Please know that the University of California gives California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants. Students who wish to transfer to UC Berkeley from another school are considered in light of their personal circumstances and the availability of space. Transfer students are not admitted from institutions abroad unless they have since attended a domestic institution. The UC system application period is November for admission to the following fall semester. UC Berkeley does not accept new transfer applications for the spring semester. Transfer applicants must apply with 60—80 semester units completed by the end of the spring prior to fall matriculation.
The following sample essay was written by a student named David. He wrote the transfer essay below for the Common Transfer Application in response to the prompt, "Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve" to words. David is attempting to transfer from Amherst College to the University of Pennsylvania. As far as admissions standards go, this is a lateral move—both schools are extremely selective. His letter will need to be extremely strong for his transfer application to be successful.
The degree conferred is from the latter UC. However, please read the full article to better understand what this may entail. During my sophomore year of college, I had to complete the UC application again and take college-level courses while balancing my other commitments, which was a lot to handle.