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 @ UC Berkeley summer program for high school students.
Session 1: June 24-July 7, 2018
Session 2: July 8-July 21, 2018
Session 3: July 22-August 4, 2018
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 program. 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.
Business & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as effective communication, sales and marketing, and financial management will serve you well. These skills let you transform your ideas into a real business that will give you greater control of your destiny.
Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Topics will cover marketing, finance, operations, and sales. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.
Civic Service & Leadership
Are you passionate about making a difference in your community or in the world? If so, then this course is for you. Experience civic leadership through this community service for teens.
Take a deep dive into the field of community development, an experiential learning opportunity to deepen your understanding of the root causes behind some of the most common issues facing communities. Then, you’ll get the chance to develop your own sustainable project for your own community.
College Tours & Test Prep
It’s not just about getting into the best school, it’s about figuring out the best schools for you. This program takes you to a variety of college campuses so you can identify the type of university that is uniquely suited to your personality and style.
The program also prepares you for the entire college admissions process. Get advice on building your college portfolio. Think about how competitive coursework, extracurricular activities, and a stellar personal statement factor into your application. Along the way, you’ll have to answer a lot of questions about yourself and what you want.
Meet experts on college admissions. Last year, speakers included a Director of Admissions for UC Berkeley, as well as graduate students who shared their experience getting into top schools. Visit colleges in neighboring regions to compare and contrast what is right for you. While the exact colleges we visit may vary, they may include some of the following institutions:
- Bay Area: Dominican University, San Francisco State U., U. of San Francisco
- Silicon Valley: Stanford, Santa Clara University, Menlo College, San Jose State
- Northern California: Sacramento State, U. of the Pacific, St. Mary’s College
- University of California System: UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Berkeley
Do you wonder what it is like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This computer science summer program for high school students isn’t just a coding camp, it also challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.
Words have power. Words shape how people perceive reality. Words can change the world. Join Summer Springboard’s Creative Writing program and become immersed in the study of four different genres using the Writer’s Workshop methodology. Discover what it takes to be a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter, and a gonzo journalist.
Do you have a favorite novelist you want to know more about? Do you question who writes the episodes of The Arrow on the CW? Do you want to understand why journalists risk their lives to cover category 5 hurricanes? Do you turn your poems into song lyrics? Through a variety of lessons, writing prompts, guest speakers, field trips, and time to put pen to paper, the course will sharpen writing skills and love of the written word.
Engineering & Innovation
This engineering summer program for high school students doesn’t just tackle engineering and science fundamentals, it also challenges students to think critically and creatively about how to design innovative solutions to complex problems. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.
Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. These businesses are always in need of creative minds that can problem solve on their feet and help the company save money, solve issues, and expand their reach. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.
Medicine & Healthcare
Considering a career in medicine? Thinking about being a pre-med major in college? Do you love biology, are fascinated about the human body, or want a career helping people but aren’t sure where to start? These are big questions that can influence the next four to twelve years of your life. Summer Springboard gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.
Learn real world skills in emergency medicine through our hands-on, field-based curriculum. Learning has never been so fun! For those considering medical school, you’ll have a chance to meet with students currently in med school who will answer your questions and share their insider perspective on what it’s really like and how they got in. Additionally, meet real world medical professionals and learn about the wide variety of occupations in healthcare.
Journalism plays a vital role in a democratic society. Journalists are the truth seekers who keep our leaders accountable, and they share the stories that affect us all. Dive into this vital field, learn about news, and become a citizen journalist who can produce news on the go.
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.
Santa Cruz Boardwalk & Beach Day
Roller coasters, bowling, mini golf, arcade games, laser tag. How can you go wrong? At the boardwalk, you can find awesome games and activities for everyone. Enjoy a day in the sun on the boardwalk, or just relax on the beach.
During your free time, you'll have time to explore the area around downtown Berkeley. Enjoy locally-sourced inspiration wherever you turn: scenic parks, famous stages, and renowned restaurants
San Francisco & 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, each academic immersion program 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 at UC Berkeley, 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 program for high school students.
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.