Frequently Asked Questions

General

I want to apply for Global Edge but don't have a passport. What can I do?

You must hold a valid passport in order to register for the Global Edge program. Your passport must be valid through at least May 2, 2017.

You can find all the information you need to apply for, or renew, your passport on the U.S. Department of State website. Passport processing can take up to a few months so apply as early as possible! Since Global Edge is a popular program with limited space, we can't hold spots for students who do not have a valid passport.

What happens if I am on the waitlist?

Students will be notified no later than June 1, 2017 if space becomes available.

  • If you are a student admitted for Fall 2017 on the Global Edge waitlist and do not get a space in the program, your admit status will default to an August 2017 start.

I am an international student. Is there anything I need to know?

If you are an international student planning on applying for Global Edge, when you are filling out your Nonimmigrant Information Form (NIF) through the Berkeley International Office, select June 21 as your start date. Please wait to complete the NIF until you are officially admitted into Global Edge.

Enrollment

Who can enroll in Global Edge?

New freshmen admitted into the College of Letters and Sciences or College of Natural Resources who meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid United States or European Union passport at time of registration (must be valid through May 2, 2018)
  • Be 18 yrs. old by August 12, 2017

International students are eligible to participate in the Global Edge program as long as you meet all eligibility criteria and are able to obtain the necessary visa for your program country.

How do I enroll in Global Edge?

After selecting a Global Edge program, registered students will receive confirmation of their participation in the Global Edge program on a rolling basis via email from Global Edge program staff.

Students that have applied to UC Berkeley for Fall 2017 admission by the November 30 UC application deadline will receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions containing information on how to express interest in the Global Edge program.

Eligible students will receive admission to UC Berkeley through the student application portal (MAP@Berkeley) and must first submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before registering for Global Edge. You can register by selecting Global Edge on your CalCentral checklist. Once you have selected Global Edge you must upload the required documents for review.

Complete documents for each student will be reviewed in the order received. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed for consideration and will jeopardize a student's registration in Global Edge.
Students will receive a confirmation of their participation in the Global Edge program on a rolling basis via email from Global Edge program staff.

If a student initially chooses Global Edge and decides not to participate in the program, a Program Enrollment Change Form must be submitted; nonrefundable program expenses will be incurred.

How do I remove "Global Edge" from my CalCentral checklist?

To remove the item, click here.

I received a notification that my registration is missing documents. What do I do next?

Your registration for Global Edge is incomplete and will not be processed until all required documents have been received. Since Global Edge is a popular program with limited space, we can't hold spots for students who are missing documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are submitted. If you experiencing any issues uploading your required documents through the Global Edge online registration page, please contact globaledge@berkeley.edu.

Courses

How do I pick my classes?

You'll select summer courses as part of the online registration for Global Edge. You will enroll in fall courses abroad during the summer at Berkeley.

How many classes can I take?

We recommend a maximum of two courses during summer. For the fall, you must be enrolled in four courses to maintain student visa eligibility.

Can I take a class Passed/Not Passed?

You will be enrolled in courses on a Letter grade basis by default. If you wish to take a course on a Passed/Not Passed basis, you must submit a Program Enrollment Change Form. If you have any questions about taking a class Pass/Not Pass for Global Edge, please contact your current/intended major advisor for assistance.

How do I make changes to my course selection?

Students can change their course selection via CalCentral for changes to courses taken on campus in Summer, except for any course which is a required course for all participants. If you would like to request a waiver out of a required course, please contact Global Edge staff for more information.

For changes to course selection while abroad, students must submit a Program Enrollment Change Form.

Who will be teaching my courses abroad in the fall?

Fall courses are taught by world-renowned faculty appointed by UC Berkeley. Fall courses are designed by UC Berkeley Academic departments along the Berkeley model with continual assessment and multiple assignments.

Will I be required to purchase any textbooks for my courses abroad?

Yes, some of your courses abroad will require you to purchase a textbook and/or e-book prior to your departure. Many course textbooks/e-books can be found through Amazon, CourseSmart and other sites. You will receive more information during your pre-departure orientation in Berkeley

Can CNR students with the intent to study biology participate in Global Edge?

If you are intended/declared in Molecular Environmental Biology, Microbial Biology, Environmental Sciences or Nutritional Sciences, it would be best to contact your advisor to discuss and plan your first-year coursework. Your advisor can work with you to plan the best schedule to meet your academic goals.

I'm in CNR and intended pre-med/pre-health. Would participating in Global Edge affect my academic progress?

Pre-health/pre-med students have a rigorous curriculum to complete at Berkeley. Well-prepared students can participate with careful planning but it may affect your course load in subsequent semesters. If you have any questions about curriculum planning for Global Edge, please contact your current/intended major advisor for assistance.

I'm a CNR student, how do I register for Spring courses while I'm still abroad?

Your registration time for Spring will be posted to CalCentral at about the time the spring schedule becomes available to view. Before registration begins, you will receive instructions from your CNR advisor requesting your intended class schedule. Your advisor will review your courses, provide feedback, and remove the advisor block on your record after schedule approval.

Orientation

What is the orientation program?

During the summer students will receive an on-campus orientation when they arrive on UC Berkeley campus. The on-campus orientation will serve as an introduction to UC Berkeley and the Global Edge program. Important topics including academic advising, spring schedule planning, course registration, financial aid, and much more will be covered during the on-campus orientation.

When they arrive abroad, students will receive an in depth weeklong orientation. During this orientation, students will meet UC Center Director and staff and receive extensive information about health, safety and emergency procedures; program academics and housing; the local area and transportation; and take part in a cultural excursion day trip.

During the summer session and while abroad you will have access to various online orientation modules that will serve as a foundation for your student career at UC Berkeley. You will be responsible for completing the online orientation modules that appear in your CalCentral Task list including Golden Bear Prep and Think About It.

Prior to the start of the spring semester, all Global Edge students are required to attend the Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) on the UC Berkeley campus. Golden Bear Orientation will take place for Global Edge students on January 11-15, 2018. Move-in day for Global Edge students will be January 11, 2018.

The orientation includes academic advising and College-specific programming, community-building events, mandated critical trainings, and much more to help assist you upon your return to campus.

Details regarding GBO and the online orientation modules will be discussed during your summer at Cal and Fall semester in London.

Do I have to attend orientation and preparatory workshops?

Participants are required to attend orientation and other preparatory workshops conducted by UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and student services. If the student is unable to attend for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to notify program staff.

Cancellation and Withdrawal

What if I need to withdraw from the program?

To cancel your participation in Global Edge before departure or withdraw after you have begun the program, you must submit a Program Enrollment Change Form. Writing an email or talking to program staff about your intention to cancel is not considered an official request. Please see our Policies for more information.

What happens if the program is canceled?

In the unlikely event that the Global Edge program is canceled, participants will receive a refund of all fees. In the event that the program is canceled, you will be notified by Global Edge staff who will discuss your options with you. Please refer to our Policies page for more information.

What happens if my registration has been canceled because I don't meet the criteria for Global Edge?

If you are a student admitted to UC Berkeley for Fall 2017 start and don't meet the criteria for Global Edge, your registration will be canceled and your admit status will default to an August 2017 start.

Travel

Do I need a passport to participate in Global Edge? How do I apply for one?

Yes, you must hold a valid passport in order to register for the Global Edge program. You can find all the information you need to apply for, or renew, your passport on the U.S. Department of State website. Passport processing can take up to a few months so apply as early as possible!

Do I need a visa?

Depending on your citizenship status you may need to obtain visa. There may be different requirements for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. It is your responsibility to prepare any visa documents that are necessary to enter the country based on your citizenship status. You will receive visa instructions upon confirmation to the program and during your pre-departure orientation in Berkeley. Global Edge is not responsible for ensuring that you have the appropriate visa or documentation.

How will I travel to my abroad location after Summer Sessions ends?

You will travel on a group flight from San Francisco to your abroad location. Global Edge staff will serve as chaperones and accompany participants abroad. Upon arrival abroad, a charted bus will take participants and chaperons from the airport to their housing.

Am I required to take the group flight?

Yes, you are required to travel on the group fight from San Francisco to your abroad location. On the return flight, you may change your reservation to return on a later date or fly into a city other than San Francisco. You will be responsible for any change fees and costs associated with changing your reservation.

Can I travel while abroad?

Many students take advantage of the proximity of other European countries and relatively inexpensive flights to travel on weekends. Due to the academic rigor of the program, we highly recommended that you do not proceed with making travel plans until you have adjusted to your academic schedule and environment abroad.

Can family members join me on the program?

Dependents or other accompanying persons are not allowed on this program.

Housing

Do I have to live in program housing?

Living in the Residence Halls is recommended but not mandatory during summer in Berkeley. However, you are required to live in the program housing during fall semester abroad.

How is my roommate selected?

You will complete a housing form with a series of questions intended to help match participants, and be matched with a roommate based on information provided. You and another participant may also request to be assigned together as roommates. Due to the complexity of program logistics, we cannot guarantee roommate matching.

Please consult our Policies page for additional information on housing.

Billing and Payment

What are the fees?

Tuition is based on a per unit cost. Global Edge participants will be charged according to the number of units in which they choose to enroll. A Campus Fee of $326 and Class Pass of $35 will also be charged.

Program fees include pre-departure preparation, onsite orientation program, excursions, center activities, and 24/7 emergency support, as well as administrative, academic and programmatic support abroad.

Students are responsible for meals and other out-of-pocket personal costs not covered by the program. Personal expenses (souvenirs, daily individual transportation, medical expenses, toiletries, etc.) are universally excluded from the program fee.

For more information on Billing and Payment, please visit our Policies page.

Financial Aid

Are scholarships available?

Yes. The first 50 registered students will automatically receive a $2,000 scholarship award. This award will be applied towards your round trip airfare ($1275) from SFO-London & the remainder ($725) towards program fees.

Does my fall semester financial aid cover summer?

You will need to apply for summer financial aid separately by completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA. You can get an estimate of how much financial aid you might receive.

How many units must I be enrolled in to qualify for summer financial aid?

To qualify for summer financial aid you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units.

How much financial aid will I be eligible for in summer?

Summer financial aid differs from the academic year and is based on your actual summer enrollment. Financial aid is more limited in the summer than the regular academic year. You will not be awarded summer aid or be able to view your aid package until you have actually enrolled in your summer courses and have met all other summer aid eligibility requirements

You can get an estimate of how much financial aid you might receive.

Can I see my aid package before I commit to the program?

You can view your aid package by doing the following:

Summer

  1. Login to Cal Central (CalNet ID required) and click on  the My Finances tab.
  2. Select 2016-17 from the drop down menu under Financial Aid and Scholarships and click Details.
  3. Your financial aid awards will appear on the right hand side of the screen if you have been offered aid.

You will be awarded summer financial aid 2-3 business days after enrolling in your summer courses if you meet all other summer aid eligibility requirements. Summer financial aid differs from the academic year and is based on the actual number of units enrolled for summer. Your financial aid package will depend on your financial need, summer enrollment, and eligibility for grants and loans. Waitlisted units are not considered when evaluating eligibility for summer financial aid. See Summer Aid information for more details.

Fall Semester

  1. Log into Cal Central and click on the My Finances tab.
  2. Select 2017-18 from the drop down menu under Financial Aid and Scholarships and click Details.
  3. Under your Financial Aid and Scholarships Profile, you can estimate your awards for Global Edge by updating your housing type to Fall Global Edge and the appropriate housing status for when you return in Spring (i.e. Residence Hall, Off Campus, Living with Relatives, etc). This will update your Cost of Attendance and your aid package accordingly so you can see how your aid package would change if you participated in Global Edge this fall.
    Note: Any housing changes you report will only revise your Cost of Attendance and your Financial Aid Awards but will not release you from or commit you to a University housing contract or the Global Edge program. If you are unable to revise your housing option, you can estimate your aid using our online calculator.

In some cases, more information is required and you have been offered "conditional awards." These awards are not official and are subject to change. Log into Cal Central (CalNet ID required) to review your Communications and submit all required documents and information.

Fall semester aid does not cover summer. You will need to apply for summer financial aid separately by completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Students should consult with Cal Student Central and review types of aid and eligibility for both summer and fall. When the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office calculates the amount of aid offered for participation in Global Edge, they consider not only the tuition and program fee charges, but also out-of-pocket expenses students may incur during the program. The charges are posted directly to your Cal Central My Finances account. The tuition and the program fee are part of the total expenses that will be incurred while abroad.

If a student requires financial aid to cover program costs, it is their responsibility to obtain confirmation in advance of any program deadlines. Inability to pay the program fee or tuition is not a valid reason to receive a refund of the fees associated with the Global Edge program.

Even if a student receives financial aid for the program, if the student then decides to cancel their participation, their aid will be reversed and the student will receive a bill posted on their CalCentral My Finances page.

Accommodations

How do I request accommodations?

Students are encouraged to disclose any accommodations (physical, academic, etc.) they may need as early as possible. The Global Edge staff will work with you through the interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations to the extent possible given the realities of the country to which you will be traveling and the time at which the accommodation request is made. Students who disclose needs at the last minute, or who require accommodations that cannot be made available in the host country, may be advised against participation.

In order to request academic accommodations, please visit the UC Berkeley Disabled Student's Program (DSP) website and follow the steps for "New Students" to request accommodations. You will work directly with DSP to request accommodations needed for your on-campus summer courses/participation. Once an assessment of your needs is made, you will need to obtain a letter from DSP documenting your accommodation requests for the portion of your Global Edge program. The letter must be on letterhead and must be signed. Please submit the letter to Global Edge via email at globaledge@berkeley.edu.

If you have other accommodations that you will need, please contact Global Edge via email at globaledge@berkeley.edu.

Return Information

What happens when I return to Berkeley in the spring?

Preparation for your return to Berkeley in the spring will begin in October. While abroad you will be responsible for consulting with your UC Berkeley academic adviser regarding spring course selection. After consulting with your adviser you will select your spring courses and register for them on-line at the same time as the rest of your first-year classmates at Berkeley. For students seeking on-campus housing, you will need to complete the on-campus application.

During the summer session, students will attend a Preparing for Fall/Spring workshop in which representatives from various departments including, Housing, L&S Advising, and Financial Aid will discuss important dates, deadlines, and processes you need to be aware of while abroad.

During the summer session and while abroad you will have access to various online orientation modules that will serve as a foundation for your student career at UC Berkeley. You will be responsible for completing the online orientation modules that appear in your CalCentral Task list including Golden Bear Prep and Think About It.

Prior to the start of the spring semester, all Global Edge students are required to attend the Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) on the UC Berkeley campus. Golden Bear Orientation will take place for Global Edge students on January 11-15, 2018. Move-in day for Global Edge students will be January 11, 2018.

The orientation includes academic advising and College-specific programming, community-building events, mandated critical trainings, and much more to help assist you upon your return to campus.

Details regarding GBO and the online orientation modules will be discussed during your summer at Cal and Fall semester in London.