New Arrivals


Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. Congratulations on this impressive achievement, which reflects both your outstanding academic record and your potential for success in scholarly research. We are thrilled you will be joining us this fall! 

This website will be regularly updated with deadlines and other pertinent information to help guide you through the transition to Berkeley and the beginning of your first semester.


  • Prepare to Enroll: You've accepted our offer, now take the next steps to create your CalNet ID and prepare for enrollment by clicking here
  • International Arrivals: The Berkeley International Office (BIO) provides students services to international students across campus. BIO is responsible for issuing visa documents for students at UC Berkeley with F-1 or J-1 student visas. Click here to be redirected to BIO's website tailored to new international student arrivals. 


  • Econ 204: Summer Session E, July 29 - August 16, 2019; Final Exam, August 21, 2019. Specific information on requests to waive the course can be found below. 
  • Requests for Econ 204 Waivers: Requests to waive Econ 204 must be submitted by July 3, 2019. Please see below for procedures. 
  • New Student Orientation: TBD - New Student Orientation will be an all day event. More details to come! 
  • Graduate Division's New Graduate Student Orientation: TBA


Main Websites for Campus Resources: 

Main Websites for Student Information: 

  • CalCentral - UC Berkeley's new student information system. The campus is undergoing a transition from old systems to CalCentral. Please notify me as soon as possible if anything looks amiss; through this transition phase we will experience some bugs so we appreciate your patience.  
  • Blu - Employment information, electronic funds transfer for employment 


Orientations and Receptions

  • The Department of Economics' New Student Orientation will be held TBD. This will be a full day program. More details to come! 
  • Berkeley International Office Graduate Student Orientation will be held TBA
  • Resource fair for international students: Date and time TBD. New international students are invited to come and gather information from campus and community organizations, businesses, and services. Guests include cell phone companies, banks, campus services, student organizations, and other resources you will need to get settled into life at UC Berkeley. Talk to representatives from these resources to get the personalized information you need.
  • Graduate Division's New Graduate Student Orientation, TBA

Beginning July 29, all new students (including course-work only, and exchange students) will be taking Econ 204 (see below) up to four hours a day Monday through Friday and studying a signficant amount of time outside of class. Consider arriving a few weeks to one month prior to July 29 to find housing, explore the area, and get yourself settled. Housing resources can be found in the links above. 

Fall Courses Start Wednesday August 21! The Fall 2019 (and beyond) student calendar can be found here


ECON 204: Mathematical Tools for Economists: This mandatory course begins prior to the official start of the Fall semester on Monday, July 29, 2019 and ends Friday, August 16, 2019. Please see this year's Econ 204 summary for more information on course content, as well as the possibility of receiving a waiver. Instructions on how to enroll for Econ 204 will be emailed only to students permitted enrollment in the course.

*Important Note for International Students* Once international students apply for their I-20 or DS-2019, they are ineligible for the waiver. If international students apply for the waiver, they are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. If you are not enrolled in Econ 204 because you've been given a waiver, this means your earliest entry-date will be 30 days prior to August 21, as compared to 30 days prior to July 29.

Year 1 Course Requirements: During the first two semesters of study, students must take a set of eight core courses to satisfy requirements in mathematics, economic history, economic theory, and econometrics. Details on the first year can be found here: Year 1 Requirements


The following Econ 204 registration instructions apply only to our new Ph.D. students. If you are an exchange student visiting the department for a semester or year, you must consult an International Advisor with the International Concurrent Enrollment program through UC Extension for your early arrival and registration in Econ 204.

Registration (Applies for domestic students only): Registration for classes via CalCentral will take place the first week of August. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office detailing your registration date and time near the end of July. International Ph.D. students will be registered for Econ 204 for the summer term and the fees will be paid by the Department of Economics.

Tuition and Fees: Fees for the 2018-2019 academic year have not yet been finalized. As a point of reference, please see the fees for the current academic year.  Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California.

Payment: Payment of fees will be due in mid-August (in full or first installment). Your statement will be available online in early August. Statements will reflect all Department of Economics fellowships.


Navigating the Department: 

The Department of Economics takes up the entire 6th floor of Evans Hall and part of the 5th floor, with the main office located in 530 Evans Hall. You will find faculty and staff in the outer offices along the main hallways and student offices, as well as a few meeting spaces, along the central hallway. The two main Econ classrooms located in the department are 648 Evans and 639 Evans with 648 being the larger of the two. 611 Evans Hall, The Peixotto (Pe-Show-Toe) Room is the student lounge which is open to students 24hrs a day; students use this area to meet and study. Graduate student mailboxes and some lockers are located in 612 Evans Hall where you will also find a microwave. Last but not least, the Graduate Student Services Office is located in 541 Evans Hall.

Graduate Economics Association (GEA): The GEA is a student association that organizes social activities for Economics graduate students. The main events are the skit party and the "Little Big Game" versus Stanford, which is a series of competitions (soccer, touch football, frisbee, and volleyball). The GEA also organizes productivity seminars, an Oakland A's baseball game in the summer, and a picnic for new students. All Economics Graduate students are by default, members of the GEA.

Women in Economics at Berkeley (WEB): Women in Economics at Berkeley is a group of graduate student women at UC Berkeley spanning the Department of Economics, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics who meet regularly to build community across the discipline and present current research projects.


Janene Martinez, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services or 510-642-6172

Patrick G. Allen, Director of Student Services or 510-642-0824