6 months
14875 USD/full
14874 USD/full
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


SCET's Startup Semester is the premier technology and entrepreneurship program at the University of California, Berkeley. Students get access to a dynamic innovation ecosystem, and are able to advance their startup ideas and grow their network.

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Our team of Berkeley faculty, industry experts, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, will make sure you learn the mindset and behaviors that drive success. Startup Semester at the University of California, Berkeley  focuses on leadership, innovation, and execution to prepare you for your role as a founder, business, or technical leader in today's dynamic global economy. Join us for Startup Semester:  It all starts here!

Who Should Apply?

SCET believes team diversity is a key driver of success. Startup Semester is a competitive full semester program designed for upper-division undergraduates from a wide range of academic disciplines seeking to:

  • Build a technology startup

  • Create social impact through technology

  • Innovate and lead from within a large company

  • Develop a robust network of mentors

  • Engage with the world’s leading startup ecosystem

Programme Structure

Core Requirements

  • A. Richard Newton Lecture Series

  • Challenge Lab

  • SCET Course Electives

  • Additional UC Berkeley Course Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


12 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3 (recommended)

Students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program, and in good academic standing with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at University of California, Berkeley and/or in United States, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at their home university.  
  • We give preference to third and fourth-year students who have a demonstrated track record of achievement. We accept students who are studying engineering, business, design, social sciences, sciences or the arts as long as they have a passion for technology entrepreneurship.
  • English proficiency, strong academic credentials, and demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and innovation are required.
  • UC Berkeley requires that students show proof of funding for the entire duration of their stay. Proof of funding documentation will be required as part of your application as a Concurrent Enrollee through UC Berkeley Extension.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience with startup or innovation projects.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14875 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14875 USD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    14874 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14874 USD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • Application Fee $100
  • Visa Fee $160 
  • SEVIS Fee $350 
  • Health Insurance $880 (UC Berkeley requires proof of insurance)

Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

SCET Startup Semester Entrepreneurship Program
University of California, Berkeley


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