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Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College

Check whether Berkeley City College is right for you as an international student.

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Study abroad at Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College (BCC) is a progressive community college in Berkeley, California, US. The College’s innovative programs and student-centered teaching creates a recipe for academic and career success.

No matter your dreams and ambitions, BCC’s range of associate degrees and certificate programs will help you reach them. There are over 100 courses to choose from in disciplines including business, computer information systems, global studies, and biotechnology.

BCC’s six-story campus is located in the urban heart of downtown Berkeley. With ultra-modern labs, bright classrooms, and inspiring study spaces, you’ll find everything you need under one roof.

There’s plenty going on outside the classroom too. The Office of Student Activities and Campus Life arranges loads of fun on-campus events and activities throughout the year. There are several student clubs to join too, in everything from anime to robotics.

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Why study at Berkeley City College?

  • Financial support

    The College offers several financial aid packages and scholarship opportunities

  • Top-transfer institution

    BCC has the highest transfer rate to the California State University and University of California systems

  • Flexibility

    BCC delivers day, evening, weekend, and online classes to suit your schedule

  • Supportive environment

    You’ll benefit from academic and career counseling, as well as outstanding student support services

Life as an international student

Multiculturalism and diversity are at the very heart of Berkeley City College. Students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and faiths come together and support one another in the pursuit of a brighter future.

BCC’s International Office works hard to make your experience as happy and fulfilling as possible. Whether you need help with the admissions process, want to learn more about your immigration rights, or are looking for information on student clubs, the dedicated staff members will be ready to assist.

You’ll also be invited to join the international student mentorship program which connects foreign pupils with College alumni. These working professionals will share priceless top tips and their academic experiences with you.

Student life & facilities

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - $7,950 / year

Bowles Scholars Award

This scholarship is in honor of Catherine Janes Bowles, M.A., and Judge George Bowles, J.D., and is sponsored by Dr. Gloria Bowles, Ph.D., founding coordinator of the women’s studies program at UC Berkeley, to address in a modest way growing inequality.

This is a $1,000 scholarship award. This scholarship is intended to be awarded to part-time Berkeley City College students who have completed a minimum of 15 units, have a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA, and appear committed to completing their degrees.

Georgia Runge-Smith Memorial Scholarship

Named in memory of Georgia Runge-Smith, a graduate of the California Community College system, this scholarship is a tribute to her commitment to youth and education.

This is a $250 scholarship offered in the Spring. This scholarship is open to all students at the Peralta Colleges(Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College) regardless of program or major. Qualified students need to have a 2.5 GPA or greater, demonstrate financial need, and must have a goal of transferring to a four-year institution for further study.

John & Deborah Tunis Scholarship - BCC

This is an up to $500 scholarship awarded once a year in the Spring. ​This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a female student who demonstrates financial need and academic potential in her career and degree in one of four categories; math/science, business/industry, health sciences, or vocational education.

PACLA Scholarship - BCC

This is a $500 scholarship awarded once a year in the Spring to two students. This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a Chicano/Latino student enrolled at Berkeley City College. Preference will be given to, but not limited to AB540 students.


Berkeley City College

2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Berkeley, California, is an iconic city in the USA with a long history of welcoming international students. The authentic college town blends academic excellence with vibrant student life.

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Visa requirements for Berkeley City College

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

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