Berkeley Haas Global Access Program

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The Berkeley Haas Global Access Program (BHGAP) provides unique access to Berkeley's Haas School of Business faculty, courses and networks within the innovative ecosystem of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Through BHGAP, top-qualifying international students spend a semester or a full academic year building the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel as tomorrow’s innovators and global leaders. The core curriculum of the program emphasizes entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and fundamentals of business.

Highlights
  • Career coaching and professional development workshops
  • Silicon Valley company visits
  • UC Berkeley Haas School of Business networking events

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97%
based on 12 reviews
  • Academics 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 8.5
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Sixiong
8/10

Great program

BHGAP is an insightful program for anyone who is interested in business and entrepreneurship. Students can choose from introductory classes to advanced classes, so students from both business or non-business background can benefit from it. The program also includes site-visit to more than 10 companies in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and various guest speakers’ speech. Both make this program more unique. Besides practical business knowledge, this program also gives you a chance to rethink your future path. Professors who usually teach the Haas MBA program share their thinking and the way to view the world in the class. In addition, you will have an opportunity to consult professors personally about whatever you want. These experiences make BHGAP really unique program among hundreds of business programs in the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
Maya
9/10

The Best Program

There was countless experiences and people I would never met without studying in Berkeley Haas Global Access Program. BHGAP offered me a lot of opportunities to learn spirits of entrepreneurship in Bay Area and great network with classmates from all over the world. I grew not only academically but personally.

I want to say thank you to everybody who supported me, wonderful classmates from all over the world, great professors who are always open minded and willing to share their knowledge, supportive advisors and people related to organize this program.

Berkeley Haas Global Access Program focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation and people who is interested in these two of them and the Silicon Valley/ Bay Area should choose this program.I strongly recommend to apply this program to people who seek life-changing experiences.

Yes, I recommend this program
Marcel
10/10

You get it only there, at Berkeley.

A Business School that is living after its values, a Business School that contains so many great and motivated professors, a Business School that is among the best business schools of the world.

The BHGAP gives you an insight in what you otherwise never would experience. Company visits, MBA classes and a valuable network. I can recommend the BHGAP program to everyone who strives after self-development and unforgettable experiences.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna-Julia
10/10

Life Changing.

Studying at UC Berkeley is an unforgettable experience and an opportunity that nobody should miss out.
The Berkeley Haas Global Access Program focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. Everybody who is interested in this and the Silicon Valley should definitely choose this program! Professors not only teach knowledge about founding, growing or funding a company, but also critical thinking and team working skills that are crucial in today's working environment.
One of the things that I liked the most about the BHGAP or Berkeley in general were the professors and students themselves. I have never experienced such motivating and engaging professors in my life. They really care about their students, prepare interesting classes and take personal time to answer any question you might have. Like the professors, the students are also extremely motivated and clever. It's cool to be a nerd at Berkeley and students support and push each other.
It really is an inspiring environment and a place to not only develop yourself academically but also personally.
Worth every dollar spent.

How can this program be improved?
Some of the classes could be a little more challenging.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Camila
10/10

The best experience I ever had - BHGAP Fall 2018

It was an honor to be part of this amazing program, Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, as an Impact Ambassador. I am finishing this experience knowing that I grew a lot, not only professionally but personally.
This exchange gave me the opportunity to learn from the best professor, meet great students, visit successful companies and be in contact with so many different cultures. It was an opportunity to leave my comfort zone and develop myself in various ways.
If you are seeking for any improvement in your life, this program has everything to offer. I am leaving Berkeley feeling fulfilled and grateful. I couldn't have chosen a better offer.
Looking forward to returning.

Yes, I recommend this program
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John
10/10

An awesome transformational experience

the Bay Area and Silicon Valley provide an ideal environment for a new entrepreneur. Haas community is so powerful that we can easily leverage a variety of resource and advantages. Berkeley Haas is also about developing leaders who redefine how we do business. It's really good program for entrepreneurs and Techs. This program is helpful for my career life, and I make a lot of friends here. I really enjoy this semester.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chen
9/10

An Unforgettable Experience

This will be my most unforgettable experience in the undergraduate years. I met a lot of smart students and outstanding professors; I experienced cutural shock and then gained the ability of cross-cultural communication; I had a better understanding of cultural diversity; I learned not only academic knowledge but also collaboration and social capacity; I developed close friendship with people from all over the world; I travelled around South America to see the great landscape. Thank you for all the days I stayed here!!!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ana Lucia
10/10

BEST PROGRAM EVER

I have no words to explain how amazing this program is. You don't only get the chance to study in one of the best public universities in the world, but also you have the opportunity to study with wonderful people from all over the world! I had amazing professors that have helped me to become a better professional and person. I visited companies in Silicon Valley and talked to entrepreneurs that came to our classroom to talk about their experience. We learned about innovation in the place where it is most practiced. Thanks to BHGAP I see my future as something brilliant full of opportunities because it gave me tools to build it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yemen
10/10

An unforgettable experience

Being part of the BHGAP program this semester has been an insightful and changing-mind experience for me. I met people from all over the world, I had classes with great professors and brilliant students,
I visited companies around Silicon Valley and San Francisco such as Salesforce and I had the opportunity to talk to great entrepreneurs. This program has definitely had an impact on me and my future career path, it has given me a new perspective on entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to have more entrepreneurs as guest speakers.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Yiyun
10/10

A really great program!!

When people get to know that my major is Journalism and Communication, the first question they would ask me is that why I chose this BHGAP Program, which is focused on innovation, marketing and entrepreneurship and seems have nothing with my major. My answer is that I want to get more insights into the business areas and the Haas school of Business at UC Berkeley is one of the world’s leaders in that field. The BHGAP program provides access to the top-notch faculty and education sources and it is also friendly to international students from both business and non-business backgrounds. After the four-month study in Haas, I have to say that I have chosen a right program and I really enjoy this unique experience.

There are so many parts that I really enjoy in this program such as the lectures those brilliant professors gave, the experience shared by various guest speakers, the projects our team worked on and the career coaching by the professional staff. But if I have to put one thing as my favorite, I would say that it must be the Silicon Valley company visits. During this semester, we have visited LinkedIn, Bloomenergy and Surveymonky with the warm introduction given by the company staff. I think it is a great opportunity for us students to get deeper insights into the key factors that make the Bay Area the epicenter of cutting-edge entrepreneurship. If you have interest in working in Bay Area, it would also be very helpful to build connections and community.

Thanks to the career counseling from the qualified instructor, I have found out that both my interest and potential career path are the intersection of art and business. So after I finishes the BHGAP program, I think I would find an internship in that field to accumulate more practical experience. Besides, I am going to prepare for the application for a master offer from the universities in the United States. A lot of work need to be done and I really look forward to them.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe next time the program can set more tracks to meet different needs by different kinds of students.
Yes, I recommend this program
Cassie
10/10

Great program for entrepreneurs

The program is designed for entrepreneurs or anyone interested in startups. I've met so many outstanding guest speakers, like the CEO of indiegogo, who inspire me every time after the lecture. My professors are also with full of experience, knowledge and practical skills which bring me a lot of help! There are also lots of interesting events and valuable resources you can reach here as long as you want to.

Yes, I recommend this program
Zeren
10/10

Best entrepreneurship program

I really enjoyed the program! Apart from the courses teaching us how to start and fund a company, we also learned from our professors who are successful investors and entrepreneurs. and the entrepreneurial atmosphere in the Bay Area is also quite attractive. We could get to know many innovators who are our guest speakers and there are soooo many panels and forums! It was the best entrepreneurship program I've ever known!

Yes, I recommend this program

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