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New Students

As you prepare to begin your new journey at the GTU and in Berkeley, here are some dates and links to helpful and important information.

GTU Fall Instruction begins September 3, 2019 (Extended Calendar 2019-2020)

New Student Orientation Schedule

GTU International Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 25, 2019, 2:30 pm

GTU MA and Doctoral Student Orientation
Monday, August 24, 2020, 2:30 pm - A Meeting with the Senior Administration

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 2:30 pm - Question and Answer Session with GTU Staff

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 2:30 pm - Meeting with your Centers and Affiliates

Monday, August 31, 2020, 2:30 pm - Meet and Greet with GTU Faculty

Wednesday, September 2, 2:30 pm - Meet and Greet with GTU Students

Thursday, September 3, 2:30 pm - GTU Centers, Affiliates, and Certificate Reception

All orientation events will take place virtually and all start times will be 2:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

On behalf of all of us here at the Graduate Theological Union I extend a warm welcome and offer congratulations on your decision to study in this wonderful environment!  Wise choice!

While the GTU consortium consists of several independent, autonomous institutions, we collaborate together on a variety of endeavors not the least of which are the administrative functions and services listed here.  Our hope is that our common approach to these activities will help you to thrive!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have designed an online Orientation Program where you can all learn about our program and community and have opportunities to meet each other and some of our students, staff and faculty. The full program will last a week with a couple of additional events as we get closer to the start of classes. I hope you are able to learn about your new programs and have a chance to connect with each other and members of our community who will be instrumental to your time at the GTU!

Welcome again!

Wendy Arce, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students

Summer Language Courses

French: July 6-July 31, 2020, 9am-12pm
German: July 6-July 31, 2020, 9am-12pm
Spanish: July 6-July 31, 2020, 9am-12pm

See flyer for details

Entering Biblical Studies Doctoral Student Language Diagnostic

Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek exam dates and overview

Hebrew: Friday, August 21 9am-12pm
Greek: Not scheduled

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Public Transportation

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), 
This site provides maps, schedules and information about communities serviced by BART.

Alameda/Contra Costa 
This site provides maps and schedules for the local bus service.


Childcare and Parenting Resources  Bananas is a great place to find day care referrals in the East Bay, either near your home, school, or workplace. In addition to referral work, they also offer parenting classes and other information and assistance.