International GSIs at UC Berkeley

Many international GSIs report that working as a GSI is one of their most rewarding experiences in graduate school. Working with UC Berkeley students can be highly stimulating for International Graduate Instructors (IGSIs), and students benefit from the breadth of experience IGSIs bring to their class or lab. In addition, teaching increases graduate students’ ability to communicate about their field in ways that benefit their future careers.

The GSI Center’s Language Proficiency Program helps international graduate students establish their linguistic readiness to work as GSIs and assists GSIs in developing their teaching skills once they have begun teaching. We offer language proficiency screening, testing, courses, and individual consultations.

Graduate students who do not speak English as a native language must demonstrate oral English proficiency to be eligible to work as a GSI.

If you are interested in applying for a GSI appointment, contact the Graduate Student Affairs Officer in your department to find out how to apply and what the eligibility requirements are.

The GSI Center’s Language Proficiency Program will help you determine whether you need to take a language proficiency test or course to be appointed as a GSI.  The first step is to fill out the Language Proficiency Questionnaire if you have not already done so.

Language Proficiency Program

How to Satisfy the Oral English Proficiency Requirement

Language Proficiency Questionnaire
Fill out this form to determine whether you need to take a language proficiency test (if you have not already submitted the questionnaire).

The Oral Proficiency Test (OPT)

English Language Proficiency Testing: Frequently Asked Questions

Oral English Proficiency Test: Key Deadlines for Students and Departments

Oral English Proficiency Courses


Related Page

Language and Teaching Resources for International GSIs