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
  • Eligibility to apply for OPT work authorization in the U.S. after two semesters of study

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9.59 Rating
based on 17 reviews
  • Academics 9.7
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 8.3
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Jesus
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Silicon Valley kind of program

BHGAP is a program like no other. It is a thrilling new program at Berkeley-Haas School of Business that contains some of the best courses of the MBA program with the same amazing professors. Additionally, the program allows you to select some elective courses from Berkeley´s course catalog. If that is not enough, you also get the chance to visit some of the most exciting Startups and Tech Companies in the Valley in the weekly site visits.

You get the chance to experience the Silicon Valley and see how the world should look like in the future.

The cohort is great because it is varied not only in terms of academic and professional experience, but also in terms of culture, with students from over 10 different countries.

It is definitely and experience that goes beyond anyone's expectations.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing was going to Yosemite National park with people from the cohort for the weekend. Entering the Yosemite Valley is breathtaking.
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Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An incredible experience

It is quite hard to put in words how enriching this past semester at the Haas School of Business has been to me. Not only did the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program give me the opportunity to learn from outstanding professors and fellow students at one of the best business schools in the world, but it also allowed me to gain valuable insights of what entrepreneurship really looks like in this unique environment within the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Special thanks to the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and all people involved in the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program for providing this great opportunity! I am extremely grateful that I have had the chance to make all these amazing experiences and can highly recommend this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just stay curious and open-minded. This is the perfect environment to try out innovative things, make new experiences, fail, learn and improve.
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Markus
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BHGAP at UC Berkeley - Spring 19

I can just say that I have not been disappointed at all, even though I have had high expectations. I have learned a lot through projects and discussions in class, lectured by some of the best professors of the United States. I have seen the beauty of the Bay area and explored the Silicon Valley spirit in numerous company visits. And I have made life-long friends from all over the world with whom I created memories that will be long remembered. Even though the weather has not always been great, I have spend more money than I would be comfortable to for stuff like food or toothpaste, and I have not traveled and surfed as much as I thought I would, I am still a hundred percent content.All in all I am thankful to have gotten this chance and if you would ask me, I’d do it all over again!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do it all over again, I would start traveling from the very first week and try to see as much stuff as possible. Once your deep in Study stress, this gets difficult..
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Karin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Memory for a lifetime

The BHGAP program gave me the opportunity to take advantage of Berkeley Haas’ faculty, courses, and networks within the innovative ecosystem of the Silicon Valley. I had the chance to connect with industry experts in our guest lectures, explore the Bay Area corporate culture during company visits to Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, and learn from professors who are more than happy to share the secrets of the Silicon Valley.

BHGAP is also a time for you to meet new people, build friendships, and have fun. I remember the happiest moments were when I made new friends in my American student club, traveled to Los Angeles and Las Vegas with my friends from BHGAP, and had long, meaningful talks at dinner in the International House in Berkeley. When I sad my goodbyes, I realized that those are the memories I want to keep forever.

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Shuang(Astrid)
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing BHGAP Program

On the first day of the semester, I couldn’t imagine how much the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program will change my life. At the time, I was excited to start my adventure in the UC Berkeley and the Bay Area.

The academic courses in the Haas are different from my university in Japan. Lectures were provided professors, but each student needs to contribute our own experience and knowledge in the class. Because classmates came from more than 15 countries and have diverse perspectives, we learned a lot from each other.

The professors are ready to help students about any questions, both academic and life. These helped me to prepare myself for future work and gave ideas how to interact with my friends.
I appreciate having this chance to join this program.

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Sixiong
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

Maya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

Marcel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.