For the past 8 years, Education Unlimited and UC Berkeley have partnered to provide Summer Focus at UC Berkeley. Students at Summer Focus are fully enrolled in UC Berkeley summer courses, allowing students to earn college credits and entitling them to a letter from the Dean in recognition of their summer study. Students may chose from over 100 courses over 6-week or 8-week terms. These pre-collegiate students sit as equals among UC Berkeley students, are taught by UC Berkeley professors, life in UC Berkeley campus housing, and have access to UC Berkeley services for academic support. Education Unlimited staff help pre-collegiate students navigate their rigorous coursework and new environment by providing group and individual learning plans, social and recreational programs, and security. Students have come to Summer Focus at UC Berkeley from over 15 countries, forging new friendships while advancing their personal studies.

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 Session C Dates:
June 17—August 10, 2018

Session D Dates: 
June 30—August 10, 2018

Summer academic sessions begin with an orientation, a campus tour, and opportunities to meet your summer classmates. Co-curricular activities are planned to offer you a variety of helpful hints on both making the most of your Berkeley learning experience and planning for academic life beyond high school. Berkeley staff and students, as well as visiting professionals, lead seminars about the best practices of using University libraries, choosing a college, and writing a successful college application and personal statement. Hear from currently enrolled Berkeley students and get your questions answered about what it's like to be study at Berkeley, and much more.

Benefits of Summer Focus by Education Unlimited include:

Summer Focus students are full UC Berkeley students:

  • Housing in the actual UC Berkeley Residence Halls on campus.   This is a critical component to having the most genuine pre-collegiate experience possible. This has also been an important safety consideration for both students and parents as the campus residence halls are both secure and comfortable.  Summer Focus students are scheduled to live in UC Berkeley Dormitory Unit 1.
  • Participation in UC Berkeley Summer Session courses among current UC students, admitted freshmen, and visiting students. These are accelerated, full-credit courses taught by UC Berkeley faculty.
  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your college application
  • A personal letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning for passing grades upon request
  • Earn 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* 
  • An orientation and campus tour for accepted students and parents
  • Seminars on writing a successful college application, college exploration, and more
  • A designated adviser in Summer Sessions
  • Co-curricular activities to introduce you to the campus and its services
  • Eligibility for membership in the California Alumni Association (for a fee)

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

Unique benefits of applying through Education Unlimited include:  

  • As the only US based provider, we draw students from throughout the United States and the world to our program giving the students a rich cultural as well as academic experience. We strive to maintain a healthy balance of US and international students in order to expose students to new cultural experiences.
  • Housing in the actual UC Berkeley Residence Halls on campus.   This is a critical component to having the most genuine pre-collegiate experience possible. This has also been an important safety consideration for both students and parents as the campus residence halls are both secure and comfortable.  Summer Focus students are scheduled to live in UC Berkeley Dormitory Unit 1.
  • Staffing: Our full-time teaching staff lives in the Residence Halls with the students providing supervision, academic support and activities. 
  • Excursions: On the weekends staff will take students on amazing excursions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Summer Focus students swim at Strawberry Canyon, play basketball at the Golden Bear Recreation Center, study over espresso in local coffee houses, and generally have a chance to experience life as a Cal undergraduate.  Students also take great weekend excursions such as trips to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, trips to San Francisco and the Santa Cruz Board Walk and tours of Google Headquarters.
  • Support: The teachers will also be available 24/7 to help students with medical emergencies or crisis situations. During regular daylight hours, staff are available to help secure necessary school and personal supplies. With generous adult to student ratios of less than 10 students per adult, our team is always there to help. 
  • Safety and Supervision: Our staff lives in the residence halls 24/7 to provide for the safety and comfort of our students.  In the evening staff provides fun social activities for the students as their study times allow or takes them to local coffee houses to study.  When it is time for students to go to bed the staff will go room to room to make sure students are safely in their rooms and doors are securely locked. In the case of an emergency, our team is living in the residence halls and there to assist.
  • Academic Tutoring: UC Berkeley provides a tutoring center to help students, but often these sessions are full or cannot provide the detailed academic support high school students need to be successful in their college courses. When looking at programs be sure to inquire about the ratio and quality of tutoring staff who are actually on staff with the program. Our program leader, Sean Coleman, has more that a decade of experience tutoring top students.  In addition, he hires staff who have completed many of the courses being taken by our students to help provide dedicated academic tutoring and support in the comfort of the residence halls.
  • Enrichment Courses: In addition to your official UC Berkeley courses, you will have access to additional enrichment courses taught by our staff on subjects like Public Speaking, College Writing.  These are offered at no additional cost (with the exception of SAT prep), and many of our past students have noted that these courses added tremendously to their experience at Summer Focus.
  • Our Executive Director attended UC Berkeley as an undergrad and our CFO is a graduate of the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. As such, they are both very familiar with the university and are able to draw together a strong staff to help support the students academically.
  • Meals: With Summer Focus our students are given a full 3-meal-per-day plan in the official UC Berkeley Dining Hall during weekdays.  Meals are buffet style and offer students plenty of all-you-can-eat options. We explore a variety of area and out of area dining options on the weekends which are also included in the program tuition. 
  • Our main administrative office is in Berkeley, just four blocks from the university.  This is important to our families because it puts us in quick proximity to solve any problems big or small that may arise. In the event of any kind of serious problem or concern, our Executive team can be on site very quickly, because Berkeley is our home base.
  • Our tuition fees cover all program expenses including all excursions. The only extra costs students will have are transportation to/from UC Berkeley at the start and end of the program, books and some pocket money for personal items. 
  • 4 month online SAT course included in registration.

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