For International Students

The Basic Needs Center is committed to supporting all students, including our international community. The resources below provide urgent relief for the basic needs of international students, but is not exhaustive.

It is important to be aware that there are tax implications for any award as your home country may tax you for any non-qualified award you receive. 

For more information regarding tax implications, please see Glacier/Tax Information.

Support @ The Berkeley International Office (BIO)

The Berkeley International Office provides advising and support for Cal's international students, including a limited financial aid program for those who have experienced a significant, unexpected change in their financial situation. We highly recommend contacting BIO to speak with an adviser about your situation and learn about available resources.


CalFresh is not available as a food resource for international students, but the resources below remain available to you:

  • Basic Needs Food Pantry: An emergency food relief supply for all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs. We offer pantry staples such as rice, pasta, milk, cereal, frozen proteins, and fresh produce. Visitors are welcome to visit up to once per week, by joining the virtual line. You can take as much as needed while being mindful that it is a shared community resource for emergencies. See our website for open hours and to sign-up for the virtual line.

  • Additional Food Resources

    • The Bear Pantry: Emergency food relief for low-income student families living in University Village Apartments

    • Food Now: Find food pantries near you, or call the Emergency Food Helpline at 510-635-3663


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Basic Needs Assistance Form

If you are experiencing an urgent challenge with access to adequate food, stable housing, general financial resources, or other basic needs, we encourage you to complete our Basic Needs Assistance Form so that we may connect you with the needed resources.