sports & wellness center, intramural sport, club sports, fitness rooms etc.

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the UC Berkeley Extension is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need. 

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the UC Berkeley Extension doesn’t provide on-campus accommodation. University assists students in finding nearby accommodation hassle-free.

Food & drink-

UC Berkeley Extension provides dining on the campus.  Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. The dining plan offers different dining options which include special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short-term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the UC Berkeley Extension to have fun like- 

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • Botanical Garden
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Campanile tours
  • Noon concerts
  • Strawberry Creek

and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part-time jobs

The Career Center at UC Berkeley Extension provides employment opportunities to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. The Office of Student Employment helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience that enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

UC Berkeley Extension keeps safety a priority. The University's Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.    

Famous courses

The famous courses at UC Berkeley Extension are-

  • 3D Animation and VFX 
  • Abstract Drawing and Painting 
  • Accessibility in UX Design 
  • Adobe Digital Tools 
  • Advanced Revit 
  • AutoCAD 
  • Business Practices for Interior Designers 
  • Chinese Calligraphy 

Campus recruitment


The Placement Office at UC Berkeley Extension has an award-winning placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The university hosts recruitment events and boot camps to provide jobs to students.

Famous companies who recruit directly from UC Berkeley Extension –

  • Apple
  • Google
  • Deloitte
  • Law Firms

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

UC Berkeley Extension Programs

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UC Berkeley Extension Application Requirements

Acceptance Rate

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in UC Berkeley Extension in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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UC Berkeley Extension Cost of studies


International Diploma:

USD $13,600(4-Month IDP),

USD $16,600 (8-Month Program: IDP + Internship)

USD $29,300 (12-Month Program: MBT)

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

UC Berkeley Extension Deadlines

Summer- March 19 2018, Fall- July 16 2018, Spring 2019- November 19 2018.

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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