University of California

University of California is regarded as one of the most popular places for pursuing higher education by international students. The University of California has 10 campuses, the oldest one being UC Berkeley and the newest one being UC Merced. The other campuses are in Davis, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. UC Hastings also forms a part of this university though it is not a part of the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) campus.

Name of the Institution University of California
Type of Institution Public University
Location 1111 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94607
Courses Offered
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
Departments/ Branches
  • English
  • Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language other than English
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Statistics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Art
  • Economics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Business
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
Admission Procedure/ Eligibility Criteria Application for undergraduate courses are on the following dates:

Fall semester – November 1-30

Winter semester – July 1-31

Spring semester – October 1-31

Applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 years of high school/college courses. The minimum grade point average (GPA) required is 3.0 for a CA resident and 3.4 for a nonresident.


Some programs require applicants to qualify in SAT or Act examinations.

Depending on the level of education, international students can apply either as a freshman (who have completed their secondary education and never have been enrolled as a full-time university student) or a transfer student (who have completed 90-quarter or 60-semester unit of university/college credits.

International students (whose mother tongue is not English) need to qualify in TOEFL, with a minimum score of 550 for paper-based examination, and 80 for internet-based examination.Those appearing for IELTS need to score a minimum of 7.

Scholarships/Financial Aid International students are not offered financial assistance or any such aid by the university. A very limited number of loans, scholarships or grants are offered to international undergraduates in some campuses.

Students coming from the university’s EAP (Education Abroad Program) may be considered to have their tuition fees and other expenses waived off.

Fee Structure For a 9-month academic year,

Tuition Fee: $34,164

Health Insurance: $1,046

Books and Supplies: $1,565

Transportation or other personal expenses: $2,575

Living expenses: $12,980

Established in the Year 1868
Facts & Figures Among the 10 campuses, 8 are ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, 6 among top 50 and 2 among top 25, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. News and World Report in 2011.

According to a survey done by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2011 the university’s Berkley campus ranked 2nd among top private and public universities. The other campuses – San Diego and Los Angeles are ranked among top 15 leading universities of the world.

University of California operates 5 medical centers throughout the state.

Events The university sponsors conferences for educators and counselors to update them about the latest admission guidelines and procedure.
Distance Learning University of California offers online learning that are mainly of 2 types- a) self-paced and b) fixed-date. Students can pursue courses included in the former category at their own pace and enroll anytime in a year. For the latter type, the university offers courses on semester basis. Some of the programs offered under self-paced online courses are:

  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Clinical & Regulatory Sciences
  • Database Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • Editing
  • Finance
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Graphic & Interactive Design
  • Information Systems & Management
  • Architecture
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Programming Languages & Object-Oriented Programming
  • Personal Financial Planning & Wealth Management
  • Real Estate
  • Project Management
  • Public Health & Health Management
  • Visual Arts