Visiting International Delegations

UC Berkeley welcomes delegations from international partners, peer universities and government agencies.

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) accommodates delegation visits when:

  • Visitors have requested to meet with senior administrators, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, or Vice Provosts.
  • Meetings requested involve multiple units on campus and topics of interest extend beyond one academic unit or department.

Visit requests with a specific, singular scholarly interest should be arranged within the relevant Berkeley department, school, or college.

GEO requires at least 6 weeks notice and the completion of the Delegation Visit Request form in order to accommodate a delegation visit request.

When assessing delegation requests, GEO considers the strategic value to our campus, the interest of our university community, and the availability of senior leadership and staff. Please understand due to a high volume of demand, UC Berkeley is not able to accommodate all visit requests.

NB: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changing global public health conditions, and a focus on the return to campus operations, the Global Engagement Office is not hosting non-essential in-person international delegations in Fall 2021, with limited exceptions. We recommend postponing your visit to 2022 to ensure a productive visit. Please contact us for more information.

When to visit

It is easiest to schedule campus meetings during the academic year when faculty and staff are on campus. Summer visits may be possible, but many faculty and staff are away from campus during that time and not all requests can be accommodated. Visits cannot be scheduled during the Winter Holidays or on University holidays when the campus is closed. We also recommend avoiding holiday weeks in order to ensure a successful visit. Please refer to the Academic Calendar and the campus Holiday Schedule, or contact us for more information.

Getting around campus

Please note that UC Berkeley's campus is large and driving to campus buildings is not always possible. Your visit will likely include a fair amount of walking and we advise you to wear comfortable shoes. If mobility is an issue, please be sure to let your campus hosts know in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made. We regret that we are not able to assist with hotel or transportation arrangements to campus.

Translation needs

We are unable to provide translating services for delegations. Groups in need of translation should make independent arrangements. If the meetings will include translation, please inform GEO in advance so that appropriate time accommodations are taken into account.

We are a tobacco free campus

For a healthier community and cleaner environment, UC Berkeley is tobacco free. Thank you for not smoking.

GEO does not organize the following types of visits:

Tour groups and third parties: GEO does not organize visits to campus initiated by third-parties, such as consulting firms, recruitment agents, or tour companies, including those who will benefit monetarily for setting up a tour for international academic visitors to UC Berkeley. GEO also does not organize "study tours" for large groups. 

Study tours and exploratory and professional development visits:  Visits geared toward professional development and training purposes are best organized by one of UC Berkeley's Executive Education programs. These programs can customize your visit schedule to include presentations by subject matter experts, and manage all of the logistics including professional interpretation and translation of materials if needed. GEO does not organize exploratory visits.