University of California, Berkeley Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions Residential Program

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Trapped in your room all summer? Get out, enhance your communication skills, experience American culture, and bathe in the Californian golden sunshine! Most importantly, make the most out of your summer, and build the foundation for studying abroad and your future career. Live, learn, and grow.
Trapped in your room all summer? Get out, enhance your communication skills, experience American culture, and bathe in the Californian golden sunshine! Most importantly, make the most out of your summer, and build the foundation for studying abroad and your future career. Live, learn, and grow.

Program Overview

Arrival: July 4, 2020
Departure: August 14, 2020
(6 weeks)
  • Berkeley transcript and college credits (depending on number & type of courses taken)
  • Experience of US education and college life for international students
UC Berkeley students as around-the-clock residential counselors, academic tutors, and mentors
Cultural Activities
High-value extracurricular activities on weekends and some weekdays that are educational, fun, and help foster international friendships
Curriculum Component
class period
Class Period
July 6 - August 14, 2020
(Summer Session D,
6 weeks)
Registration Deadline
May 27, 2020
Application Qualification
College freshman or above, including high school graduate in summer
Visa & Registration
Berkeley I-20, International student F-1 visa, registering at least five credit units
english proficiency requirements
English Proficiency
TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, CET4/6: 493
* Applicants who do not meet the English proficiency requirement may select courses only from the English as Second Language or College Writing Program category, which may be counted as college credits as well.
Business, Science, Humanities, Social Science, History, Geography, Environmental Science, Education, Law, Film & Media, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Arts, Music, Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Foreign Languages, and College Writing Program, etc.
Curriculum Program Fees
Tuition, Enrollment Fee, one-time non-refundable Document Management Fee, and International Service Fee
* These fees are due directly to UC Berkeley
application process
Application Process
Visit Berkeley Summer Sessions or consult with CFM counselor
Residential Component

Program Value

University Campus
Operated by CFM Educational Services – a partner of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and Lawrence Hall of Science
berkeley students on campus
Berkeley is an ethnically and culturally diverse campus offering a great summer opportunity to cultivate independent learning
berkeley residential counselor
Residential counselors are Berkeley senior students and will provide academic advising, cultural guidance, social learning, and safety supervision
berkeley dorm
The standard college dorm with integrated environment for college life, community, learning, and recreation ensures safety, security, and comfort
berkeley dining
A thoughtful meal plan gives students flexibility to go for their choices of multicultural restaurants and/or economically prepare their own foods in addition to the standard canteen dining
cfm organized excursion
The program organizes high-value excursions to let students enjoy California outdoors and cultural activities that are educational, enriching, friendship-building, and fun


  • Standard college dormitory (5-minute walk to campus) with 24-hour monitored security system and keyed lobby entrance, elevator, and room door
  • Double or triple occupancy
  • Shared floor bathrooms and building kitchen appliances
  • WiFi throughout campus & dorms
  • Conveniently located across the street from campus and a few steps away from restaurants & shops


  • The program includes university meal plan with variety and multicultural options. Students can gather to eat, chat, and hang out, in the meantime enjoy the living/learning atmosphere.
  • Students have their flexibility to decide how and what they eat for weekday breakfast and weekend meals. Restaurants of different varieties are conveniently located around the campus and nearby the apartment that are very accessible.
  • Students can also prepare their own breakfast and midnight snack utilizing the refrigerator and microwave in each room that renders big savings and flexibility.

Program Organized Events & Activities

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Canopy zip-lining
  • Oakland Athletics baseball game
  • SF or Berkeley excursion
  • Theme park
  • Stanford University and outlets shopping
  • Tech company visit
  • Counselor hosted seminars on U.S. college & cultural experience, college or graduate school application, academic advising, etc.
  • Group social events

* All tour itineraries are subject to change without notice

Optional Events & Activities

  • SF Union Square
  • Big C hiking
  • Berkeley Botanical Garden
  • Berkeley Marina
  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Application Eligibility & Materials

Students who received admission from UC Berkeley for Summer Sessions 2020:

  • Summer Sessions Residential Program Application Form, Student Agreement Form
  • Summer Sessions Admission Letter, I-20, Copy of passport, Resume
  • Reservation Deposit

Program Fee

  • Including: SFO airport transportation, standard college dormitory, university weekday meal plan (Lunch & Dinner), refrigerator and microwave in each dorm room, linens, medical insurance, academic guidance, residential counselors/mentors, Silicon Valley tech company visit & guided information session, safety & security management, overseas emergency contact, class registration and international student orientations, high-value cultural and leisure activities throughout the program
  • Not including: Weekday breakfast, weekend meals, airfare, F-1 visa fee, personal expenses, optional events and tours, and fees due directly to UC Berkeley including tuition, enrollment, document management and international service
Spend a summer together with us and move on saying "Berkeley is my Dream School!"