Policies

Program Components Housing Withdrawal, Cancellation, and Refund
Eligibility Passport Withdrawal/Cancellation Fees and Policy
Exclusivity Visa Deadlines for Summer Cancellation/Withdrawal
Registration and Confirmation Group Flight Deadlines for Fall Cancellation/Withdrawal
Waitlist Insurance Refund
Courses Financial Aid Program Cancellation
Academic and Other Accommodations Billing and Payment Additional Information
Program Preparation Student Conduct  

Program Components

All students who take part in Global Edge are required to participate in each of the following program components:

June 18, 2017: Program Welcome & Residence Hall Move-in (UC Berkeley campus)
June 19 - August 11, 2017: Berkeley Summer Session C (UC Berkeley campus)
August 12 - December 2, 2017: UC Center London (London, UK)
January 11 - January 15, 2018: Golden Bear Orientation (Berkeley campus)

By registering for Global Edge, you are agreeing to participate in each of these program components.

Eligibility

The Global Edge program is open to new freshmen admitted into the College of Letters and Sciences & College of Natural Resources.

To be eligible to participate in the program you must be 18 years of age by August 12, 2017 and hold a valid US or EU passport at time of application. Please note there may be additional requirements for the specific Global Edge program you select.

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.

Exclusivity

Non-enrolled family members and others accompanying participants, faculty or staff of Global Edge cannot be accommodated in program lodging, courses or activities held in conjunction with the program. Program classes, excursions, guest lectures, dinners, receptions, program-provided transportation, and all other program-related activities and events are open only to those officially enrolled in the program. Summer Sessions & Study Abroad will not provide support services or assume any responsibility for those not enrolled in the program.

Registration and Confirmation

Students who have applied to Fall 2017 UC Berkeley admission by the November 30 UC application deadline 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 Cal Central checklist. Once you have selected Global Edge you must upload the required documents for review.

Each student's complete documents will be reviewed in the order received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for consideration and will jeopardize a student's registration in Global Edge.

Students 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 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.

Waitlist

The Global Edge program will accept a limited number of students on a waitlist. Students will be notified no later than June 1, 2017 if space becomes available.

Courses

All program courses are taken for Berkeley credit and will appear automatically on your Berkeley transcript. Students are advised to review the program eligibility criteria and coursework prior to registering for Global Edge to ensure all programmatic components align with their academic background and educational goals.

Global Edge students will be enrolled in their courses on a Letter grade basis by default. If students wish to select the Pass/Not Pass option, they can change their grading option via Cal Central, or they can submit a Program Enrollment Change Form by the deadline for all summer and for fall courses.

You are expected to remain at the host institution location and attend classes regularly during all academic sessions. Expect classes to be held Monday-Friday.

Academic and Other Accommodations

Global Edge participants are encouraged to disclose any accommodations (physical, academic, etc.) you may need as early as possible. Program 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. It is recommended that you reach out to the program staff and to the Disabled Students Program as accommodations are determined by an individual assessment of each student.

Program Preparation

All participants are required to attend the program 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.

Summer

Upon arrival in Berkeley, you will attend an on-campus Global Edge orientation. The on-campus orientation will serve as an introduction to UC Berkeley and the Global Edge program for incoming students. Important topics including academic advising, spring schedule planning, course registration, financial aid, and much more will be covered. Throughout the summer at UC Berkeley, you will also attend additional pre-departure workshops conducted on-campus. 

Fall

Students will receive an in depth orientation when they arrive abroad. 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.

Housing

In summer, living in the Berkeley Residence Halls is recommended but not mandatory. During fall semester abroad, you are required to live in the program housing.

For return spring housing, students will be sent an application from Cal Housing to complete by October for spring semester housing on-campus. For students seeking on-campus housing for the spring semester, you will need to complete the on-campus housing application as soon as possible, as space is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

It is your responsibility to manage your own belongings that you bring on-campus and abroad. Global Edge does not provide storage and is not responsibility for storing students belongings while on-campus and abroad.

Passport

You must hold a valid passport in order to submit your registration for the Global Edge program. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the program.  Students that submit an invalid passport will be deemed incomplete for review and be ineligible for the Global Edge program.

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.

Group Flight

During the summer in Berkeley, students will receive important group flight reservation instructions from our partner Advantage Travel. It is your responsibility to read and follow the instructions very carefully for completing and submitting your flight reservation form.
You are required to travel on the group flight from San Francisco to London. 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.

Insurance

For your fall semester abroad, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) from Berkeley and travel insurance from the UC Education Abroad Program. If an emergency situation should arise in Berkeley or abroad, you should contact local authorities and medical staff. Whenever possible, local program staff should be kept informed regarding safety concerns or issues. Information about what to do in an emergency while abroad, including emergency contact details, will be available in your Student Handbook and will also be discussed during the program pre-departure and on-site orientations.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must submit both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA to determine aid eligibility for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017. Visit Financial Aid for additional details.
You can view your aid package by doing the following:

Summer

  1. Login to Cal Central (CalNet ID required) and click on the My Financestab.
  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. Review your Communications and Tasks for any missing documents. .

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. Note: If you are unable to revise your housing option in Cal Central, you can estimate your aid using our online calculator.

In some cases, you have been offered "conditional awards” and more information may be required. These awards are not official and are subject to change. Log into Cal Central (CalNet ID required) to review your Communications and Tasks 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 any out-of-pocket expenses students may incur during the program. The charges posted directly to your Cal Central My Finances account for 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.

Billing and Payment

You do not pay at the time that you apply for the program. You will receive a bill for your summer fees and a second bill for your fall fees that will appear on your Cal Central My Finances page under Billing Summary.

Summer
Fees will be posted around the third week of the month, and payable by the 15th of the following month.

Fall
Fees will be posted in early July and your fees will be due on August 15.

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must submit BOTH the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA to determine aid eligibility for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017. Visit Financial Aid for additional details.

Program fees include tuition, 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.

Withdrawal, Cancellation, and Refund

Cancellation and Withdrawal
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. Requests must be submitted via email or in person to:

Berkeley Summer Sessions & Study Abroad
1995 University Ave. Suite 130
Berkeley, CA 94704
globaledge@berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 644-7500

Please be sure to indicate that you are a Global Edge student and review the cancellation policy carefully for details on deadlines and fees.

If you are denied admission by Berkeley Summer Sessions and Study Abroad because you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will be notified and removed from all your program courses and you will not be obligated to pay any program-related fees

If you are dropped or cancel from the Global Edge program, you will be dropped from your Global Edge required course(s). If you have additional Summer Sessions courses, it is your responsibility to drop these courses via Cal Central.

Withdrawal/Cancellation Fees and Policy

If you receive financial aid for the program and you cancel your participation, your aid will be reversed and you will receive a bill for the program tuition and fees.

For summer courses, you will receive a refund of tuition if you cancel by the Friday of the first week of class, but cancellation fees may apply.

For fall, you will be subject to the following cancellation fees should you choose to cancel your participation from the Global Edge program.

Deadlines for Summer Withdrawal/Cancellation

Cancel Registration June 16, 2017
Withdraw or Drop Courses (for refund) June 23, 2017
Withdraw or Drop Courses (no refund) June 30, 2017

Deadlines for Fall Semester Cancellation/Withdrawal

Cancel Registration – no fee owed May 12, 2017
Cancel Registration – $6,000 fee owed May 13 - July 17, 2017
Cancel Registration or Withdraw – 100% of program fee owed* July 18, 2017 or after

*Program fee includes Student Activities and Services Fee, Participation Fee, Housing, Airfare, SHIP, and UCEAP Travel Insurance. Campus rules and policies apply to tuition. Read more about cancellation and withdrawal. Please visit http://registrar.berkeley.edu/how-to-enroll-in-classes/cancellation-withdrawal for more information.

Refund

We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing Summer Sessions courses. If you need to drop or withdraw from Summer Sessions after the refund deadline, you may request an appeal to the refund policy. Please visit http://summer.berkeley.edu/registration/refund for more information on the Summer Sessions refund process.

Program Cancellation

Summer Sessions & Study Abroad reserves the right to cancel Global Edge. In the event that your program is canceled, you will be notified by a program advisor who will discuss your options with you. Summer Sessions & Study Abroad is not responsible for any costs incurred regarding air travel or personal expenses. We highly recommended that you do not proceed with making travel plans until you are confirmed as a participant.

Additional Information

In preparation for Global Edge, it is important that you actively research and ask appropriate questions to get the answers that you need. Additional program and general travel information can be obtained from some of the following resources:

Student Conduct

Any violation of the Berkeley Code of Conduct occurring while participating on the Global Edge program may result in dismissal from the program, and will also be reported to the UC Berkeley Center for Student Conduct which may lead to further sanctions as deemed appropriate by the University.