Following health guidelines mandating the extension of the "shelter in place" order in Alameda County, the GTU campus will continue to conduct most operations remote through May 31st. Learn more and access the latest, most up-to-date COVID-19 resources, policies, and news for faculty, students, and staff of the GTU here>>

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
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10 am - 2 pm

GTU MA Student Orientation
Friday, August 23, 2019, 9 am – 4:30 pm

GTU Doctoral Student Orientation
Monday, August 26, 2019, 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm

All orientation events take place in the Dinner Board Room in the GTU Library unless noted: 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley 94709

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!

We know many of us learn in different ways and/or learn best when new information is presented in multiple formats.  Our orientation efforts allow students to "read," "hear," and "see" the information you need to manage your program.

Below are links to some of this information.  

Welcome again!

Kathleen Kook, Ph.D.
GTU Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Summer Language Courses

French: July 8-August 2, 2019, 9am-12pm
German: July 8-August 2, 2019, 9am-12pm
Spanish: July 8-August 2, 2019, 3pm-6pm

See flyer for details

Entering Biblical Studies Doctoral Student Language Diagnostic

Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek exam dates and overview

Hebrew: Tuesday, August 20, 9am-12pm
Greek: Wednesday, August 21, 9am-12pm 

Looking for a Place to Live?

Learn more from the resources on our Housing Page

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.