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UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

Founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state, the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley has become one of the preeminent universities in the world. UC Berkeley gradually established a distinguished faculty (with 22 Nobel laureates to date), a stellar research library, and more than 350 academic programs. Combining outstanding teaching and research programs, UC Berkeley provides broad access for students of all means — educating more federal Pell Grant recipients from low-income families than all eight Ivy League universities combined.

Summer Sessions offers more than 600 courses each summer, in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered over seven different sessions of varying lengths. More than 16,000 students attend UC Berkeley in the summer, and more than 5,000 of those students are visiting students. Several special programs are available to summer students, including programs for incoming freshmen and transfer students, summer study abroad and international and domestic internships, and pre-college programs for high school students.

2021 Summer Schedule

  • Session A - Six Weeks: May 23 - July 1 
  • Session B - Ten Weeks: June 6 - August 12
  • Session C - Eight Weeks: June 20 - August 12
  • Session D - Six Weeks: July 5 - August 12
  • Session E - Three Weeks: July 25 - August 12
  • Session F - Three Weeks: July 5 - July 22

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Scholarships & funding

Visiting students are not eligible for aid from UC Berkeley. Please speak to the financial aid office at your home institution for advisement on financial resources.


Experience summer in the San Francisco Bay Area while studying at the #1 public university! Berkeley Summer Sessions is one of the largest summer programs in the United States, hosting students from all over the world. In fact, about 3,000 of our 16,000 students are international visitors. Berkeley Summer Sessions offers more than 600 courses, including Summer-only certificates, English As a Second Language, and online options. Explore the Bay Area, experience American culture, and make friends from the US and around the world.

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Student services & facilities

Please visit our website for information on student services, campus resources, and all opportunities for students at Berkeley.

Student lifestyle

Berkeley, California is well-known for being a center of academic achievement, scientific exploration, free thought, and free speech. It is home to a culturally, racially, and internationally diverse population of more than 100,000. There is also a long history of supporting and sharing an amazingly talented and diverse art community. Berkeley has a strong community feel, with easy access to the major metropolitan cities of Oakland and San Francisco just a short commute away.


Students seeking housing for summer should apply immediately after enrolling for classes as accommodations tend to fill up quickly. For information on all summer housing options please visit our website.


UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

1995 University Avenue
Suite 130
94704 Berkeley California
United States of America

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