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International Applicants

Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Equivalency is determined by International Evaluators in the Graduate Admissions Office.

Required Records:

Upload unofficial transcripts with the application for the departmental initial review. Official transcripts or academic records for all university-level studies you have completed, at U.S. institutions and abroad, will be required if admitted. If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents verifying the degree conferral. For information about the documents required for an initial review of your application, contact the department or program to which you are applying.

Academic records should be issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations, if required (usually prepared by your university or government agency, unless the institution issues original documents in English). In general, records or transcripts must be issued by the school and include the school’s stamp or embossed seal and the signature of the authorizing official. For more detailed information on acceptable documents, please contact your prospective department or Graduate Admissions.

English translations are required for all languages except Spanish; degree names and grades should be transliterated, not converted into English words or the U.S. grades of A-F. If you must obtain a translation while in the United States, we will only accept versions prepared by certified members of the American Translators Association.


English Language Proficiency:

TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) is administered by the Educational Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website. Berkeley will only accept TOEFL tests administered by ETS, and scores must be sent directly to Berkeley by the TOEFL office. Tests taken 2 years before the application deadline year are not accepted (Eg. If the application year is 2016 tests taken before 2014 are not accepted). The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. Your most recent score must be at least 570 for the paper-and-pencil test, or at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT).