International partnership with University of California, Berkeley

Published: 2018-04-10

Want to study abroad as a fee-paying student at Berkeley? This is a new opportunity for undergraduate and master’s students at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

The “Berkeley International Study Program” (BISP) is a unique program that provides study abroad opportunities for visiting international students, to come to the Department of Sociology to study for one or two semesters. UC Berkeley have since 2005 been partnering with selected universities in different parts of the world where they have academic connections, who nominate qualified students to study abroad in the programme.

The Department of Sociology offers courses that can be useful for a variety of studies. The Berkeley International Study Program offers four tracks (which is a focused set of courses):

  • Business and Economy
  • Politics and Law
  • Health and Society
  • Research and Methodology

Enrollment to the courses is on a space-availability basis, and you typically study 4 courses in parallel per semester. You may follow the chosen track or choose from a wide range of courses offered at the Department.

After attending BISP you are a part of building the Berkeley International Study Network. Note that participation in the programme does not result in a degree issued by the University of California, Berkeley.

Estimated Cost of Attendence (per semester)

Students in the BISP program pay fees to cover tuition and program costs. Students from Lund University School of Economics and Management must take the equivalent to 30 ECTS points per semester (15 units at UC Berkeley).

  • Each unit costs $750 USD in academic year 2018-2019. Estimated total course fee for 15 units is 11 250 USD (about 94 000 SEK).
  • Fees to US Berkeley Extension is estimated to 575 USD (about 4800 SEK).
  • $700 USD for required health insurance (unless waived — more information will come)

The above fees do not include miscellaneous costs such as books, travel and entertainment.

Estimated Living Cost in Berkeley/the bay area is 10 500 USD (about 88 000 SEK) per semester.

Swedish citizens can apply for student aid by CSN to cover living costs and parts of the tuition fee. 

Read more at (information in Swedish)

How to apply for autumn 2018 studies

The deadline for the International Office to nominate students for autumn 2018 studies is Wednesday 18 April.

You apply throught the Live@Lund application platform. You'll also have to attach a Statement of Purpose (short motivational letter) and a transcript of records.

Create an account to apply in Live@Lund

You are expected to arrive at Berkeley in mid-August 2018 for orientation.


International Office
Lund University School of Economics and Management

+ 46 46 222 33 44

Who can apply?

The application is open to students who are currently registered for full-time studies within the School of Economics and Management.

For undergraduate students the recommended semester to go abroad is the fifth semester. Master's students who are enrolled in a two-year master programme are recommended to go abroad during their third semester.

If you are unsure of when to apply or what would be a good fit for your studies, please contact the International office and we will advise you on how to move forward.