An Excellent Return on Your Investment
International Students at Haas International students from 38 countries comprise more than one-third of the full-time MBA class at Haas. These students bring outstanding work experience, academic accomplishment, multilingual abilities, cross-cultural insight, and keen business skills that produce results across markets and cultures. Your candidate pool and work force will have much more depth by including these talented students in your recruiting process.
The vast majority of our international students study while on an F-1 visa. These students can accept summer internships regardless of citizenship through the campus' Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program. Work permission is handled by the student and officials on the Berkeley campus, so companies and organizations can offer summer internships to international students without limitations.
Upon graduation, F-1 visa holders can work in the US for up to 12 months through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. During this time the employer must file an H1-B application, which costs approximately $5,000 to $7,000, inclusive of legal and application fees. H1-B visas last for three years and can be renewed twice, for a total of six years. And, since April 2008, new hires with an approved H1-B application may remain employed during the transition period between the end of OPT (usually in June) and the start of the H1-B visa (usually October 1), effectively eliminating any gaps in employment.
A Global Workforce
Many Berkeley MBAs–US and international students alike–are interested in international careers. Last year, 18% of the class of '10 and 13% of the class of '11 accepted positions outside of the United States. Berkeley MBAs look to apply their leadership skills and business acumen around the globe. With work experience from around the world in a wide variety of industries and functions, our students are ready and willing to take positions in both your domestic and international offices.