Startup Semester at Berkeley

Become an Entrepreneur at Berkeley

Join us for a semester to take entrepreneurship courses, grow your global network, and develop your next big idea

Join us for Startup Semester:  It all starts here!

Startup semester emphasizes hands-on venture-building, and learning the mindset and behaviors  that lead to entrepreneurial success. These are core tenets of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship.

Learn from leading faculty in UC Berkeley's College of Engineering and from seasoned entrepreneurs. Grow your network, find your new team, and immerse yourself in the dynamic Berkeley and Silicon Valley ecosystem.


Applications for Spring 2020 now open

Apply by September 30, 2019 for SCET global partners.
Apply by November 30, 2019 for all other students.

Who Should Apply?

This exclusive full semester program, targeted at upper division undergraduates from multiple disciplines, will provide qualified students from around the world access to faculty and curriculum in a globally recognized entrepreneurship program.

The program is created for students who are interested in:

  • Increasing their technical knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Advancing a startup or startup idea
  • Understanding how to commercialize research
  • Experiencing the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area


Startup Semester runs both fall and spring semesters.

Key Dates for Fall 2019

7 Aug - Orientation & Networking

28 Aug - First day of formal class

27-29 Nov - Thanksgiving Holiday

16 Dec - Final Presentations/Graduation


Startup Semester at Berkeley prepares students for success in the new economy. Based on the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, our courses develop the mindset and behaviors required for successful new venture creation. Expect an intensive, hands-on learning journey that will provide critical skills, training, mentoring and network-building.


All of the topics below are approached from an entrepreneur's perspective. Startup Semester requires students to enroll in 12 units.

*Intro to Technopreneurship & Silicon Valley (2 units)
*Newton Distinguished Lecture Series (1 unit)
*Challenge Lab (4 units)
Product Design (3 units)
Product Management (3 units)
Technology Entrepreneurship (3 units)
Technology Firm Leadership (3 units)
Data -X for New Ventures (3 units)

* Required courses

Startup Semester at Berkeley

Students had the opportunity to participate in a Smart Cities & Mobility seminar conducted by Dr. Susan Shaheen, one of the leading transportation and smart cities researchers in the United States.

Santander Group Scholars

Santander Group scholarship winners pose outside our SCET offices after a Business Model Innovation workshop, lead by our partner SchooLab Innovation Lab in San Francisco.

Graduation Event

At the end of each semester, we celebrate our accomplishments with a fun graduation event for all Startup Semester participants.


Core Requirements

Application Guidelines

Before you begin your application:

Open to top-qualifying university students who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate coursework, graduate students and professionals. Minimum GPA: 3.0

English Proficiency Requirements
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT) or
  • IELTS Academic Format: 7 or,
  • TOEIC: 800

Students who do not meet these requirements can request further English language evaluation.

Clarify all questions by contacting us.

  • Review all important deadlines.
  • Prepare your application requirements
  • Your statement of interest (2-3 paragraphs). The statement should be up to 300 words, and include the student's goals for the semester, current academic standing, entrepreneurial and startup interests and any specific technology interests and experience.
  • Academic transcripts

After you submit the online application:

  • Applicants will be notified of our decision within 30 days after the application deadline
  • Admitted International applicants/ students should begin their visa process as soon as possible with the guidance of our staff.
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If you have further questions about Startup Semester at Berkeley, please contact David Law at or Susan Giesecke at!

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