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On campus at The University of California, Berkeley

Get ready for an unforgettable summer experience at our California summer school held on the vibrant campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Open to students aged 16-18, this is your chance to immerse yourself in life at the best public university in the world, located in the stunning San Francisco Bay Area. From outstanding scholars to creative thinkers, UC Berkeley has been home to some of the greatest minds for over 150 years. 

Join our community of students from across the globe for a summer of adventure, learning, and fun. Our comprehensive summer courses are designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to study at the University of California while enjoying all the perks of campus life. With 4 different and diverse course topics to choose from, you will be able to explore cutting-edge research facilities, attend world-class lectures, or participate in exciting extracurricular activities. Our California Summer School really has it all.

Location California
For Ages 16-18
Duration 2 weeks
Price £4995
Start Dates 30 Jun, 14 Jul
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Experience student life in California

Curious about what life may be like at one of the top universities in the United States? With Oxford Royale, students can get a fully immersive experience on one of UC Berkeley’s magnificent campuses: Clark Kerr. You’ll live, study, and dine just like an undergraduate student, giving you an authentic taste of university life. And, with its location in the Bay Area, UC Berkeley is in close proximity to San Francisco – a city brimming with entertainment and culture. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore this vibrant area like a real undergraduate. 

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Berkeley Summer School San Francisco Cable Cars
Berkeley Summer School Sather Gate
Berkeley Summer School Golden Gate Bridge
Berkeley Summer School the Campanile

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Schedule a call with our admissions experts who can answer any questions you may have and guide you through the booking process, including details on our summer school campuses, how to select the right course, and what to expect when you arrive.

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Experience UC Berkeley

The Oxford Royale experience is now available in sunny California at the world’s top public university, UC Berkeley. Here is what makes us different:

  • International classes
  • Inspirational venues
  • Career focused courses
  • Unique learning model
  • Exclusive events and fascinating trips

We have changed the lives of over 30,000 students since 2004. Now it’s your turn!

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Find out more about our inspirational venues, award winning academic programmes, and the life changing impact our summer schools can have.

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Exciting Activities and Trips

Soak up the sun this summer and join Oxford Royale on incredible trips, including a visit to San Francisco, a vibrant location where creativity meets innovation. Be inspired by the history on campus and tour stunning architecture, including Sather Tower,  and discover the exciting social side of the University of California.

Discover San Francisco

Visit San Francisco and enjoy the sun and excitement that this city has to offer. Ride the iconic cable cars, wander through Golden Gate Park and soak up the sunshine, view the spectacular skyline from Coit Tower, or have a relaxed visit to the spectacular Palace of Fine Arts.

Berkeley Summer School: San Francisco cable cars

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is just offshore from San Francisco, and is now a tourist spot where you can visit what once was the Alcatraz Prison. Explore the island where notorious criminals like Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz were once imprisoned.

Berkeley summer school: Alcatraz island

The Campanile: Sather Tower

Sather Tower is a well recognised symbol of the University of California, Berkeley, known as The Campanile for its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. Ride to the top and take in spectacular views of the campus and the entire Bay Area.

Berkeley Summer School: campanile

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic image of San Francisco, so have the chance to see this architectural masterpiece for yourself. A marvel of modern engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and connects San Francisco to Marin County.

Berkeley Summer School: Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Historic Redwoods

Redwoods are home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world, and UC Berkeley has some right on campus. See for yourself these magnificent natural treasures, and explore the area further to see the Berkeley Peace Grove and the Mather Redwood Grove on a peaceful walk.

Berkeley summer school: historic redwoods


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Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, and where you would like to study, you can book online using our secure booking system. You will need the details of the student and of the person paying the bill, the name of the course or courses you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant deposit.

We are happy to accept deposit payments via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your deposit payment by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.

Once your application has been submitted, your deposit payment has been received by us and your booking processed by our system or our team, you will be sent an email confirming your place. You will also receive a login to the Oxford Royale Portal, which you will use to provide us with important additional information about you as your time with us approaches.

A Welcome Pack is available to download from the Oxford Royale Portal.

If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a member of our award-winning Customer Service team, please feel free to contact us.

All enrolments require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2023, deposit payments are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-15, 16-18 and 19+ (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Yale University and UC Berkeley) – £995 GBP for each 2-week session

You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date.

The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the course fees must be covered in full. We appreciate that, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, people may require additional flexibility to these terms, and we are doing our best to accommodate that – please contact us if you have concerns regarding making the balance payment in line with the 90-day deadline.

Enrolments received via our online application form will require a debit or credit card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer or another method, we are happy to facilitate this. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange this.

Balance payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to the Oxford Royale Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (Minimum taught hours per week: 17.5)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation at a top university
  • Meals in the dining hall of your college, every day of your programme (Meals provided: breakfast, lunch and dinner for ages 13-15; breakfast and dinner for ages 16-18 and 19+)
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions (kindly note that excursions can be to local attractions or to sites further afield)
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be made on the following terms:

  • No refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
  • For cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees excluding the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the course will not receive any refund.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

  • B1 for EFL courses
  • B2 or IELTS level 5.5 – 6.5 for IELTS Preparation
  • C1 or IELTS level 6.5 or higher for all academic courses

Students who have studied at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done by enrolling on two different programmes.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at breakfast roll-call; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

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