Berkeley Summer School at

The University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley Summer School

On campus at UC Berkeley

Join us this summer at one of Oxford Royale’s award winning summer schools, on campus at the University of California, Berkeley. Located in the stunning San Francisco Bay Area, U.C. Berkeley is the top public university in the world, and has been home to incredible scholars and creative minds for over 150 years.  Step into life on campus and live like a true undergraduate student. Together with students from across the world and expert faculty, Oxford Royale will provide an immersive taste of life at the University of California.

Experience life on campus

What is life like at one of the most celebrated US universities? Oxford Royale students will have a fully immersive experience on campus at one of UC Berkeley’s fourteen spectacular colleges. Live, study and dine with Oxford Royale for a truly authentic taste of undergraduate life at a top university, all while exploring the vibrant location. UC Berkeley is neighbours with San Francisco, an area vibrant with entertainment and culture. Join Oxford Royale and experience the Bay Area like a real undergraduate.

What can I study in Berkeley?

Our courses are taught by world-class tutors and feature incredible guest speakers!

The Oxford Royale Difference

Oxford Royale is the UK’s leading elite academic summer school. 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!

Start something amazing today!

Book a call with us and we will call you back at the time requested to answer any questions you have and help you through the booking process. Start your summer adventure now!

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Exciting Activities and Trips

Summer should be fun, right? Don’t worry, we get that – we never forget that you’re on holiday!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for a peaceful walk.

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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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Hear From Our Students

Hear from students just like you all about their experiences on our summer schools in these videos.

Student Testimonials

Reviews

We have a 4.8 rating based on 725 reviews on Reviews.io.
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Cheinaz

It truly is an amazing experience, and for anyone hesitating to try the course- go for it! I myself am an introvert and was anxious to not make friends or fit in. I was wrong. Everyone was so kind and inclusive. It truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life. 10/10 recommend.

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Camilla

My experience at Oxford Royale Academy has been great in many ways. I really appreciated the classes, teachers and, especially, the opportunity to enjoy an international environment: nice people from all around the world.

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Josefine

I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to come back next year.

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Fatih

I’ve been in Oxford st.Catharine collage for 2 weeks engineering introducing course with Oxford Royal Academy. The course and organization was great and whole process of 2 weeks was smooth and perfect. But i believe courses and organizations are irrelevant, i believe the main purpose in such a program like this one is meeting people all around the world and making network on the way. Im happy that ORA has delivered that perfectly, it’s probably one of my most productive and self-improving 2 weeks of my life. Thanks for every person who make this happen.

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Zeynep

It was definitely one of the best summers of my life and i enjoyed every single day of it. i got to make countless new friends from all around the world. i’ve experienced so many new things and i couldn’t be happier that i decided to go to oxford this summer. it was not only the lessons that made me fall in love with the program but also the activities, the staff and my peers. the staff was always there for us and we could entrust them with everything. everything has its ups and downs but i think that we as a course handled our downs together very well and had a lot more ups and awesome experiences together. i would recommend for everyone to go to oxford royale academy at least once in their life and experience the wonders it has to offer.

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Sean

At my 2 weeks at Balliol College I met friends that I value more than friends I've met for longer periods of time. I learned more about medicine than I did in a full year of Biology at my IBDP school. This truly changed my life and my point of view on bring a Doctor.

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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