UC Berkeley

Summer Springboard program for high school students on the campus of UC Berkeley

Campus Overview

• Visit some of the most dynamic and innovative companies and organizations in Silicon Valley and across the Bay Area, such as Apple, Stanford University, and other institutions.

• Explore some of the most famous landmarks in San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, and more!

• Cheer on the San Francisco Giants baseball team and enjoy America's favorite summer pastime.

• Have fun at California's Great America amusement park featuring Gold Striker, a top-ranked wooden roller coaster.


Residential Tuition:

Extended Commuter Tuition:

Commuter Tuition:


Session 1:
June 18, 2023 June 30, 2023 Session Full - Waitlist only

Session 2:
July 2, 2023 July 14, 2023

Session 3A & 3B:
July 16, 2023 July 28, 2023


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


  • This program has truly changed me. The best part of this program was being able to have hands on experience in my dream field of work.

    Ashley M.

  • I liked touring UC Berkeley and the free time to explore the surrounding town. It really gave me a feel of what it would be like to be a student here.

    Avani P.

  • My son who's a rising junior did the Medicine & Healthcare program at UC Berkeley. It was truly a top-notch experience for him.

    Amy F.

Academic Courses

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, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that the Bay Area has to offer.

In addition to our academic morning courses, students spend the afternoon either in electives (i.e. Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Athletics, College Prep and Photography) or doing our True You program which explores elements of one's real self including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

Advanced Engineering and IoT

engineering hands-on project

Every “thing” around us is getting smarter because of the exploding field of the Internet of Things, also known as IoT. This technology brings people, processes, data and things together to make networked connections to everything. Smart thermostats, doorbells, refrigerators, cars, and more are connecting to the Internet and fueling this fast-growing industry. In this course, students will experience hands-on learning and work with many IoT projects and devices. Students will get an introduction to the various applications for IoT and the processes involved with developing products using IoT. They will learn about sensors, wireless communication, scripting, and security. Go beyond the fundamentals of engineering and work on real-world projects in this fascinating field.

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Architect drafting blueprint

Are you considering a career in architecture or design? Are you working on your college application and portfolio? Or are you simply curious about what it is like to be an architect?
The Summer Springboard architecture course for high school students introduces architectural ideas, design principles, and methods of exploring problems of the built environment in a collaborative studio setting. While working on a design project you will learn about the academic path to an architectural degree, the day-to-day work of an architect, and the career opportunities.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – Students may visit Stantec, one of the world’s top-tier design engineering firms. At Mission Bay, Stantec is helping the University of California, San Francisco transform cancer care. In Golden Gate Park, they partnered to design the California Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s greenest museums.

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Are you interested in medicine, science and technology? Is your goal to create a life saving drug? This is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain real exposure and hands-on experience working in a state-of-the-art science lab utilizing advanced equipment. The goal of this program is to provide students intensive laboratory experience relevant to the biotechnology field, and to understand fundamental chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology, and classical and molecular genetics with an emphasis on gene expression and genetic engineering. 


Your lab time will take place at a brand new science center equipped with the latest technology and equipment, so you’ll be among the first to have hands-on experience working with these cutting-edge instruments in a laboratory environment. 

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Business & Entrepreneurship

students on university campus

Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. 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.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – Students visit the stadium of the San Francisco Giants baseball team to learn about careers in the business of sports. In addition, students will visit another major corporation in the region. In past years, students have visited Facebook, the Better Business Bureau and other institutions.

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Computer Science

Girls coding at Thunkable offices

This program 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. The curriculum is tailor-made to the skills of each individual student so beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are all welcome.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – Last year, students got the opportunity to visit technology companies such as Thunkable and Google Geo Education. Thunkable staff members described their scholastic and career journeys and the different responsibilities that they have with the team. Nearly all of the employees are graduate and undergraduate students at MIT and worked on the original MIT App Inventor project. Students also got a behind the scenes tour of Google, where they heard an insightful talk from the Google Earth Education Team.

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Fundamentals of Engineering

materials for engineering class

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.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – Students visit Stantec, a global engineering firm where they spent time reviewing “pull schedules” that allow the orchestra of fields to come together to create a masterpiece: the new UCSF cancer center.

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Emergency Medicine

students performing CPR on dummies

Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – In past years students went to the Kanbar Center, which supports UCSF’s educational mission of teaching, learning, and assessment through simulation recreating routine and complex situations. Additionally students received a behind the scenes tour of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a community hospital and Level 1 trauma center dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community.

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Environmental Studies at UC Berkeley

Interested in a “Green Career”? Our program in Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary look at issues pertaining to ecology and sustainability, without focusing on the scientific side. Focusing on how humans impact the environment, this course gives students the tools to gain a broader understanding of the growing number of issues that affect our environment. Blessed with miles of coastline, students will also have the unique opportunity to study the Bay Area’s diverse ecosystems. Showing various career paths, from environmental science to ecological agriculture, this course gives students a better understanding of where a green career can lead.



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Gaming Development

Technology is highly integrated in our daily lives that learning to code can benefit for college, a future career, and beyond. It’s a great time to begin learning and building coding skills. Whether students are interested in 3D modeling, gameplay programming or level design, they can expand their project’s portfolio, gain exposure to critical game industry insights, and connect with talented peers and mentors.

In this course, students will explore professional video game design while using popular industry tools. They will begin by learning about how to create 3D objects and then using their new skills to design a fully realized world of their own. Students will get a chance to customize their newly built worlds and will leave the course with a comprehensive view of how to professionally design a game and have skills to showcase in their own portfolio. No prior coding knowledge is needed.

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Middle School Medicine

This program provides middle school students interested in pursuing medicine with real hands-on experience where they can build a set of medical skills at an early age.

Imagine being able to set a splint, stop a bleed, and perform CPR as a middle school student! Students will learn medical techniques through age-appropriate simulations and guided lessons. In addition, they’ll work with small groups to research a patient’s history and symptoms, create a diagnosis based on findings, and develop a treatment plan.

Excursions at UC BerkeleyAll students visit a simulation center for hands-on practice in stitching, suturing, intubation, and BLS skills led by leading medical trainers. Past visits have included the Yale Center for Medical Simulation, the UCSF Kanbar Simulation Center, STRATUS Center (affiliated with Harvard Medical School) and UC San Diego’s SIM Center. Visits provide  first-hand observations of the high-pressure/ life-saving world of an emergency room.


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Middle School Coding Bootcamp

coding together at Thunkable office

This program is a jam-packed week for middle school students interested in being introduced to the coding and programming fields with real hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of the topics. Our middle school program combines academic courses, interactive labs, and recreational activities to give middle school students a supportive, fun, and enriching summer experience. During this program students will design, build, and program a self-driving car with sensors that will follow a painted line. At the end of the program students will race their cars against each other.

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Psychology & Neuroscience

Artificial intelligence, processing neurological data, brain

Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience. 

Excursions at UC Berkeley – students will visit the Action & Consciousness Lab and other labs at SFSU. 

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Girl simulation center medicine

Are you thinking about medical school? Do you know what field of medicine you’d like to pursue? This course is designed to help students explore a career in a variety of fields in medicine. In this program, students will get a chance to explore the various fields of study that exist in medicine, and rotate through potential fields such as cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, and more. They will also have the opportunity to learn about pursuing study in medical research from current UCSF medical students. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about getting into medical school, studying for medical school entrance exams, researching and planning medical residency, and learning about the role of scientific inquiry and scientific curiosity in becoming a medical professional. Through the course students will interact with doctors, medical students and residents while being exposed to various medical disciplines.

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Quantum Computing at Berkeley

quantum computer

Quantum computing is going to revolutionize the field of technology over the next decade. What is quantum computing? It is a rapidly-emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems that are too complex for classical computers. The tools being used in this field were just imagination three decades ago. Superconducting quantum processors are being designed by companies like IBM to build superconducting quantum processors that will supply quantum computing speed and capacity that will change the world. This course will help prepare the next generation of students with the quantum knowledge and skills. This course will introduce key quantum computing concepts, like superposition and entanglement. Students will also explore quantum phenomena and applications. They will learn from curriculum designed by leading experts in academia and the quantum computing industry.

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UX & UI Design at UC Berkeley Hybrid

  • Students in our Hybrid program receive a truly unique, immersive experience coupling our in-person and online programs. Students will stay at our quintessential dormitories at UC Berkeley, while taking classes online from top notch staff recruited from across the globe. We will have spaces set up for students to go and attend their online class and join their
    classmates from around the world.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – Students may get the opportunity to visit technology companies such as Thunkable and Google Geo Education. In the past, thunkable staff members described their scholastic and career journeys and the different responsibilities that they have with the team. Students also got a behind the scenes tour of Google, where they heard an insightful talk from the Google Earth Education Team.

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Virtual Reality

virtual reality

Once confined to the realm of science fiction, virtual reality (VR) is now revolutionizing sectors as diverse as entertainment, business, education, and healthcare. The VR industry is evolving at a rapid rate, and new platforms and capabilities are constantly emerging. The industry heavy hitters like Google, Microsoft, and Meta are increasingly focusing on this amazing technology and the opportunities it offers.

This innovative college-level course is perfectly designed to help high schoolers gain real world knowledge and experience before committing to a Virtual Reality pathway in college. Students will get the opportunity to apply their newly gained skills to a hands-on project by prototyping, testing, and refining a game of their own design with rules they define. While specific briefs vary from course to course, all of the projects are selected to perfectly complement the skills covered in class and enable students to create their own virtual reality experience. They will also earn a Certificate of Virtual Reality bootcamp course completion from an expert teacher. No prior VR experience required for this course.

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Web Development at UC Berkeley Hybrid

  • Students in our Hybrid program receive a truly unique, immersive experience coupling our in-person and online programs. Students will stay at our quintessential dormitories at UC Berkeley, while taking classes online from top notch staff recruited from across the globe. We will have spaces set up for students to go and attend their online class and join their
    classmates from around the world.
  • Excursions at UC Berkeley – Students may get the opportunity to visit technology companies such as Thunkable and Google Geo Education. In the past, thunkable staff members described their scholastic and career journeys and the different responsibilities that they have with the team. Students also got a behind the scenes tour of Google, where they heard an insightful talk from the Google Earth Education Team.

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    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 fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.

    • San Francisco Union Square
    • San Francisco Giants baseball stadium

    Berkeley, California

    As is true in most college towns, UC Berkeley is the community's arts and culture center. 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.

    California's Great America

    California's Great America is a 100-acre amusement park located in Santa Clara. The park has appeared in 1994 films Beverly Hills Cop III and Getting Even with Dad. One of its most notable attractions, Gold Striker, has been featured as a top-ranked wooden roller coaster in Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards publication.

    San Francisco & Golden Gate Bridge

    What better way to explore a city than a scavenger hunt around San Francisco. As students travel through the city, they are tasked to take photos and some famous landmarks: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, and a cable car!

    Track-Specific Excursions

    In order to take full advantage of everything the Bay Area offers, each academic program may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Previous visits have included: Google, Facebook, Bloomberg TV, San Francisco Chronicle, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and more.

    Student Life

    Your home with Summer Springboard @ Berkeley will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.

    • students on UC Berkeley campus
    • students in UC Berkeley dorms
    • icebreakers at UC Berkeley
    • UC Berkeley classroom


    Just like a college student at UC Berkeley, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

    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 use 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.

    The university 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.


    Most meals on campus will be at the local dining hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. We can accommodate 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.

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