Frequently Asked Questions

Plan Your Visit

Q. Does the program fee include hotel accommodations? Any Special Rates?
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The program fee does not include hotel accommodations, but we have negotiated special rates for our UC Berkeley Executive Education programs at several local hotels in Berkeley including:

  • Residence Inn Berkeley: +1 510-982-2100.  The hotel is located at 2121 Center Street Berkeley, California 94704.  Residence Inn Berkeley is located downtown across the street from the University of California Berkeley and steps away from access to San Francisco via Bay Area Rapid Transit. Walking distance to theatres, shopping and dining. Click here to use the rate for Berkeley Executive Education.
  • Graduate Berkeley:  +1-510-845-8981. The hotel is located at 2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704. Graduate Berkeley is within walking distance of the campus. To reserve a room with the UCBEXED promotion/corporate code pre-loaded, please click here.
  • Hotel Shattuck: +1-510-845-7300.  The hotel is located at 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. The Hotel Shattuck is also within walking distance of the campus and within steps of the BART station (Bay Area Rapid Transit).  Staying here allows you quick access to both the Berkeley campus as well as, quick access to public transportation to the airport(s) and the city of San Francisco. To reserve a room with the BEE promo, please click here and enter in the discount code "BEE".
  • Claremont Hotel Club & Spa: +1-800-551-7266.   The hotel is located at 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705. Please note, the hotel is approx 2 miles from the campus.  Hotel shuttle and other transportation services are available. To reserve a room with the BEE promo, click here and enter in Customer code: SCP2117907 and Access code: IS266US485.

    Please note: special offers/discounted rates are subject to hotel availability. When reviewing and comparing hotel pricing options - please note additional charges often apply for parking. 
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Q. What hotel is the closest and/or within walking distance of the program facility?
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The following hotels are within a short walk to the program facility on the UC Berkeley campus.  Please note: the walk includes a slight incline through campus. If you decide not to walk, taxis and/or share rides services (Uber, Lyft) are readily available.

 
Closest Hotels:
  • Graduate Berkeley: ~ 7-10 minute walk through campus to the Haas School of Business 
  • Hotel Shattuck: ~ 20-25 minute walk uphill through downtown Berkeley and through campus to the Haas School of Business
  • Residence Inn Berkeley: ~20-25 minute walk uphill through downtown Berkeley and through campus to the Haas School of Business
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Q. Are meals provided?
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During in-person programs, meals (breakfast, lunch, and light snacks) are provided in the classroom or at a nearby dining facility. We will do our best to accommodate special meal requests (vegetarian, food allergies, etc) when notified in advance. Please note: your Program Manager will reach out to you to inquire about dietary restrictions if you haven't already provided the information within your enrollment form. 

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Q. Are special meals available?
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Participants with special dietary requirements are asked to contact their Program Manager prior to arrival.

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Q. How do I get to the program?
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The UC Berkeley Executive Education programs are held on the UC Berkeley-Haas campus at 2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley CA, 94794. The UC Berkeley campus is easily accessible from many major highways, public transportation, and two major international airports (SFO and OAK). For more information, please click here.

Specific classroom locations vary by program and by program date. Once enrolled, you will receive the exact location of your specific program from your program manager.

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Q. Where is the nearest international airport?
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Several major international airports are relatively close to the UC Berkeley campus. Please note: ground transportation times can fluctuate widely due to traffic congestion.

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 25 miles, approximately 40 minutes away
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) - 15 miles, approximately 30 minutes away
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 45 miles, approximately 70 minutes away

 

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Q. Where is the nearest public transportation?
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Access to the UC Berkeley Campus is available through several options including:

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Trains operate from Fremont, Richmond, Bay Point/Concord and San Francisco/Daly City and includes service to San Francisco International Airport. The Berkeley BART station is 1.5 blocks west of the Berkeley campus and approximately 1 mile from the Haas School of Business. Campus shuttles run from BART to Haas every 30 minutes
  • AC Transit: Bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and through Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. There are several AC bus lines that come near the campus area such as:  #65, #52, #51, #43, #40, #15, #9, U and F. 
  • Campus Shuttle - Campus Perimeter (P Line) Shuttle: If you are taking campus shuttle bus, from downtown Berkeley. The cost is $1.00 each way. Service runs from 7:00am-7:30pm. Enter the bus at the Downtown Berkeley bus stop (Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street). Exit the bus at the Haas School of Business stop. Signage will be posted at the street level entrance, directing you to the classroom.

 

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Q. What advice do you have about parking/transportation when attending programs?
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 The nearest parking facility is our Stadium Parking Garage at 2205 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley CA 94794 between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater, and is available for public parking for an hourly fee. Rates are subject to change. 

We highly recommend you are diligent about reading parking restrictions, as the regulations and events schedules are strictly enforced by the City of Berkeley. For more information about Airport Shuttles and Public Transit, please visit: https://haas.berkeley.edu/for-visitors/.  

Please note, the program fees do not include parking/transportation. Any additional expenses for parking/transportation are to be covered by the participant.

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Q. What do you recommend I explore while I’m attending the program if I wanted to spend more time in the area?
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Download our UC Berkeley and Area Campus Guide for more information on campus and things to do in the Bay Area!

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General

Q. How do I enroll in a program?
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Enrolling in any one of our programs is easy, simply:

  • Click on the "enroll" button on the program description page and completed the online enrollment form (should take less than 5 minutes to complete), or,
  • Contact our team at executive@berkeley.edu or call us at 1 (510) 822-8949 and we're happy to assist.
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Q. What is the enrollment deadline for a program?
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The enrollment deadline for each program is dependent upon the amount of pre-work required for that program (i.e. surveys, assessments, and/or required reading). To ensure all pre-work can be completed prior to the program start date, enrollment for a program may close early. Please check the individual program description for the exact date of the enrollment close. 

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Q. Can I enroll in a program if I live outside of the U.S.?
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Yes. Enrollment is available to all global executive-level leaders (visa requirements may apply). While our programs are open to a global audience of executives, proficiency in written and spoken English at a level that allows full engagement and participation in a program is recommended unless otherwise noted to be a language-specific program. Berkeley Executive Education adheres to UC Berkeley's sanction policy outlined at https://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/us-sanctions-laws, with the addition of Russia at this time.

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Q. Do I need a visa to attend a program?
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For international participants, the B1/B2 visa (for participation in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars) is the appropriate visa for entry into the United States from required countries. When applying for a visa, you can ask your Program Manager to prepare an invitation letter to help with your visa application. It is important to emphasize that the visit is for business purposes. You can also apply for the Visa Waiver Program if you are a citizen or national from an eligible country.

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Q. What can I expect after I enroll?
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Shortly after submitting your registration, you will receive a welcome packet from the UC Berkeley Executive Education team. The welcome packet, sent via email, will include introductions from your Program Manager (your primary point of contact for your Berkeley experience), billing contact information, recommended hotels for your stay at Berkeley, and of course, details regarding your program and any required pre-work (if applicable). But should you have any questions in the interim, please feel free to contact us at executive@berkeley.edu or via phone at: 1(510) 822-8819. We are happy to walk you through the process.

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Q. What are my options if a program date is sold out?
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Our programs are specifically limited in size to maximize the participant experience and interaction with faculty, guest speakers, and other participants. Due to this limitation, we often experience sold-out situations - so it's important to enroll early and to pay in full immediately to guarantee your seat in the program.

If a program is sold-out, you can be placed on a waitlist for that iteration/program date. If a program seat becomes available (another participant cancels, transfers to a different date, etc), wait-listed individuals will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact our team at executive@berkeley.edu.
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Q. Can I transfer to a different program date?
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To transfer to a different date, an enrolled participant can submit a written request to the email: executive@berkeley.edu for a one-time transfer of enrollment prior to the start date of the program to another iteration of the same program as long as the next program iteration takes place within 12 months of the original date. All requests for transfer are subject to an additional fee of $300. 

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Q. Will the program count towards my Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE)?
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Please refer to the specific program page of interest to you to determine if the program counts towards a COBE. You will see a specific section on the program page that will share how many days as well as which pillar(s) the program is eligible for if it will count towards your COBE requirements.

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Q. Do your programs provide credits towards a degree, grades, transcripts, Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
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Our programs are non-degree programs and do not hold any credit unit equivalency, letter grades, pass/fail designation, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or transcripts. Rather, you will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program. To qualify for a certificate of completion, a participant must meet the minimum requirements for the course as noted for each program maintaining at least 80% attendance/engagement in the program.

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Q. Are there prerequisites for enrollment?
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With the exception of our flagship program, Berkeley Executive Leadership, our offerings are all open enrollment programs and do not require an enrollment application. Once you fill out the required registration information and submit your payment, your seat in the program is secured.

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Q. What kind of certificate will I receive upon completion of the program?
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We provide verified digital certificates to participants via email upon completion of the program. The certificates allow for one-click sharing to social media and professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

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Q. How much time can I expect to spend on coursework each day?
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We know time out of the office is precious and as such, we want to make every hour out of the office and in our programs as productive as possible. Our programs span full business days starting early in the morning (typically between 8:30-9:00 am) and will go through 5 pm with lunch served in the classroom and short breaks throughout the day. Approximately 1-2 hours of evening activities and preparation for the next day are required for some programs. Please refer to the individual program sample schedule for more detail.

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Q. Can groups or teams attend your programs together?
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Absolutely! We encourage teams to go through our online programs together, so they can quickly apply their learnings. If you are interested in learning more about group enrollment, including potential opportunities for group discounts, please visit our group enrollment page.

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Q. How long will I have access to program materials?
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Program materials are accessible for 12 months from the start date of the program. Please be sure to download eligible materials for your personal records should you want to reference materials past this timeline. Select IP-protected or permission-based materials are subject to removal and may not be available to download or view outside of Canvas as noted in your program.

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Q. What are the demographics of your participants?
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To learn more about our past participants, visit our Past Participants page.

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Participation Requirements & Policy

Q. Where can I find the program schedule/agenda?
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You'll find a sample program schedule on each specific program page. Simply select "Download a Sample Schedule". The sample schedule is a PDF that can be printed from your computer. All paid participants will be granted access to a private program website where a detailed schedule will be provided.

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Q. What are the participation requirements for a program?
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At the end of each Open Enrollment program, we award Certificates of Completion that signify you have fully participated and engaged in the program. We understand that there are, from time to time, unforeseen medical and family emergencies that might prohibit you from full participation. For these situations, if you miss 20% or less of a program, you will still receive your Certificate of Completion. If you do not fully participate in more than 80% of a program, you will not receive a Certificate of Completion.

*Please note that for our online programs, all sessions may not be recorded. If you miss an online segment, there may not be an opportunity to review the content later. For this reason, we would advise that you plan to attend all live sessions for our online programs.

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Q. Do I need to speak English to attend a program?
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While our programs are open to a global audience of executives, proficiency in written and spoken English at a level that allows full engagement and participation in a program is recommended unless otherwise noted to be a language-specific program.

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Q. What services are available to participants with disabilities?
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We will do our best to accommodate the special needs of our participants. Please contact your Program Manager for assistance with any special needs.

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Q. Are there any regulations that would prohibit someone from joining a program?
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Berkeley Executive Education adheres to UC Berkeley's sanction policy outlined at https://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/us-sanctions-laws, with the addition of Russia at this time.

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Q. What important information should I know prior to enrolling in a program?
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Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the following policies:

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Q. What is your Covid-Safety Policy?
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Please review our policy re: covid safety protocols here.

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Billing & Cancellation Policy

Q. When is payment due?
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Your enrollment within a program is not guaranteed until payment in full is received. Seating is available on a first-come,first-serve basis. If you need to make other payment arrangements, such as payment by check, purchase order, or via electronic funds transfer (ACH), payment is due upon receipt of that invoice. Ideally, in general, payment should be received 30 days in advance of the program start date for the best onboarding experience. Please be sure to visit the program page for enrollment deadline information to help you best prepare.

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Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
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Payments can be made via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), check, purchase order, or electronic wire transfer. If you elect to be billed for the program, payment details will be provided on your invoice.

A $100.00 fee will be assessed for all checks returned for insufficient funds.

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Q. Who can I contact with questions regarding payment?
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To check on payment status and/or other questions regarding billing, please contact Yolanda Williams, Financial Analyst at billing@berkeley.edu.

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Q. What is your cancellation policy?
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We understand that busy executives often have schedule changes and we will do our best to make it easy for you.

  • Cancellations for a full refund can be made within 5 business days of initial registration. Requests for exceptions outside of the 5-day period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • To cancel from a program and receive a full refund, the registrant must submit a written request to billing@berkeley.edu within 5 business days of registration.
  • Program transfers will be granted up to 5 business days of the program start date. To transfer to a different iteration date of the same program, a registrant must submit a written request to billing@berkeley.edu. Every accommodation will be made to ensure enrollment in the next upcoming iteration. If the requested program is sold out, the registrant will be placed on the waitlist.
  • Our cancellation policies may be modified for exceptions related to the impact of Covid-19 and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at executive@berkeley.edu with any questions
  • Please be sure to read our Terms of Use as a helpful guide.
     
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Q. Are there any special offers/discounts available?
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Group discounts and other special offers are available for participants that meet certain criteria:

  • Corporate/Group discounts: For groups of 5 or more from the same company, participants will receive a 20% corporate group discount.
  • UC Berkeley Executive Education Alumni: Previous attendees of UC Berkeley Executive Education programs are eligible to receive a discount for enrollment in eligible future open enrollment programs.
    U.S. Military Service Members: U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) are eligible for a 15% discount. Please contact executive.berkeley.edu to inquire. Please be prepared to include one of the following documents for review: DD Form 214, 215, 256, NGB Form 22 or NGB Form 22-A.
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni: Berkeley Haas alumni enjoy 30% off any eligible open-enrollment program with Berkeley Executive Education.

Contact Berkeley Executive Education.

 

 

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Q. What is included in the program fee?
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The program fee includes tuition, all program materials, and all in-person program meals during the program (breakfast, lunch). Please note: the program fee does not include hotel accommodations, meals outside of the program (dinner), or parking. 

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Q. Can my employer pay for the program?
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You will need to check directly with your employer if our programs qualify for reimbursement. To assist you in the process, we have created the Requesting Employer Support document with tips on securing support and reimbursement from your employer. 

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Q. What is your refund policy?
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Cancellations for a full refund can be made within 5 business days of initial registration. To cancel from a program and receive a full refund, the registrant must submit a written request to billing@berkeley.edu within 5 business days of registration. No refund can be offered after a program has started.

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In-Person Program Experience

Q. Should I bring my laptop?
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Laptops are not required, but some programs require a laptop to run a simulation. Simulations are often done in teams so you could pair with someone if you don't have a laptop. You will be notified if your particular program requires a laptop. 

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Q. What can I expect on the first day of the program?
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The first day of a program begins with check-in and you will receive the materials you will use throughout the rest of the program. Information on the start time and exact location will be sent to you approximately one month prior to the start of the program via the participant website. Some programs also have a welcome reception at the end of the first day. The complete schedule, including reception time, will also be sent to you via the participant website.

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Q. What can I expect on the last day of the program?
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On the last day of the program, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion given at the end of the day. If you need to leave early due to travel plans, your Program Manager can arrange to get you the certificate early; please inform the Program Manager of your early departure before the last day of the program. 

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Q. What is the typical attire during a program?
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The Bay Area climate is mild year-round with warm days and cool evenings. However, the temperature can fluctuate substantially throughout the day and its best to dress in layers or bring a light jacket. Business casual clothing is recommended for our programs.

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Q. How are the in-person programs structured?
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Our programs are founded on the principle of applied learning. We expose you to cutting-edge research, invite you to question the status quo, explore new ways of thinking, and provide opportunities for you to define practical ways to implement those ideas in your organization.  We engage you in a variety of learning experiences, such as assessments, experiential activities, interactive faculty presentations and facilitated discussions, case studies, simulations, group assignments, peer coaching, executive coaching, refresher and application webinars, and social learning networks. Through these activities, we extend learning beyond the classroom into the workplace to ensure new concepts and skills drive impact for your business.

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Q. How many participants are in an in-person program?
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Our in-person programs are specifically limited in size to maximize the participant experience and interaction with faculty, guest speakers and other participants. Typically, there are about 30-50 participants in each program.

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Q. Where do the in-person programs take place?
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In-person programs are primarily held on campus at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Locations on campus include:

  • The Haas School of Business at 2220 Piedmont Street, Berkeley CA 
    • Simpson Family Suite in Chou Hall - click here for directions and closest parking
    • Executive Classroom S480 - click here for directions and closest parking
  • Cal Memorial Stadium at 2227 Piedmont Street, Berkeley CA - click here for directions and closest parking
  • The Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus  - click here for directions and closest parking
  • Other locations include: San Francisco and Sunnyvale, CA (Silicon Valley)

 

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Q. Where can I find all of your in-person program offerings?
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You can view all of the Berkeley Executive Education in-person programs on our website here

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Online Programs

Q. Are the online programs fully digital to allow for remote learning?
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Our online programs are entirely online to enable the highest degree of access and flexibility for our participants.

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Q. Where can I see all of your upcoming online program offerings?
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You can view all of our upcoming online programs on our Program Finder here

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Q. Will I have the opportunity to interact with faculty during the online program?
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All of our programs offer live sessions with faculty that allow for chat and Q&A. Depending on the program, there may be additional opportunities to engage with faculty during live sessions and faculty office hours.

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Q. Will I need to purchase any specific materials or technology in order to participate?
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No, all of the program materials are included in the program fee. As long as you have a computer and a stable internet connection, you are all set. However, please be sure to download the full hardware, software, and bandwidth requirements prior to attending an online session for the Forum and Lab.

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Q. Can I do the online program at my own pace?
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Each program is set at its own pace as determined by the curriculum. Asynchronous programs offer more flexibility in the completion of assignments. However, every program includes set deadlines for assignments and program completion. These deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the program by the Faculty Director. Please be sure to review the program sample schedule to ensure you understand the program's unique time commitment and scheduling.

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Q. What if I am located outside of the US, can I still enroll in an online program?
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Yes, we welcome international participants to attend our programs. The digital format of our online programs enables the highest degree of access and flexibility, so we can accommodate participants from around the globe. Please note the delivery time on the sample schedule to best prepare for the time commitment. Many of our live-online programs run on Pacific time.

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Q. Will I get to interact with other participants during the online program?
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We take extra care to create as many touchpoints and interactions between participants as possible. Depending on the program, participant interaction may include group coaching sessions, weekly live sessions, and discussions on the learning platform.

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Q. Will there be any opportunities for networking in the online programs?
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Access to the program alumni community will be available via a designated LinkedIn page. Networking sessions are also scheduled within our online programs for a fun, social connection with your cohort as well!

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Q. What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous online programs?
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The synchronous programs will consist of live sessions where you can interact with faculty and classmates in real-time. Synchronous online programs create a collaborative learning environment where engagement is encouraged. Asynchronous online programs are delivered on a flexible schedule enabling each participant to finish the curriculum on their own time.

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Q. Are recordings available for the Forum and Lab sessions?
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Session recordings are not available for the Forum or the Lab. The sessions are designed to increase interactivity and attendance.

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Q. What are the technical requirements to access the online program sessions?
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Download the full hardware, software, and bandwidth requirements prior to attending an online session for the Forum and Lab.

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Q. What are the participation requirements for an online program?
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At the end of each Open Enrollment program, we award Certificates of Completion that signify you have fully participated and engaged in the program. We understand that there are, from time to time, unforeseen medical and family emergencies that might prohibit you from full participation. For these situations, if you miss 20% or less of a program, you will still receive your Certificate of Completion. If you do not fully participate in more than 80% of a program, you will not receive a Certificate of Completion.

*Please note that for our online programs, all sessions may not be recorded. If you miss an online segment, there may not be an opportunity to review the content later. For this reason, we would advise that you plan to attend all live sessions for our online programs.

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Certificate of Business Excellence

Q. What is the Certificate of Business Excellence?
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The Certificate of Business Excellence is an opportunity to earn a mark of distinction from our world-class university and business school. In the program, you can design a personal learning journey to help you face today's business challenges and gain access to a distinguished alumni network. Click here to learn more.

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