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Guide for Prospective GSIs, Readers, and Tutors

Teaching is an integral part to solidifying one's own grasp of a subject. We catalyze the learning experience by providing teaching opportunities to both our graduate and undergraduate students, to support our course staff, share ideas, and inspire advances in teaching, learning, and research.

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Applications and Deadlines

The Summer and Fall 2020 applications for GSI, Readers, and Tutors are now closed.

The priority deadline for both applications was May 1, 2020.

This is a universal application, where students apply to GSI, Reader and/or Tutor positions through one application. Students may edit their application should they wish to apply to additional positions after they have submitted their application; they do not need to submit a new application.

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Upcoming Events

As a part of the campus-wide preparation of GSIs, attending the following events is required of all first-time GSIs at EECS before they interact with students (in person or online) in their role as an instructor.

EECS UGSI Fall Orientation

  • Friday, September 4, 2020
    3:00pm - 5:00pm

2020 Fall GSI Teaching Conference

  • For All First-Time International GSIs
    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    8:30am – 12:00pm
  • For All First-Time GSIs
    Friday, August 21, 2020
    8:00am – 4:00pm

Learn more about the Fall GSI Teaching Conference.

ASE Orientation Dates

First-time UGSI/GSI appointments for Spring 2020 are required to attend the following union orientation session:

  • January 17, 2020
    Dwinelle Hall, Room 155
    3:00pm - 3:30pm

For all first-time Readers and Tutors:

  • April 9, 2020
    University Hall, Room 150
    10:00am - 10:30am

It is your responsibility to stay informed on your rights and responsibilities under the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the United Auto Workers (UAW) Academic Student Employee Unit (BX), which represents readers, tutors, and GSIs.

GSI Professional Standards & Ethics Online Course

Completing the Online Standards and Ethics Course is required of all first-time GSIs before teaching at UC Berkeley.

GSI Selection Process

Staff GSI Coordinators will be responsible for all GSI hiring. Official GSI offers will be issued from the staff GSI coordinators—offers from faculty are not official.  After faculty requests have been fulfilled, the search begins to assign students to classes without faculty requests.

First Priority
EECS graduate students have the highest priority. Among them, students with guaranteed GSIs have the highest, followed by students who must fulfill the teaching requirement for the Ph.D.  EECS graduate students who need financial support are also a priority. Faculty requests also have priority.

Second Priority
Graduate students from other departments.

Third Priority
Undergraduates. Our own undergrads are quite often excellent GSIs, having taken the courses they will teach.

GSI Non-Native English Speaker's English Proficiency Requirement

All prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language must pass a test of their proficiency in spoken English before they can be appointed to GSI positions. Exempted from this policy are those who hold a B.A., B.S., or other bachelor's level degree from an institution in the United States. The policy applies to all prospective GSIs, whatever their citizenship, country of origin, or residency status, and whatever subject they will be teaching. Those who do not speak English as a native language may satisfy this requirement by passing a test on the Berkeley campus.

A passing score on one of these tests must be obtained before you can be appointed as a GSI.

To see if you satisfy the English Language Requirement, you can take the English Language Proficiency Questionnaire



For any questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Support Team at

Readers & Tutors

Lab Assistants & Academic Intern Appointments

If you are interested in becoming a Lab Assistant or an Academic Intern, contact the TAs of the course in which you are interested.

Requests and call-outs for lab assistants and AIs are also posted on the EECS Piazza forum, please check regularly for updates.

You can also visit the course homepage to learn more information on course staff suport, which can be found through the EECS Course Directory.

For detailed information regarding the campus GSI requirements, fee remission, etc., please consult GSI Appointment Eligibility and Grad Division Teaching and Research Appointments.

Students can also refer to the GSI Teaching and Resource Center as an additional resource for teaching workshops and certifications.