University of California, Berkeley Summer Academic Program

Summer Academic
Times Top 10
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1868 and the oldest of the University of California’s 10 research institutions, Berkeley values innovative thinking, top-quality research, and public service above all else. One of the most prestigious state universities in the country, it has a deeply motivated academic population committed to excellence and celebrates community in the urban, eclectic greater San Francisco Bay Area. There’s something special about UC Berkeley.

With 6 program start dates, your summer program fits your schedule

Peer tutoring and academic advisors are at the Student Learning Center

Distinguished faculty create rewarding courses that push you to improve

Explore colorful San Francisco and the great Californian outdoors

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Engineering
Housing:
Off-campus apartment
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
3-10 units

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Siyun Min

I enjoyed eating, studying, and chatting with my friends. We often had parties at my Spanish friends' houses and went to the bar or clubs to hang out. I was even invited to frat parties.

University of California, Berkeley SAF Alumni

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About the University

University of California, Berkeley

There’s something special about UC Berkeley. One of the most prestigious state universities in the country, it is home of the Free Speech Movement, a hotbed of student activism, and with a deeply motivated academic population committed to excellence, it celebrates diversity and community in the urban, eclectic greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Opportunity, here, feels endless. Immerse yourself in a shared student experience both on campus and on the trails of wooded Berkeley Hills, the colorful San Francisco streets, and in the great Californian outdoors.

Learn more at University of California, Berkeley's official website.

Academics

University of California, Berkeley's Academic Approach

 

The summer session is perfect if you only have limited time to travel abroad. The elite UC Berkeley nurtures outside-the-box thinking, and it has a driven, motivated community that gives you the full American college experience in a short space of time. Dive into your rigorous academic studies with confidence in this vibrantly diverse, educationally thrilling environment.

With 6 program start dates, you can fit your experience around your home studies. When you arrive, you craft a program to suit your career aspirations from UCB’s 600 classes in 90 departments. Map your own academic schedule and learn firsthand from Berkeley’s renowned professors as you study alongside degree-seeking peers.

Courses

You must register for courses through your student portal (CalCentral) prior to arrival and will use your SAF Course Preference form to guide your registration. You must register for courses to receive an immigration document. 

Course & Departmental Restrictions

Please refer to the Berkeley Class Schedule for specific course offerings. However, the following courses are restricted:

  • Environmental Design: (such as ) Please talk to your SAF Program Advisor is you're interested in architecture, landscape architecture and design courses in this college—they are often not available
  • Business: Due to its popularity, courses in business administration are often impacted, so if you are interested in business administration courses try to apply early

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are available, but are ordinarily open only if you have completed at least 18 upper division units basic to the subject matter of the course.

If you have finished undergraduate study but not yet enrolled in any graduate program, you can also apply to Berkeley Summer Session. As a student who completed undergraduate, your records/transcripts will be on a graduate level which you can use to transfer into graduate school.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • Cambridge: B2
  • CET-4: 493
  • CET-6: 450
  • Duolingo (DET): 105
  • GEPT: High intermediate
  • GRE (Verbal Score): 140
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Itep: Level 5
  • TEM: 70
  • TOEIC: 685
  • *TOEFL iBT 80 *MyBest score less than 3 years old is accepted
  • TOEFL PBT 600 *Computer-based
  • TOEFL: 213

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Summer A 2022 + Summer D 2022

Program dates:
Late May - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
11,210

Summer A 2022

Program dates:
Late May - Early July
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
6,290

Summer B 2022

Program dates:
Early June - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
8,240

Summer C 2022

Program dates:
Mid June - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
7,010

Summer D 2022

Program dates:
Early July - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
6,290

Summer F 2022

Program dates:
Late July - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
5,060

Summer E 2022

Program dates:
Late July - Mid August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
5,060

Housing Information

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Off-campus apartment

Depending on when you start and how long your chosen program lasts, you either live in an on-campus dormitory with a meal plan included in your SAF program fee, or you share an off-campus self-catering apartment with a meal plan available but not included in your fee. In both cases you share a bedroom and build friendships that last a lifetime in your home away from home.

About Berkeley

Why Berkeley

The wooded Berkeley Hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, the great Californian outdoors, colorful San Francisco - Berkeley is an unforgettable destination. Neighbor to Silicon Valley, Berkeley is an inspirational place to study, and downtime might mean hopping on the free transit to see San Francisco’s famous sights, heading for a hike or bike in the Berkeley Hills, or enjoying waterfront views at the Berkeley Marina. 

Learn more about Berkeley

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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