For undergraduate applicants interested in UC Berkeley

Update: August 2020

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 offering undergraduate scholarships. The eight year program from 2012 to 2020 that included undergraduate recruitment has ended. The UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program will continue to recruit Graduate Scholars for two-year degree programs through 2028. Otherwise, UC Berkeley does not offer financial aid to international students. Other partner institutions in the Scholars Program continuing recruiting undergraduates, and prospective applicants should contact those institutions for more information. A list of MCF Partners offering undergraduate scholarships follows:

  • African Leadership Academy
  • African Leadership University
  • American University of Beirut
  • Ashesi University College
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • Sciences Po
  • United States International University-Africa
  • University of Abomey-Calavi
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Gondar
  • University of Pretoria
  • Wellesley College

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 the Admissions office.

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:

UC Berkeley no longer requires the SAT or ACT. English language proficiency is critical to success at UC Berkeley. You can demonstrate proficiency by taking one of these exams and earning the required scores: TOEFL or IELTS.

Requirement for international students are list here:

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