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Prearrival

  1. 1. New International Student Pre-Arrival Webinar Spring 2014 Sasha Chang Rebecca Sablo Berkeley International Office Paulette Greisner UC Education Abroad Program
  2. 2. Welcome! Sasha Chang •International Student Advisor •Berkeley International Office Rebecca Sablo • Assistant Director for Student Services • Berkeley International Office Paulette Greisner • Director • UC Education Abroad Program
  3. 3. Webinar Agenda • • • • • • • University of California, Berkeley Berkeley International Office (BIO) Finding housing Campus resources for international students Travel information Student panelists Questions
  4. 4. GoToWebinar Control Panel • Feel free to ask questions using the question chat box
  5. 5. University of California, Berkeley • • • • • Founded in 1868 Top 10 university nationwide 350 degree programs 22 Nobel Laureates Home of Oski the Bear
  6. 6. Student Statistics Fall 2013 Enrollment Data • 5,645 international students from 120 different nations – 61.22% of all students are undergraduate level. – 38.78% of all students are graduate level. • 2,039 new international students Spring 2014 • 151 new international students
  7. 7. Berkeley International Office (BIO) • • • • • • • International student orientation Personal and cultural adjustment Navigating the campus Non-academic assistance Visa-related advising Workshops Social programs Appointments (510) 642-2818 Drop-In advising (M-F, 10-12, 1:30-4
  8. 8. BIO Website • • • • • • Information and tutorials International student stories Student request forms Contact information Events calendar Campus and community resources Bookmark BIO website on your computer!
  9. 9. BIO Facebook page Facebook.com/BerkeleyInternationalOffice • Stay informed about upcoming events and workshops! • Keep in touch with your fellow Cal students from around the world! Like Berkeley International Office page on Facebook!
  10. 10. Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad (BPSA) • EAP advisor - Scott McElhinney – – – – scottmc@berkeley.edu (510) 642-5820 160 Stevens Hall, near clock tower Drop-in advising hours • Monday 3-4pm • Tuesday 2-3pm • Thursday 11am-12pm Ask Scott about EAP policies or procedures (if you aren’t sure whom to ask for help, whether it’s academic, administrative, or personal in nature, you can contact Scott).
  11. 11. Transfer, Re-entry & Student Parent Center • Transfer student program • Transfer student guide • trsp.berkeley.edu
  12. 12. BPSA, Stephens Hall TRSP Center, César E. Chávez Student Center BIO, International House
  13. 13. Finding Housing
  14. 14. On-Campus Housing • • • • Residence Halls* International House* Shared apartments/suites* Single or family apartments – Usually reserved for graduate students, and students with spouses or children * No longer available for Spring 2014, but students are encouraged to apply for Summer or Fall 2014
  15. 15. On-Campus Housing Things to consider: • Eligibility • Application deadlines • Distance from campus • Amenities • Room occupancy • Social environment http://www.housing.berkeley.edu/housing/
  16. 16. Off-Campus Housing Resources • Cal Rentals • Berkeley Student Cooperative • Craigslist – craigslist.org Things to consider • Safety • Lease length • Security deposit • Communicating with the leasing office
  17. 17. Campus Resources
  18. 18. Academic Resources for undergraduates students College Advisor • Planning your semester • Course selection and recommendations • University & college policies • Academic difficulty Professors • Developing research interests • Discussing course content & questions • Understanding faculty expectations Department Advisor • Major or minor requirements • Earning credit for internships • Getting advice about working with faculty
  19. 19. Academic Resources for graduate students • A faculty member in the department • Usually assigned to all new grad students • Course selection Graduate Advisor Primary Advisor • Developing research interests • Direct thesis or dissertation • Graduate Student Affairs Officer • Enrolling in classes • GSI/GSR appointments • Department policies GSAO • Academic Services Unit • Graduate & University Policies • Forms for Degree Progress & Completion • 3rd floor Sproul Hall • Grad.berkeley.edu Graduate Division
  20. 20. UC Berkeley Student Systems
  21. 21. CalNet ID • Go to https://calnet.berkeley.edu/ • Create CalNet ID – Follow instructions using Student ID and PIN that you will receive in a separate email
  22. 22. Campus E-mail (bMail) • • • • bmail.berkeley.edu Need student ID and passphrase Required for all students Used by staff and professors to contact students
  23. 23. Bearfacts • • • • • http://bearfacts.berkeley.edu Used to update local address, phone number, email Contains personal information and academic records Also used for paying campus fees “Warn Me” service
  24. 24. Tuition and Fee Payment • CARS (Campus Accounts Receivable System) • Online statements: – E-mailed – Records at bearfacts.berkeley.edu • Pay: – Fees due January 15 or enroll in deferred payment – Online at: bearfacts.berkeley.edu
  25. 25. Packing Instructions
  26. 26. Packing for your trip • Check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website www.cbp.gov • Check in advance with your airline the weight and maximum dimensions allowed for baggage • Consider Berkeley’s weather – Winter temperatures 6 C to 14 C – Summer temperatures 12 C to 24 C
  27. 27. Packing for your trip • Food items (help.cbp.gov) • Prescription medications – In original containers – Up to 30 days • Plug adaptor / converter
  28. 28. Travel Documents • • • • • Valid passport Valid visa I-20 or DS-2019 from UC Berkeley SEVIS fee receipt Financial documentation
  29. 29. Passport • Renew if it will expire in the next 6 months • Photocopy important pages (biographic, visa) to carry with you after arrival • Keep original in a safe place
  30. 30. Visa Check your visa for accuracy! Visa type: J-1 or F-1 Expiration date Number of entries allowed (M-multiple) * The visa is used only for entering the U.S. If it expires while you are here, there is no need to renew it. However, if you leave the U.S., you visa must be valid for reentry.
  31. 31. DS-2019 Check your DS-2019 for accuracy! Your program start and end dates • You may enter up to 30 days before your program start date. • You must depart the U.S. within 30 days after your program end date.
  32. 32. I-20 Check your I-20 for accuracy! • Personal information • Program information
  33. 33. SEVIS Fee Receipt • Pay online at www.fmjfee.com/ – $200 (F-1) – $180 (J-1) • Print Receipt • 3 days prior to Consulate/Embassy appointment
  34. 34. Arrival in the U.S.
  35. 35. Spring 2014 International Student Orientation Wednesday, January 15 8:00AM – 5:00PM Dwinelle Hall For more information, visit: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu /students/new/orientation_spring
  36. 36. Spring 2014 International Student Orientation Meet current Cal students through student-led social activities! • Campus tours • Hike to the Big C • Shopping trip • San Francisco tour • Hike to the Botanical Gardens
  37. 37. Document Check Wednesday, January 15 • 8am-9am at Dwinelle Hall Please bring the following: Thursday, January 23 • 4-5pm at International House Document Check is required for all new international students and take approximately 15 minutes.  Passport  Admission stamp or paper I-94 (you will receive it upon entry to U.S.)  Form DS-2019 or I-20  Arrival confirmation form
  38. 38. Document Check Arrival Confirmation Form • http://internationaloffice.berkeley.ed u/students/new/orientation_spring • Document checks take about 15 min • Drop in any time during the designated time slots
  39. 39. Arrival in the U.S. • All passengers arriving on the international flights must complete U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry procedures at the International Terminal Arrivals Hall. For details please visit cbp.gov for information.
  40. 40. Arrival in the U.S. • US Customs and Immigration • Present your travel documents to a CBP officer
  41. 41. Getting to Berkeley • From San Francisco Airport (SFO) – 45 minutes • From Oakland Airport (OAK) – 30 minutes • Public Transportation – BART (Bay Area Public Transit) – www.bart.gov – Destination: Downtown Berkeley
  42. 42. Getting to Berkeley • Shuttle Service – www.supershuttle.com – www.bayporter.com • Taxis and Rental cars – www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation – www.avis.com/car-rental/avisHome
  43. 43. Meet Current Cal Students Pupe Pemika Thiravanitkul • EAP student from Thailand Kaitlin Podbielski • Transfer student from the U.S.
  44. 44. Contact Us! Berkeley International Office Address: 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720-2321 Email: internationaloffice@berkeley.edu Phone: (510) 642-2818 Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu
  45. 45. Holiday Season Office Closure Berkeley International Office will be closed from December 24, 2013 – January 1, 2014
  46. 46. See you at Orientation on Wednesday, January 15, 2014! Register online at http://tinyurl.com/BerkeleySpringOrientation
  47. 47. Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you on January 15, 2014!

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