New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is an optional orientation designed to supplement orientations that are held by your department, school, or program. We’re partnering with offices and organizations all over campus to help provide information to ease your transition into graduate school, introduce you to campus services and opportunities to get involved, and help you get connected with graduate student communities.

Join Us!


All sessions will be conducted virtually this year via Zoom. Starting August 15, all participants and hosts will be required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings. Learn how to activate your FREE licensed Zoom account as a UC Berkeley student.


Sessions delivered live August 18-25, 2020 from 1-4 pm PDT (or watch recordings for available workshops).

Recorded Workshops

Recordings have been lightly edited and captioned for accessibility.

Basic Needs Resources (August 19 | August 24)

Disabled Students’ Program: Resources for Graduate Students with Disabilities and for Graduate Student Instructors Teaching at Cal (August 24)

Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes (August 18 | August 21)

Graduate Assembly – Graduate Student Government (August 24)

Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness: Tips for Thriving in Graduate School (August 19)

Indigenous Identity and Intersectional Experience (August 21)

Learning to Embrace Failure in Graduate School: WHAT?!? (August 25)

The Library: Your Partner in Research and Teaching (August 18 | August 20)

Navigating Cal from a Chicanx Latinx Perspective (August 20 | August 24)

Resources for International Students (August 21)

University Health Services (August 20)

Welcome Address (August 19)

Entrepreneurship@Cal on August 19 was not recorded.


View the full NGSO 2020 Program Schedule (PDF). Highlights include:

  • Welcome Address on August 19, featuring remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Lisa García Bedolla and Graduate Assembly President Luis Tenorio and keynote address from Dr. Erin M. Kerrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare.
  • GradFest on August 25, a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair co-hosted by the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, and the Graduate Division.

Register to Join:

To register for sessions, visit our CampusLabs site at and log in with your CalNet ID. View and RSVP for individual workshops by filtering for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) events under Categories.

Technical Support:

Important Communications for Incoming Grads

You should be receiving/have received communications with helpful information about resources and important things to take care of as you come on board. If you missed these emails, you can read them here.

Upcoming Orientations, Housing Guides, and our 2020 Graduate Student Handbook

Get Ready for Berkeley!

Register for New Graduate Student Orientation, Aug. 18-25

Financial resources available to you at UC Berkeley

Other Orientation Events

International Graduate Student Orientation

Teaching Conference for First-Time GSI’s

GradFest – a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair (CalNet log-in required)

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings

UC Berkeley is committed to creating a safe environment and providing education to address issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community. As one part of our comprehensive prevention education program, incoming students must participate in a live sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention training, “Cultivating a Respectful Graduate Community”. Some departments and programs will host a training as part of their orientation programs. Any student may also sign up to attend an open training hosted by the Graduate Division and the PATH to Care Center.

Click on an individual session below to register (Zoom log-in required).

Thank you for sharing our commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming community where all can do their best work!

We recognize that students may have conflicts with the schedule and will provide an alternative writing assignment for students who aren’t able to attend a live session.

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