To be considered for admission to UC Berkeley, international applicants must:

  • finish secondary school and

  • earn a certificate of completion, which allows admission to a university in their home country or country of graduation


  • Students who have completed the IGCSE or O-level exams have not yet met the requirements for admission at UC Berkeley. 

  • The university requires further study, either completion of the two-year A-level program with a minimum of three academic exams

  • You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Levels, and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level exams to be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate

  • You must report grades exactly as they appear on your official academic records (that includes the secondary school transcript and exam report from the International Baccalaureate Organization.)
  • If your school releases predicted scores for the diploma exams, you should enter the predicted scores on the International External Exams.
  • If predicted IB scores are not available at the time you submit the application, you do not need to report them on the application.

English Language Requirement

Proficiency in English is critical to success at UC Berkeley. You can demonstrate proficiency by taking one of these exams and earning the required scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 or better (Berkeley prefers 100)
  • International English Language testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5
  • DuoLingo English Test (DET) with a minimum score of 115 

Other ways for international students to meet the language requirement includes: 

  • 3+ years of Language of Instruction (LOI) in English
  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition
  • Score 6 or 7 on the IB Standard Level examination in English (Language A only)
  • Score 5, 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level examination in English (Language A only)

Letters of Recommendations (Optional)

Letters of recommendation are not compulsory at the time of application.

Portfolio (Optional)

A portfolio is beneficial but not required at the time of application.

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