Frequently Asked Questions - International Payments

International Payments

How do I make an international payment?

UC Berkeley has partnered with Flywire and Western Union for international payments and payment using foreign currency. Please refer to these resources for more information and instructions:

How do I pay using foreign currency?

UC Berkeley has partnered with Flywire and Western Union for international student payments and payment using foreign currency. Please refer to the links below for more information and instructions:

What is UC Berkeley's account information?

My bank says they have to wire funds directly to my school’s bank account.

When you send funds through Flywire or Western Union, you are sending funds to UC Berkeley. Flywire, and Western Union acting as our agent, processes your payment and delivers it directly to us in the destination currency along with your student information for accurate posting. This is how UC Berkeley receives wire transfer payments from outside of the US.

Attempting to send wire transfers without utilizing Flywire or Western Union will cause delays in UC Berkeley receiving your payment and updating your student account. Additional fees may also apply.

Please initiate your payment through your Cal Central portal. For bank transfer options, once you initiate the payment, you will receive payment instructions with an authorization letter permitting your bank to send the funds via Flywire or Western Union. If your bank has any questions, Flywire's and Western Union's support can help.

What are UC Berkeley's bank wire details?

You can obtain UC Berkeley's bank wire details by first initiating your payment on your Cal Central student portal via CashNet, and then selecting either Flywire or Western Union. Once you initiate your payment, the bank information will be displayed with instructions on how to send your payment.

International payments to UC Berkeley are managed by Flywire and Western Union to ensure funds are received promptly and securely. Both options will process and deliver your payment directly to UC Berkeley with your student information for accurate posting.

How do I pay from a foreign country using US Dollars?

UC Berkeley has partnered with Flywire and Western Union for international student payments and payment from a foreign country using US Dollars. Please refer to the links below for more information and instructions:

Does UC Berkeley accept direct wire payments?

Please note that UC Berkeley does not accept direct wire payments from students. Wire transfers intended for student payments must be remitted through Flywire or Western Union, which will ensure that your payment is posted to your account correctly and timely.

Please refer to the following two options for International Payments:

What is Flywire, and is it safe to use?

Yes, Flywire is a secure and convenient way to make international payments to UC Berkeley. Flywire allows you to track your payment online from start to finish, leverage 24/7 multi-lingual customer support, and access competitive exchange rates.

Does Flywire charge fees?

Flywire's exchange rates seem higher than what I can find online.

The exchange rates you may find online are mid-market rates, which are not available to individuals. Instead, mid-market rates are the published rates for currency purchases for large volume traders.

Please reach out to Flywire's customer service team with any pricing concerns. If you have found a lower rate with your bank for local bank transfer payments, Flywire offers a best rate guarantee that will match your bank's offer.

Please refer to the Best Price Guarantee for Bank Transfers page on the Flywire website for more information.