Undergraduate Application Process

Update: July 2016

Prospective undergraduate students from Sub-Saharan African countries are welcome to apply to the University of California, Berkeley. Information on the process can be found on the Admissions site and below. However, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley will not be soliciting applications for undergraduate scholarships for fall 2017 or beyond. As an eight year program from 2012 to 2020, the undergraduate recruitment phase has ended. The UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will continue to recruit Graduate Scholars for two-year degree programs that begin in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018. Otherwise, UC Berkeley does not offer financial aid to international students. Other partner institutions in the Scholars Program are still recruiting undergraduates, and prospective applicants should contact those institutions for more information. A list of MCF Partners offering undergraduate scholarships follows:

  • Ashesi University, Ghana
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda
  • Duke University, USA
  • EARTH University, Costa Rica
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • McGill University, Canada
  • Michigan State University, USA
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Wellesley College, USA

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Application Information

Deadline: Undergraduate applications are due November 30th

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**Please note that although there is one common application for all 10 University of California campuses, UC Berkeley was the only UC campus to offer the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

Educational Level: You have already completed or are enrolled in your last year of secondary school, but have not yet started university classes. Applicants who have enrolled in university courses cannot apply as freshmen. If you have questions about your status, please contact us.

Choosing a College and Major

  • UC Berkeley has 5 colleges and over 100 majors. When applying to UC Berkeley, you must choose one college.
  • Explore over 100 majors that Berkeley has to offer!
  • You can enter undeclared, meaning you will choose your major after taking a variety of classes during your first two years. However, if you know you want to be an engineer, make sure you apply to either the College of Engineering or the College of Chemistry, depending on your focus.
  • Some majors are impacted, meaning that applying to them will lower your chances of admission. For instance, if you are interested in pursuing Chemical Engineering, explore other opportunities for studying Chemistry offered through the College of Letters and Science. Similarly, if you are interested in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also consider Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science.

Tests and Requirements:

Be sure to register for and take all tests on time. Berkeley cannot waive or cover fees relating to tests required for admission. You may apply for an Opportunity Grant through the EducationUSA office in your country.

Required tests include:

  1. SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment Plus Writing. Be sure to take your admissions tests no later than December of your senior year — preferably earlier — to ensure that your application receives prompt and full consideration.
  2. TOEFL or IELTS. International students from non-English speaking countries must complete one of these tests:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - a score of 7 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
    • These scores must be received no later than January for students applying for the fall term.
  3. (Optional) SAT Subject Tests are recommended for the College of Engineering and the College of Chemistry

Here is a resource from EducationUSA for understanding the tests required.

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