Resources for Scholars


For newly arrived scholars, please find a detailed checklist of what you can expect from the onboarding process and everything you need to do to get settled in at Berkeley. 

Visa & Immigration

Resources for scholars regarding visa information and regulations.

Health & Safety

Find information about health services on and off campus, safety alerts, and campus night time safety tips.

Departure Procedures

Preparing to end your affiliation? You'll find more information about the procedures required before you leave on the departure page.

Libraries & Museums

See what the UC Berkeley Campus & the Bay Area has to offer in the way of academic and educational resources for scholars.

Useful Apps

View a list of some essential apps to get by in the U.S./Bay Area.

Housing Resources

A quick guide with tips and tricks for finding housing in the Bay Area. 

Methodological Training

Need assistance with your research methodology? Having trouble analyzing your data? Need someone to peer-review/proof read your paper? You will find campus resources for all of these common issues on this page.

Berkeley Travel Guide

The ultimate guide to things to do in Berkeley, CA! International editions of the Berkeley Visitor's Guide are available to view and download online, in the following languages: Chinese, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, French.

Tax Reporting Requirements

This link will take you to the Berkeley International Office page on Tax Reporting Requirements for scholars.


This link will take you to the Berkeley International Office Resources page for J Scholars and their families, including information on general family resources, J-2 spouse employment authorization, J-2 dependent FAQ, resources for parents, and childcare services in Berkeley.

FREE ESL Conversation Club at the Berkeley Public Library

The Berkeley Public Library host this free English Conversation Club and boast that you can practice your English conversation skills in a friendly and relaxed setting. ESL learners of all skill levels are encouraged to attend!

Study Space on Campus

Looking for a place to study? Want to be able to filter your search to include evening hours? Then check out the Berkeley Library's guide and study space search engine.