University of California at Berkeley, affectionately known as “Cal”, is consistently ranked one of the top public universities in the world. Its faculty have garnered over 70 Nobel Prizes and 14 Pulitzer Prizes, and 20 Academy Awards. This campus serves as the backdrop for your Summer Springboard @ Berkeley summer camp pre-college program experience.
Session 1: July 9-22, 2017
Academic Exploration Tracks
At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Berkeley area. Whenever possible, Berkeley summer program classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.
Each afternoon on the UC Berkeley campus we break out into small groups based on your Academic Track. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Berkeley has to offer.
Medicine & Public Health
Health careers today are integrated, global, and broad. Our Medicine and Public Health Academic Exploration Track prepares students for a wide range of majors and careers in the field of health sciences through a combination of foundational science, math, and social policy coursework as well as insights into current events and trends. Students will also meet with a variety of health professionals to learn more about their career and professional journeys.
Business & Entrepreneurship
The world of business continues to evolve. Management today requires a grasp of finance, marketing, and operations fundamentals as well as collaboration and interpersonal skills. Our Academic Exploration Track introduces students to basic business fundamentals to provide a solid foundation. They will also gain valuable exposure to business topics unique to entrepreneurship such as business plan development and strategy.
Technology & Innovation
Our Technology & Innovation Academic Exploration Track doesn’t just tackle engineering and science fundamentals, it also challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will have exposure to a variety of disciplines within this area to expose them to potential college majors and careers.
Law and Government
The Law and Government Academic Exploration Track gives students a grounding in the fundamentals of our legal system and the political process. Students participating in this track will gain valuable knowledge about constitutional law, regulatory organizations, and criminal justice. In addition, it’s important that students participating in this Track build competencies in legal analysis and writing so there will be projects and exercises to address this skill.
Communication & Writing
In today’s ever changing world, communication and writing remain core fundamental skills. Students participating in the Communication & Writing Academic Exploration Track gain exposure to new media and journalism techniques, topics, and skills, with today’s digital world in mind.
The Psychology Academic Exploration Track exposes students to general psychology topics to help prepare them for careers and majors in this area. Students will review basic cognitive and behavioural psychology topics and gain insight into current news and topics in this exciting area.
Activities & Trips
Since we are based in Berkeley, San Francisco and Silicon Valley are also at our doorstep. We will explore the world-class resources of the entire region to expose you to one of the most innovative and exciting areas in the entire world. Additionally, we’ll enjoy the fun attractions in the vicinity. All excursions are included in the Berkeley summer program tuition.
Stanford alumni have created some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley such as Google, Instagram, Nike, Snapchat, and Hewlett-Packard. We’ll tour the campus and meet with people such as the CEO of the Center for Advancing Human Potential, or other top organizations.
We’ll put into practice all of the skills we’ve been developing at a community service project. Volunteering together is the ultimate way to unite people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal, foster empathy, and make a difference! Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate verifying completion of eight hours of community service.
Golden Gate Bridge
Enjoy the view from Golden Gate Bridge as you walk across the remarkable 1.2 mile span before spending time in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Next, we’ll head to Fisherman’s Wharf to discover the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square and some of the Pacific Northwest’s best seafood.
In order to take full advantage of everything the Bay Area offers, Academic Exploration Track group may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. These may include visits to: research laboratories, tech startups, media and communications firms, think tanks and government institutions.
Breakfast + *Wake Up Call*
The True You
Academic Exploration Track
On Site + Campus Visit
Wrap up + Reflection
Your home with Summer Springboard @ Berkeley will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.
Just like a college student, you will share a dorm room with roommates, and use a common bathroom. Rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet. Floors are gender-segregated and housing is assigned based on our housing survey, student age and geographic diversity.
Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at Berkeley. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.
All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. Cal security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Berkeley summer camp.
Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.
UC Berkeley is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.
Summer Springboard @ Berkeley students enjoy three meals a day included in the tuition. All meals on campus will be at Crossroads Dining Hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. Crossroads provides a great variety of menu choices, and can accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.
Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.