2021 New Graduate Student Orientation; Online Virtual Events Aug. 16-20, 2021


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!

Want to get started early? Read the New Graduate Student Handbook (PDF) and Join the Slack for 2021 Incoming Grad Students to network with other students, find housing, and more!

Where and When

Student waving Cal flagAll sessions will be conducted virtually this year via Zoom. Learn how to activate your free licensed Zoom account as a UC Berkeley student.

See below for an updated agenda. Sessions will be delivered August 16-20, 2021 from 1-4 pm PDT (or watch recordings for available workshops).

We will also post helpful information, resources, and videos to a Google Drive folder that you can access at any time.

For information on the Fall GSI Teaching Conference, visit the GSI Teaching and Resources Center website.

Agenda + Registration

Registration is required! Click on each event and copy the Zoom link into your browser to register for each session.

Session descriptions and registration links will be added as more information becomes available.

Other Orientation Events

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Communication 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, we we’ve added them below:

  1. What To Expect In Our Summer Communications. Sent May 19, 2021
  2. Welcome, and Three Things to Do Before You Start. Sent May 27, 2021
  3. Get Ready for Berkeley. Sent July 6, 2021

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

UC Berkeley is committed to creating a safe environment and providing education to address issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community. In addition to an online module, “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students,” ALL incoming students must participate in a live sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention training, “Cultivating a Respectful Graduate Community,” facilitated by your department and partners in the PATH to Care Center.

Summer 2021: Students starting their programs during the summer 2021 term should expect to participate in a webinar scheduled by their home department. Please expect to receive more information about exact times from your program administrator.

Fall 2021: Certain departments will be hosting their own webinars as part of the program orientation for their students. The below webinars are open to students in any department. To register, please make sure you have activated your licensed Zoom account through UC Berkeley.

We recognize that students may have conflicts with the schedule and will provide an alternative writing assignment for students who do not attend a live session.

Questions? Contact gradlife@berkeley.edu