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Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program

 

 

This program has been suspended for summer 2020

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program offers international and domestic high school students the opportunity to live on campus and enjoy the summer at Berkeley. Pre-College Scholars participants will get the opportunity to earn college credit while experiencing university life to the fullest with other students from Berkeley and around the world. During the program, students will take two courses offered through Berkeley Summer Sessions, as well as participate in extracurricular activities, excursions, and an exploratory workshop series delivered by skilled admissions professionals.

Your summer residential experience begins with airport pickup, orientation sessions, an interactive campus tour, and opportunities to meet with program staff and other participants. Activities and excursions are planned by UC Berkeley undergraduate Resident Assistants and Mentors (RAMs) and the program staff to help you meet other students in your program, make the most out of your time at Berkeley, and prepare for your future college experience.

Find courses to meet and challenge your desire to learn. Whether looking for the next set of courses beyond your high school offerings, exploring a possible college major, or seeking to try courses in an area of special interest, you can find it at Berkeley in the summer! Learn from and with the best, and our staff will work with you every step of the way.

Choose from courses offered in Session C (June 22 - August 14, 2020) and Session D (July 6 - August 14, 2020 ), and specially designed Pre-College Scholars tracks such as the Legal Studies Program: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Watch a  Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program: Online Info Session.

Program Benefits:

  • Chaperoned housing in campus residence halls along with a robust meal plan
  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your college application
  • A Berkeley transcript that can be requested from the UC Berkeley's Office of the Registrar
  • College credit that may be transferable to another college program*
  • A personal letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning for passing grades upon email request
  • Welcome orientation, interactive campus tours, local excursions, social activities, and more!
  • College preparation workshops
  • Support from designated program staff throughout the program
  • If needed, I-20 issued by Berkeley International Office (international students)

*Acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution.

 

Pre-College Scholars Residential Checklist

1. Before You Apply
2. During Application
3. After You Apply

 Pre-College Scholars Residential Parents

Letter to parents


Office Hours: Office hours by appointment at 1995 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Email: precollege@berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-642-5611

Application deadline: Application is now closed.

View Online Info-Session on YouTube or Youko (Password: precollege)

 

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program is open to both domestic and international high school students who will be 16-18 years old by the start of the program (Sunday, June 21).

Students must be in good academic standing in their home institutions. International high school students must meet the Summer Sessions' English Language Requirements.

The program is designed for domestic and international high school students who may live outside the local San Francisco Bay Area and are seeking housing during the summer academic session.

Domestic students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  • Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes and plan to continue their high school studies in the subsequent fall
  • Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school coursework
  • 16 years of age by June 21, 2020
  • Require residential housing

International students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  • Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes and plan to continue their high school in the subsequent fall
  • Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school coursework (or comparable qualitative evaluation)
  • Meet our minimum English language proficiency requirements, if applicable
  • Maintain your own health insurance coverage as outlined in our health insurance requirement*
  • 16 years of age by June 21, 2020
  • Require a visa**
  • Require residential housing

High school graduates: Students who have graduated from high school before the start of summer classes are not eligible for the Pre-College Scholars program. High school graduates can attend Berkeley Summer Sessions as a visiting student and need to apply using the visiting student application.

*All students are required to have health insurance coverage for the duration of the program. If you do no have health insurance, you should purchase a health insurance policy before you arrive in Berkeley. The program only provides a basic health insurance plan where students must pay out of pocket before getting reimbursed for doctor's appointments, emergencies, and prescriptions; the plan does not cover psychiatric support and dental work; therefore, students are expected to purchase a supplemental plan or maintain their own insurance. For suggestions regarding health insurance options, please visit this page.

**All international students are expected to attend the program on the appropriate student visa. For visa questions, email precollege@berkeley.edu. Attending the program on a non-student visa may result in the violation of your status in the country, and we are unable to provide any advising or support to non-student visa holders.

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program is a program designed for domestic and visiting international students who may not be living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students do not need to apply for housing as room and board are provided by UC Berkeley, and all participants are required to live in assigned residential housing. Students will live with other Pre-College Scholars program participants in dormitories within walking distance of the main campus. They will be under the full-time supervision of residential program staff RAs.

Students will be housed in Unit 3 complex. All students will be sharing rooms (doubles & triples) and will receive their housing assignments upon arrival. The assignments are not negotiable. Unit 3 includes a dining center, main office, recreation lounge, laundry facilities, and the Academic Services Center. Rooms will have dressers, desks, mirrors, and closets. As Pre-College Scholars, students will be subjected to a daily curfew from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Meals

Students will receive a meal plan that offers 16 meals weekly. In addition, students will also receive 32 'flex dollars' which is an additional value to cover the rest of their meals. Student meals and flex dollars will reset weekly, and that can be used in Cal Dining and retail locations on campus such as the Golden Bear Cafe and Pro Shop. Meals can be redeemed in any of our four dining commons: Crossroads, Cafe 3, Foothill, and Clark Kerr. Cafe 3 and Crossroads are the closest to your residence hall.UC Berkeley ranks among the top colleges for the best food and dining halls.

 

 

Pre-College Scholars Residential students are required to enroll in two lower-division courses and meet the full-time unit requirement based on the session. Students may select from a large catalog of Berkeley Summer Sessions courses that are available to high school students.

(Full-time enrollment in Session C is six units, and full-time enrollment in Session D is five units)


Summer Sessions Courses

Pre-College Scholars students may enroll in Berkeley Summer Session courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division) offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 22 - August 14, 2020) and Session D (six weeks: July 6 - August 14, 2020), as long as the course is available to high school students and students have met all course prerequisites.

View the full list of summer session courses.

*NEW! Special Pre-College Program Legal Studies Track: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (program open to high school students)

We do offer specially designed Pre-College Scholars tracks such as the Legal Studies Program: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, which is available to high school students in the Pre-College program. Offered during Session D, this program offers two 4-units courses: Civil Rights Civil Liberties: Equality and Fundamental Rights & Civil Rights Civil Liberties: First Amendment.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Track Overview

The United States operates under the constraints imposed by a written constitution. Our courses this summer will explore the ways in which the Constitution affects the relationship between us as individuals and the state, and they will ask what the appropriate role is for the Courts while policing that relationship.

Courses
Legal Studies 10 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Equality and Autonomy Rights – This course will focus on the 14th Amendment's demand that the state provides us all equal protection of the laws, and that it not encroach on our substantive, fundamental rights without due process of the law. We will begin by exploring constitutional rights in the areas of marriage, reproduction, and other family decisions, as well as the right to die. And then we will turn to questions of equality and race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Legal Studies 12 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: First Amendment – This course will focus on issues of free speech as well as the relationship between the government and religion. While we will explore several foundational speeches and religion topics (including the history of free expression and the Court, what kinds of speech can be regulated and why what does it mean to establish a religion?), we will also pay special attention to both issues as they relate to schools. When can high schools or colleges regulate speech? What is the extent of students' rights while on campus? Can governments support private, religious schools? The answers to these questions will help us understand the boundaries of constitutional speech and religion rights.

Students can enroll in one or both courses. As a student in the Legal Studies program, you will have access to the Law School facilities, attend guest lectures, and participate in local field trips organized by the Legal Studies department.

UC Berkeley Summer Session Sample Courses:

  • COMPSCI 61A Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  • FRENCH 1 - Elementary French
  • MATH 1A - Calculus
  • MCELLBI 63 - Intro to Functional Neuroanatomy
  • PSYCH N1 - General Psychology

Click here to view a sample of courses completed by past Pre-College Scholars participants.

Once students submit the Course Enrollment Request Form, they will no longer be able to change the session they plan to attend. All further changes to course schedules must be made by submitting the Petition to Change Class Schedule Form directly to summer staff at precollege@berkeley.edu.
 

• If you applied for Session C (8 weeks: June 22 - August 14, 2020), you may enroll in two Session C courses, or one Session C course (8 weeks) and one Session D (6 weeks: July 6 - August 14, 2020) class. You will NOT be able to enroll in two Session D courses. Please note course enrollment may be impacted by class schedule, availability, and the academic department's discretion. It is crucial to come up with alternative course options in the event that we are unable to process your enrollment request.

• If you applied for Session D (6 weeks: July 6 - August 14, 2020), you will enroll in two Session D courses. You will NOT be able to enroll in any Session C courses.

Once students submit the Course Enrollment Request Form, they will no longer be able to change the session they plan to attend. All further changes to course schedules must be made by submitting a Petition to Change Class Schedule Form directly to summer staff at precollege@berkeley.edu. Please note course enrollment may be impacted by class schedule, availability, and academic department's discretion. It is crucial to come up with alternative course options (just like any college student would) in the event that we are unable to process first-choice selections.

Withdrawing from the program due to not being enrolled in a preferred class will not result in a refund unless the student withdraws prior to the cancelation deadline, April 10, 2020.

 

Eight week - Session C (June 22 - Aug 14, 2020): $15,000
Six week - Session D (July 6 - Aug 14, 2020): $13,700

Pre-College Scholars Residential Program fee includes tuition & fees, housing, meals, orientation, excursions & activities, health insurance, and on-site support.

Fees are subject to change.

For information on how to pay the charges on your account, visit our Student & Billing Services webpage. Fee Payment Plan and Third Party Contracts are not accepted payment options for Pre-College Scholars students

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

All fees will be non-refundable, and no partial refunds will be issued should a student withdraw from the program or drop a class after this deadline.

Withdrawal Process

To withdraw from the program, you must submit the Withdrawal Request Form via your pre-departure portal. This form must be completed by any student admitted to the program who seeks to cancel their participation. Email and phone withdrawal requests will not be accepted.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a full refund (minus the cancellation fee) is Friday, April 10th. If you cancel or are dismissed from the program after April 10, you are still responsible for the full program fee.

Refund:

Refund of Credit Card Payments

If your fees have been paid with a credit card, and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive a refund to the original credit card used to pay the fees. Refunds from cancellations and withdrawals will be processed within 15 business days from the day of the cancellation/withdrawal.

Refund of Non-Credit Card Payments

If your fees have been paid with a method other than a credit card and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive an email notification within 15 business days that the refund is available either via Direct Deposit or as a paper check that will be mailed to you.

Refund Appeal

We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program. If you need to drop or withdraw from the Pre-College Scholars program after the deadline, you may request an appeal to the refund policy.

Do not hesitate to contact us at precollege@berkeley.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the withdrawal or refund process.

 

 

In addition to taking Berkeley summer courses, Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Residential Program students will have the opportunity to participate in various extracurricular activities, workshops, and excursions. These activities are planned to help you meet other students in your program, make the most of your Berkeley learning experience, and prepare for your university studies. Dates, times, and events are subject to change.

Please note that the following events are mandatory, so attendance is required by all Pre-College participants. Failure to attend mandatory orientation, activities, and excursions is a violation of the Pre-College Program's Student Code of Conduct and may result in dismissal or serious disciplinary actions.

• 1st Mandatory Excursion: San Francisco Walking Tour, Saturday, June 27, 2020
• 2nd Mandatory Excursion: Golden Gate Park/Museums Visit, Saturday, July 11, 2020
• 3rd Mandatory Excursion: Tour of Silicon Valley: Saturday, July 18, 2020
• 4th Mandatory Excursion: Educational/Volunteering Activity, August 1, 2020

If you plan to apply to the program and have a commitment that will conflict with any of the dates above, then you must notify us immediately at precollege@berkeley.edu to determine whether or not your requests can be accommodated.

Pre-College Orientation

During the first week of your session, all Pre-College Scholars participants will be required to attend two mandatory orientation workshops designed to support your transition into the program and help you make the most of your summer at Berkeley. These orientation sessions will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday of the first week from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Important topics include academic success and integrity, culture shock, health/safety and wellness, and much more.

College Exploration Workshops & Extra-Curricular Activities

Typically, on Tuesdays between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, we will offer academic enrichment and college exploration workshops designed to help students prepare for the college admission process and beyond. Past workshops have included: "College in Perspective," "Anatomy of the College Application", and "Personal Narrative."

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore the exciting attractions the Bay Area has to offer and enjoy various social activities organized by the staff. Past activities and excursions have included a visit to the San Francisco Ferry Building, a walking tour, a spa day, exploring the Cal Academy of Sciences, an ice-cream and boba social, a trip to Silicon Valley, board games, movie nights and bowling.

 

 

Applications open: Monday, February 3, 2020, at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Application deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

Application period now closed.

Your Application: What to Expect

 

  1. Online application. (Gather the following information before you begin.) 
    • Basic biographical (name, birth date, gender, citizenship, etc.) and contact information
    • Emergency contact information
  2. Complete the personal insight questions. When completing the online application, all students are required to submit two short answers (100 words each) to the following questions:
    • What in your academic background prepares you to participate in this program?
    • Please tell us about a facet of your personality that you believe will help you adjust to academic life and living on-campus with other students this summer at UC Berkeley.
  3. Your most recent high school transcript (PDF copy), showing all high school work through Fall 2019. Report cards are not acceptable. Please be sure to include an official translation of the document if it is in a language other than English. Must also include information for at least one full academic year. 
  4. Upload a signed Waiver of Liability & Authorization Form
  5. Upload a signed Release of Authorization for Emergency Treatment Form
  6. Upload a signed Consent to Release Student Information Form
  7. Upload a signed Student Code of Conduct Agreement
  8. Upload a signed Storage and Administration of Medications Form

Complete applications are reviewed by Program staff on a rolling basis. If your application is complete, you will be notified of your admissions decisions to the program via email. If you are admitted to the program, you will have 48 hours to accept your offer of admission on your student portal before the offer expires.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will delay a student's admission to the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program. Please be sure to check your email regularly as staff may email you regarding incomplete application materials. Email precollege@berkeley.edu if you have questions regarding the status of your application

 

Course Enrollment & Tuition and Fee Payment: What to Expect

To confirm your enrollment in the Pre-College Scholars program, you will need to:

1. Accept your offer of admissions and complete your Course Enrollment Request form located in your application portal. After you accept your offer of admission, you will have 48 hours to complete and submit your Course Enrollment Request form. Program staff will enroll you in your course(s) based on your selections. You will not be enrolled in your program courses until your Course Enrollment Request Form is completed and submitted. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure the course is offered during Session C or D

  • Make sure the course is numbered 1-99

  • Check the course description and make sure the course/s you have chosen is open to you. Course rules and requirements can be accessed by clicking on the course number under the schedule of classes

  • Check course prerequisites to be sure that you have met the requirements listed. These can be found in the catalog description of the course in the Berkeley Academic Guide

2. Pay all tuition and fees. The program fee will be assessed to your CalCentral account once you have been enrolled in your program courses. Tuition and fees must be paid in full within seven calendar days of admission to the program.

After you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email with instructions for setting up your CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of accepting your offer. If you encounter any issues with receiving your CalNet information, please contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

Once you create your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the CalCentral system to pay your fees, and access information about UC Berkeley. Pre-College Scholars do not have access to course registration in the CalCentral system. Please note that when you log in to CalCentral, you will see the following active hold "Visiting High School Student" under your Status and Hold section. You can disregard this message as this will not impact your course registration in any way. All new and revised enrollment will be processed by program staff.

The program fee will be assessed to your CalCentral account once you have accepted and confirmed your admission to the program. All program fees must be paid in full in CalCentral within seven calendar days from when students confirm their admission to the program, or their admitted status will be removed. Failure to submit a payment within the seven-day window is not considered an official cancellation from the program, and you will continue to owe all program fees if you cancel or fail to pay after the cancellation deadline. To withdraw from the program without the financial penalty, all applicants must submit a formal request via their admissions portal before the Friday, April 10, 2020 cancellation deadline.

 

For information on paying charges on your student account, visit our Student and Billing Services webpage here. Fee Payment Plan and Third Party Contracts are not accepted payment options for Pre-College Scholars students. Please allow 3-5 business days for payment processing time. Failing to receive payment on time will result in the student being dropped from their class(es) and the program, and there are no guarantees the student will be able to return to the program, their courses, and/or associated sections. To view in-person and online payment options, visit the following link: https://studentbilling.berkeley.edu/payments-and-refunds

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are submitted, and admission is not considered confirmed until all tuition and fees are paid.

 

 

 

Admission Grades & Transcripts Classroom Diversity
Course Enrollment Visa Information Campus Safety
Waitlisted Courses Payment Insurance
Conflicting Courses Enrollment Changes Cancellation & Withdrawal
Student Learning Center CalCentral Account Refund
UC Libraries Attendance Cancellation Fees
Recreational Sports Course Syllabus Student Responsibilities
Materials Fee Cal 1 Card  
Additional Links & Resources Student Code of Conduct  

 

 

Admission

You will be notified of admission to the program via email. If you are admitted to the program, you will have 48 hours to accept your offer of admission in our student portal before the offer expires.

Admission to the Pre-College Scholars: Residential Program at Berkeley Summer Sessions is conditional on compliance with program eligibility requirements & University policies, and may be revoked at the discretion of the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning in accordance with the Summer Sessions and the Student Code of Conduct. By accepting our offer of admission, you agree to the rules and program policies outlined regarding fees, cancellation deadlines, refunds, enrollment changes, and student conduct, included but not limited to those listed in our Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Course Enrollment

When you accept your offer of admission, you will complete an online Course Enrollment Request Form. Program staff will enroll you in your course(s) based on your selections. You will be limited to course offerings based on the session you selected in this application:

  • If you selected Session C (8 weeks - June 22- August 14, 2020), you may enroll in two Session C courses OR one Session C course and one Session D course.
  • If you selected Session D (6 weeks - July 6 - August 14, 2020), you will enroll in two Session D courses.

Pre-College Scholars students are not permitted to enroll in online courses or courses offered outside of Session C and D.

Pre-College Scholars students may enroll in courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), as long as there is space available in the course, the course is available to high school students, and all course prerequisites have been met. Pre-College Scholars will not be permitted to enroll in upper-division coursework under any circumstances.

Course enrollment may be impacted by class schedule, availability, and academic department's discretion. It is crucial to come up with alternative course options in the event that we are unable to process your enrollment request

Note: You MUST enroll in courses based on the session dates you selected:

Failure to enroll in the correct session courses may jeopardize your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential program.

 

Waitlisted Courses

All program participants must be enrolled in two courses and meet the full-time unit requirement (based on the session). Students will not be enrolled in any course with a waitlist.

 

Conflicting Courses

The two courses that are selected should not conflict or overlap with each other's scheduled time. Summer staff will be unable to process your course enrollment if there are any meeting time conflicts, and you will be asked to select a different schedule. This will delay your enrollment and your ability to pay for the program and move forward with the next steps.

 

Enrollment Changes

All program participants must be enrolled in two courses. All program participants must consult with program staff regarding any enrollment changes (drop or add a new course) after the initial submission of their Course Enrollment Request Form.

 

CalCentral Account

After you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email with instructions for setting up your CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of accepting your offer. If you encounter any issues with receiving your CalNet information, please contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

Once you create your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the CalCentral system to pay your fees and access information about UC Berkeley. As detailed above, Pre-College Scholars do not have access to course registration in the CalCentral system. Please note that when you log in to CalCentral, you will see the following active hold "Visiting High School Student" under your Status and Hold section. You can disregard this message as this will not impact your course registration in any way. All new and revised enrollment will be processed by program staff. Once you are in CalCentral, make sure to keep an eye on any tasks you are required to complete, which include uploading your photo ID, submitting the VSIS form to get your I-20 (international students only), confirming your local address after arrival, among others. Failing to complete those tasks on time will interfere with your ability to participate in the program.

 

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory.

If a student becomes ill or misses class due to a personal emergency, they should be sure to notify their Resident Assistant and Mentor (RAM) immediately and request their assistance if medical attention is needed. Students should plan to present a note from their hospital or doctor to request an absence be excused due to illness. Students should also notify the instructor and ensure they read the course syllabus regarding the course policy on making up work or an exam. Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to an absence, whether it is excused or unexcused.

 

Course Syllabus

At the start of each class, students should receive a course syllabus that outlines the course content, objectives, policies, expectations, and any other information deemed important by the course instructor. Students should read through this document carefully and keep it as a reference for the duration of the course.

 

Textbooks, Supplies, and Course Materials Fee

Students will be responsible for purchasing their textbooks and other required supplies (e.g. scientific calculator). Textbooks are generally available at the UC Berkeley Campus Bookstore located at 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720. It is up to students to ensure they purchase the correct books, including the required editions, as assigned by the course instructor. Students are not expected to purchase the textbooks before their first class unless specifically instructed to do so.

Some academic departments charge a Course Materials Fee for specific courses, such as those with science or computer labs, photography labs, art supplies, or similar costs. This fee is assessed by the academic department at a later time, directly to each student's account.

 

Cal 1 Card

The Cal 1 Card is UC Berkeley's official photo ID card and access card to many campus benefits. It functions as a key card to residence halls and campus buildings, as well as a meal card for many Cal Dining locations. It can also be used as a debit card to make purchases at a variety of on and off-campus vendors. For more information and to add funds to your Cal 1 Card debit account, students should visit the Cal 1 Card website. It is critical to upload your photo in CalCentral as soon as possible and prior to your arrival at Berkeley. Failure to do so may result in delaying your ID card being issued, which will impact your ability to access your residence hall and meals upon arrival. In this case, you will be responsible for paying for your meals until your card is ready for use.

 

Grades and Transcripts

Information regarding the UC Berkeley grading scale can be found on this page. Information regarding how to order your transcript can be found on this page.

 

Visa Information

International students should be aware of all policies and requirements related to their visa for the program. All international students are expected to attend the program on the appropriate student visa. For visa questions, email precollege@berkeley.edu. Attending the program on a non-student visa may result in the violation of your status in the country, and we are unable to provide any advising or support to non-student visa holders.

How to Obtain My Visa?

After you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email with instructions for setting up your CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of accepting your offer. If you encounter any issues with receiving your CalNet information, please contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

Once you create your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to CalCentral. CalCentral, UC Berkeley's online student service center, will reflect the courses you have registered for through the Course Enrollment Request Form as well as all the necessary tasks that you must complete before the start of your academic session. After you successfully enroll in your classes, an important 'I-20 task' titled the Visiting Summer International Student (VSIS) will appear. Receiving an I-20 to schedule your visa interview is conditional upon the completion of this task.

The deadline to submit your VSIS form in CalCentral for Session C students is Friday, May 15, 2020. The deadline for Session D students is Friday, May 29, 2020. Berkeley International Office (BIO) will mail you your I-20 after processing your VSIS form so that you are able to move forward with the visa application process. Failing to submit your SVIS application on time will prevent you from participating in the program, and no refunds will be issued. Make sure to allow enough time for your I-20 to arrive.

 

Payment

All program fees must be paid in full in CalCentral within seven calendar days from when students confirm their admission to the program, or their admitted status will be removed. Failure to submit a payment within the 7-day window is not considered an official cancellation from the program, and you will continue to owe all program fees if you cancel or fail to pay after the cancellation deadline. To withdraw from the program without financial penalty, all applicants must submit a formal request via the admissions portal before the cancellation deadline. See below for more information.

Your Pre-College Scholars fee will be billed in your CalCentral account when you accept your offer of admission.

Please note: For information on options available for paying charges on your student account visit our Student and Billing Services webpage here. Fee Payment Plan and Third Party Contracts are not accepted payment options for Pre-College Scholars students.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive email notification of a change in your application status. When you log in to the application system, you should see your offer of admission to the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program. You are required to confirm your admission to the program within 48 hours of the notification being sent to you, including submission of the Course Enrollment Request Form. You will be enrolled in courses based on this form as long as there are no scheduling conflicts, and the courses are available. Please note your course selections may take some time to process, and the Course Enrollment Request Form will be the only time you can make a change to your selected session (C or D). Course enrollment may be impacted by class schedule, availability, and academic department's discretion. It is crucial to have alternative course options in the event that we are unable to process your initial enrollment request.

Once you confirm your admission, you will have seven calendar days to pay all program fees in full. Failure to pay within the seven-day window is not considered an official cancellation from the program, and you will continue to owe all program fees if you cancel or fail to pay after the cancellation deadline. To withdraw from the program, all applicants must submit a formal request via the admissions portal before the cancellation deadline. All fees become non-refundable after the deadline, whether a student has paid or not.

Cancellation Deadline: April 10, 2020

All fees will be non-refundable should a student withdraw from the program after this deadline.

For more information on payment, visit our Student and Billing Services webpage.

 

Cancellation and Withdrawal

To cancel your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential program, please review our withdrawal process listed under the Fees tab. We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing the program. If you need to drop or withdraw from the Pre-College Scholars program after the deadline, you may request an appeal to the refund policy by emailing precollege@berkeley.edu. For more information on our appeal process, please visit http://summer.berkeley.edu/registration/refund.

 

Refund

The deadline by which to cancel your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program is Friday, April 10, 2020. If you cancel by this deadline using the Withdrawl Request form, you will receive a full refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee.

There is no refund if the deadline has passed. However, we understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing the program. For more information on our appeal process, please visit this page. Some fees are non-refundable regardless of deadlines.

If you have further questions regarding refunds, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Cancellation Fees

Cancellation means you are dropping all courses and canceling your participation from the program. The non-refundable cancellation fee is $100.

For international students, the International Service Fee becomes non-refundable if a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) has been issued at the time of cancellation.

If you have further questions regarding cancellation fees, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Student Responsibilities

All students are considered "UC Berkeley" students for the duration of the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program and are responsible for adhering to the Berkeley Student Code of Conduct.

Students are also expected to attend all parts of the program, including enrolled classes and mandatory orientations, excursions, and program-related events.

Overnight Guests – Overnight guests and visitors are not allowed. Only students enrolled in the Pre-College Scholars program and assigned to the dorm are permitted housing access.

Drugs & Alcohol – The use of drugs or alcohol while attending the program will not be tolerated. Students in violation of this policy are subject to immediate dismissal from the program.

Smoking & Vaping – UC Berkeley is a smoke-free campus. Students found in violation of this policy are subject to program dismissal.

 

Program Code of Conduct

Students are responsible for adhering to the Pre-College Scholars Code of Conduct, as well as the general Code of Conduct established for students living on campus.

Leave/Overnight Stay Requests

Students requesting late curfew or seeking to spend any overnight away from campus during the weekdays or weekends must submit a signed Late/Overnight Stay Request form by their parent or legal guardian. Request for such permission must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance, during regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm PST). Any requests conflicting with required program activities and excursions will not be approved. The Pre-College Scholars Program retains final authority on late curfew and leave requests. Once submitted, students will receive a follow-up email regarding their request decision.

Early Release Requests

Students request an early release from the program before Friday, August 14, must submit a signed Early Release form by their parent or legal guardian. Request for early release must be submitted via email directly to Soukaina Elbani, the Risk Management Specialist, at selbani@berkeley.edu, at least 72 hours in advance, during regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm PST). It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have completed all final exams and class requirements as this form does NOT exempt a student from final exams or class requirements. Once submitted, students will receive a follow-up email regarding their request decision.

 

Classroom Diversity

Studying at UC Berkeley is an opportunity for students to meet new people, be exposed to different cultures, and enjoy a global experience. We hope that when students come to Berkeley, they will spend the summer outside of the comfort of their first language and culture. We strongly advise that students select from the full range of course offerings and take classes that are different from those they would typically take back home. This is the best way to have an authentic Berkeley experience while enhancing their cultural and academic learning opportunities.

 

Campus Safety Resources

In order to be familiar with the various safety resources available at UC Berkeley, all Pre-College Scholars Program students are highly encouraged to download the UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Safety Brochure, as well as the Safety Resource Contact Card for their smartphones. 

Berkeley offers comprehensive free night safety services: BearWalk Escort (trained student employees of UCPD, uniformed and radio-equipped), night shuttle buses, and door-to-door service. BearWalk provides a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation, or parking facilities during evening hours. All services are free and available to all.

Health Insurance

All Pre-College Scholars Residential Program participants will be automatically enrolled in the university Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). SHIP provides a comprehensive major medical insurance plan, providing medical, counseling, prescription, vision and dental services.

 

Medical Information Form

After acceptance in the Pre-College Scholars Program, students will need to submit the Medical Information form. While providing information on this form is voluntary, students are encouraged to disclose any accommodations (physical, mental, academic, etc.), health conditions, allergies, or dietary restrictions on the form. We will try our best to support any students with accommodation requests and/or health needs. 

Existing Medical or Mental Health Conditions and Injuries 

If you suffer from an existing medical or mental health condition (short term or chronic) or injury, you must do the following: 

  1. Talk to your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks before your planned departure date to:
  • Determine whether it is safe for you to travel with your condition 
  • Develop a plan that ensures you will have to ask how you can get enough required medication for the duration of your program 
  • Ask about any changes to taking your medicine once you are in a different time zone
  • Ask how to store your medicine and check if it needs to be refrigerated safely
  • Develop a plan of care that will ensure you remain well for the duration of the program
  1. Keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Ensure that they are clearly labeled with your full passport name, doctor’s name, generic and brand name, and exact dosage
  2. Bring copies of all prescriptions (preferably in English), including the generic names for medicines
  3. Leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a friend or relative in case you lose your copy or need an emergency refill
  4. Be prepared to store and administer your own medication safely. All Pre-College Scholars students are required to fill out and sign the Storage and Administration of Medications Form before the start of the program.

Measles and Varicella Vaccines 

All Pre-College Scholars Program students are required to get the Measles (MMR) and Varicella (chickenpox) vaccines before their arrival. The Varicella vaccine is only recommended if you have never had the chickenpox virus. 

If you are unable to obtain the MMR and/or the Varicella vaccines prior to your arrival to Berkley, you can visit UC Berkeley’s University Health Center once you arrive and receive the needed vaccine(s). The fee for the MMR vaccine is $95, and the fee for the Varicella vaccine is $153. For more information, please visit the immunizations page on the University Health Services website.

 

 
 

Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center (SLC) is a community of 18 professional staff with disciplinary expertise, 300 trained undergraduate peer tutors, and 20 Graduate Student Instructors. The SLC is dedicated to fostering academic excellence and is driven by the philosophy that students working with students to promote academic and personal success. Summer services include study groups and drop-in tutoring in math, science, and statistics, tutoring and coaching in writing, and a study lounge.

 

UC Berkeley Libraries

Ranked among the top 10 libraries in the US by the American Library Association, Berkeley's library system includes over 30 libraries on campus, offers more than 11 million volumes (including books, microforms, maps, newspapers), and a wide variety of tools to help students complement their classroom education. Students looking for a quiet place to study will find that the libraries are an ideal environment.

 

Computer Centers

The general access computer facilities provide convenient and secure on-campus computing facilities for students. Staff provides up-to-date and relevant software and hardware, coupled with outstanding customer service and technical support.

Two microcomputer facilities are available to Summer Session students for general access. The Wheeler Microcomputer Facility, located at 211 Wheeler Hall, has 35 computers, and the Evans Microcomputer Facility, located in the basement of Evans Hall, has 60 computers. Both facilities support standard application software and are connected to the campus network and the internet. Open hours are listed on the Workstation & Microcomputer Facilities website.

 

Recreational Sports

Cal Recreational Sports is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, wellness, fitness, personal skills, and quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Rec Sports provides facilities, programs, activities, and the opportunity for cooperative and competitive play. The Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) on campus is the University's largest, most complete fitness center with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three weight rooms, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball courts, six squash courts, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, rowing machines, and stationary bikes. Pre-College students have free access to RSF throughout the program.

 
 

Additional Links and Resources

University Library
Tang Center and University Health Services
Student Learning Center
Berkeley International Office
Residential Student Services Program
bCourses
DSP 
Parking & Transportation
Undergraduate Admissions
Pre-College Residential Code of Conduct
Medical Information Form
Late Curfew & Overnight Stay Request Form
Early Release Form