University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley is located just north of San Francisco, which is the 4th largest city in California with around 900 000 inhabitants. San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, known for its mild summers, foggy weather, steep hills, varied architecture, as well as landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, the former prison island of Alcatraz and the large Chinatown. The agreement with UC Berkeley is valid for Department of Sociology, as well as for Engineering courses.

Agreement: Study Abroad
Country: USA


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Number of study places

There is no limit on the number of places and students from several study fields.  

Admission requirements

For Engineering students: Grade requirement: B is recommended 

Department of Sociology: Average of at least C is recommended

Language requirement: Minimum 4 in English language from Norwegian secondary education, other documentation of exchanges to or longer stays in English-speaking countries may be accepted.

Tuition fees and financing:

Students must pay tuition fees. The tuition (called course fees at UC Berkeley) you will pay depends on the number of units you take.  Each unit costs $750 USD in academic year 2019-20. Semester exchange is supported through Lånekassen as long as the study stay in preapproved by USN. Read more on Lånekassens webpages.

Recognition of credits

Before travelling out, your courses will be pre-approved. If you complete and pass the courses, as agreed upon, the courses will be recognised as part of your degree at USN.15 credits in the US is recognised as 30 credits at USN.

Semester dates

  • Autumn: August - December
  • Spring: January - May


You are responsible for finding accommodation for your stay. Living expenses can vary greatly depending on living circumstances. Most of the visiting students live in apartments surrounding UC Berkeley. You will receive information about housing options once you apply


All students need a visa to study in the US.


As an outgoing student, you need insurance covering the entire exchange period.

San Francisco

Practical information on student exchange