UC Berkeley Summer School

Engineering & Technology

Designing Tomorrow: Engineering & Technology

Designing Tomorrow: Engineering & Technology will provide you with an introduction to the emerging technology that is shaping the future. Providing a broad foundation into engineering principles and fields, it will inspire you to take on the future’s grand challenges from alternative energy to advanced robotics and beyond. Discover your career pathway in engineering and technology.

Design tomorrow’s solutions through a comprehensive overview of the intersection of engineering and technology. On this future facing and intellectually challenging course, you will explore a wide range of engineering disciplines with specific applications in the fields of advanced robotics and technology. Step into the future as you visit emerging technology firms, inspired by thought leaders and futurists who are already designing for tomorrow.

University of California, Berkeley

Location San Francisco
For Ages 16-18 years
Duration 2 weeks
Price £4995
Start Dates 2 Jul, 16 Jul
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Great if you're thinking about

  • Solving grand challenges like access to clean water, feeding the planet, or the next generation of advanced robotics

  • Identifying and exploring the different fields of engineering

  • Pursuing an Engineering, Computer Science or Technology degree at university

  • Becoming part of the next generation of technological thinkers and leaders

On this course you will

  • Learn how to compare multiple fields of engineering and find your potential career pathway

  • Gain insight into emerging technology, advanced robotics and the grand challenges of engineering

  • Learn and apply engineering principles to design challenges

  • Master problem solving and critical thinking skills through the Capstone Project

  • Learn how to design, develop, and propose a technical innovation to a grand challenge, team building, project management, data visualisation and presenting skills

  • Strengthen your capacity and skills for project leadership

  • Participate in a robot competition using LEGO Mindstorms sets

What's Included

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of UC Berkeley

  • Inspiring courses taught by experts

  • International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included

  • Graduation, report cards and certificate

  • Maximum 15 students per class

  • 17.5 hours of tuition per week

  • Inspirational cultural programmes

Experience

Oxford Royale Academy

Start something truly amazing at our Berkeley Summer School, on campus at UC Berkeley.

  • Experience life at the University of California
  • Choose from a range of fascinating subjects
  • Network with students from all over the world
  • Enjoy showstopping parties and black-tie events

How You'll Learn

Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.

Workshops

Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.

Masterclasses

An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.

Guest Speakers

Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.

Debates

Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.

Interactive Lectures

Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.

Group projects

An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.

Seminars

Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Educational Trips

Our trips provide real examples of the course subject in action, and bring students' learning to life for them.

Start something amazing today!

Book a call with one of our advisors. We will call you at the time requested to answer any questions you have and to help you through the booking process.

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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. Learn on campus with Oxford Royale, with expert tutors to nurture your passions and broaden your horizons.

Join exciting activities and trips

Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry – we never forget that you’re on holiday! Your UC Berkeley summer session will provide unmissable excursions in this quirky city. Discover San Francisco with Oxford Royale, from the mysterious history of Alcatraz Island, to exploring the natural scenery of the city’s many stunning parks, seeing the ‘Crookedest Street in the World’ to riding in cable cars. 

Make unforgettable memories in one of the USA’s most exciting cities with Oxford Royale.

 

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 and Yale University) – £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 (17.5 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • 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%

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

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.

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 roll-call at breakfast; 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.

Yes, all students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.Cancellations made after the commencement date of the course will not receive any refund.

 

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. You can simply book onto two different courses.

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.

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