Founded in 1868, 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. Its early guiding lights, charged with providing education for the state’s people, gradually established a distinguished faculty, with 22 Nobel laureates to date, a stellar research library, and more than 350 academic programs.
Berkeley 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—the first session usually begins towards the end of May, and all sessions have ended by mid-August.
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. Enrollment in courses and applications for programs opens in January/February.
Summer Sessions is part of the Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning division, which is under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor of Undergraduate Education.