Gain an introduction to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. With mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, you’ll learn about venture finance and how to strategically choose investors and clients. Start building your team and designing your service or product prototype. Gain skills on how to overcome the challenges of early businesses. Take courses during the day or evening.
- Understand the requirements and mindset of successful entrepreneurs and business founders.
- Imagine, design and prototype an innovative product or service.
- Design a financial plan for a scalable business model.
- Build an efficient team.
Finance for Entrepreneurs | BUS ADM X471.4
Design Thinking and Prototyping | BUS ADM X458.8 (Coming Soon)
Marketing Research: Concepts and Techniques | BUS ADM X460.6
Entrepreneurial Leadership | BUS ADM X488.7
Bonus: Career Development (CEU)
Gain career orientation and hands-on training for successful job placement and career advancement. This special course includes workshops on soft skills, interview methods, and technical skills, as well as personalized career coaching and professional network development.
Prepare for an Internship
With your Award of Completion in hand, you're ready to take part in an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley!
||3 years undergrad
||$11,000, plus $3,000 for optional internship
If you successfully complete the Entrepreneurship or Startup Management Immersive—or both—you can start working through a three-month internship at a leading San Francisco or Silicon Valley company!
- Put your newfound skills to work
- Gain work experience
- Build connections
- Expand your network
You'll see firsthand how a U.S. business runs, giving you a competitive edge when you're ready to land a full-time position in Entrepreneurship or Startup Management.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for those studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply their knowledge with practical work experience. If you successfully complete both the Entrepreneurship and Startup Management Immersives, you'll be eligible to apply for paid temporary work authorization in the U.S., also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Imagine yourself learning how to best pitch your company idea. Receiving industry insights into your business plan. Being mentored by successful entrepreneurs and business founders.
With OPT, you can apply everything you've learned to real-world projects and gain valuable work experience.
Online Information Session
This program is structured so that international students can fulfill their Visa requirements for full-time study, as well as have the opportunity to be eligible for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
English Proficiency Requirements
International applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Sometimes exceptions to this requirement are made. Please note that the submission of language proficiency scores or other forms of verification does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Scores must be from the past two years.
|English Language Test
||Minimum Score for Professional Diploma Program
|Cambridge English First (FCE)
Don't meet these requirements? You can request a language-proficiency interview if you meet one of these minimum score requirements:
- TOEFL: 79–89
- TOIC: 780
- IELTS: 6.5
- ELS Level 112 with a Grade Point Average of 3.0
- Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) a passing grade
If you would like to request an interview, please state your request in the online application and in your personal statement.
Apply to our 6-week summer English program (July–August) to raise your English-language proficiency.
To be eligible, you must meet the following English-language requirements:
PDP Program Requirement
Because this is a cohort-based program and full-time attendance is required to maintain your visa status, you must attend all scheduled courses.
F-1 Visa Application and F-1 Transfer Process
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply for an F-1 student visa to attend PDP. Non-U.S. citizens with a visitor visa (B-1, B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program are not permitted to engage in full-time study (PDP is full time). Your PDP acceptance packet includes the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) verifying that you have been admitted for full-time study.
With options available in both Berkeley and San Francisco, you can live in the bustling atmosphere of a dormitory, enjoy the independence of a private or shared apartment, or get the personal attention of a homestay.
Wherever you look on campus, you'll see the brightest students and faculty from all over the world gathering together to build friendships and learn from one another. Berkeley is known for welcoming students from all nationalities—we are part of a global community. Not only are you welcome here, but you belong here.
Health and Safety
We know you're traveling far from home to participate in a unique study-abroad experience. You'll be studying at a top university known for its rigorous academic standards. This means that while you're here, it's more important than ever to focus on your health and well-being.
At Your Service
At UC Berkeley Extension, we have an entire office dedicated to supporting our international students. We're there each step of the way to help—from the application process to your time in Berkeley and after your program ends. Our goal is that your Berkeley experience is positive, safe, fun and productive.