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UC Berkeley, USA

Exclusive Summer Pre College Architecture Program for High Schoolers on UC Berkeley Campus

age icon 14-18 years old

age icon 2 weeks

age icon Weekly hours: 26

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Embark on a journey through the world of architecture and design with this course, tailored for high school students aiming to shine in the field! Whether you're targeting a top-tier college program, preparing your standout portfolio, or just fascinated by the architect's vision, this course is your foundation.

  • In a dynamic studio environment, you'll delve into architectural concepts, unlock design principles, and tackle real-world environmental challenges.
  • Gain insights into the academic roadmap leading to an architectural degree, experience the daily life of an architect, and explore the myriad of career paths available.

This isn't just a class—it's a launchpad for future innovators in architecture.

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The University of California, Berkeley, is ranked as one of the top public universities in the world!

  • Its faculty has garnered over 70 Nobel Prizes and 14 Pulitzers.

  • Its excellence in academics, alongside its abundant recreation opportunities and prized location in the San Francisco Bay Area, affords the ideal program experience for students.

What's Included

Full Board - Residential Students:

  • Includes: all meals, lodging, excursions, academic course, weekend excursions, application fee $99, Architecture Course Supplement $250 tuition

  • Excludes: optional airport pickup and drop off service (available for an additional fee)

Day Course - Commuter Students:

  • Includes: lunch, academic course, excursions, programming from 9am to 6pm, Monday-Friday, application fee $99, Architecture Course Supplement $250 tuition

  • Excludes: lodging, breakfast, dinner, and weekend excursions (Weekend excursions can be added on for $125 per day)


Diverse Discovery! Activities and sights to suit every interest await in the vibrant surroundings:

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Lawn games, and more.


  • Bay Area Exploration: Discover attractions like the Exploratorium and Chabot Space & Science Center, including the NASA Ames Visitor Center.
  • Cultural Richness: Embrace the history, sights, parks, and famous landmarks the Bay Area has to offer.
  • Berkeley Arts & Culture: Dive into the arts and culture scene with UC Berkeley's vibrant community offerings, including parks, stages, and renowned restaurants.
  • California's Great America: A 100-acre amusement park with famous attractions, including the celebrated Gold Striker roller coaster.
  • San Francisco Scavenger Hunt: Discover San Francisco's famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf through an interactive scavenger hunt.

Educational Excursions:

  • Visits to top San Francisco architectural firms: Studio Sarah Wilmer, Aidlin Darling Design, Studio O+A.
  • Opportunity to explore mimetic design concepts.
  • Culminating project set amidst the natural backdrop of Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park.


  • Group airport transfers: $95 each way.

  • Transfers outside of the official group pick-up and drop-off time window: $195 each way

  • Unaccompanied minor transportation: $145 total each way

Arrivals During Flight Window:

  • Greeted by campus staff.

  • Stay at the airport with staff until the flight window closes and all students have arrived.

  • Transported to campus after the flight window ends.

  • No immediate meeting by staff; must wait for the official arrival window.

  • For late arrivals(within reason), for those that pay a transfer fee will be met at the airport.

General Departure Information:

  • Students who opt for departure transfer (with a $95 fee) will arrive at the airport at maximum 10:00am.

  • Suitable for flights departing at 12:00pm or later.

  • With additional fee, there might be service for flights departing before 12:00pm.

Lesson Plan

Program Overview:

  • Master all the steps of building a structure—from strategic ideation to the finished product.
  • Design buildings, select materials and analyze the sustainability impact as you perform hands-on design simulations.
  • Prepare a portfolio of your final presentation, including hand drawings and digital scale models.
  • Visit professional firms and tour behind the scenes of local attractions to see the best examples of various architectural styles

Course Schedule:

  • First week: Five 3-hour classes, 9am-12pm, Monday to Friday
  • **Second week: **Four 3-hour classes, 9am-12pm, Monday to Thursday
  • Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers)

Criteria for Admission:

  • Vaccination Requirements: May be necessary for in-person programs, depending on university policies.
  • Academic requirements:
    • Completion of 8th grade by the program start date.
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA (or equivalent).
  • English Proficiency for International Students: Telephone interview or minimum test scores:
    • TOEFL: 490 (paper) or 60 (iBT).
    • Cambridge: PET-Distinction or FCE-C.
    • SAT: 450 in Reading/Writing.
  • Decisions are emailed within 7 to 10 business days after application review.

Sample Tutor:

  • Dave Kesler - Architect, AIA:
    • Principal of Dave Kesler Architecture with over three decades of industry experience.
    • Diverse portfolio with 200+ projects including residential, commercial, and institutional designs.
    • Internationally published work, featured in major museum permanent collections.
    • Two decades of teaching experience, currently instructing at City College of San Francisco.
    • Holds a Master's in Architecture from Columbia University, Bachelor's from Pratt Institute.
    • Expertise spans SF architecture, interior design, land use, landscape architecture, and 3D modeling.


  • Airport Shuttle service: $95 (Each way)

  • Registration fee: $99 (Included in course fee)

  • Architecture Course Supplement: $250 tuition (Included in course fee)

  • Pocket Money: We suggest an extra $100 per week.

Session Dates

Good News! You are not going to pay the full fee today, just a small deposit. After paying today, you will first get an enrollment form, and then receive a booking confirmation.

June - Session 1 - Day Course
Start 6/23/2024
End 7/5/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $3,547
June - Session 1 - Full Board
Start 6/23/2024
End 7/5/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $6,147
July - Session 2 - Day Course
Start 7/7/2024
End 7/19/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $3,547
July - Session 2 - Full Board
Start 7/7/2024
End 7/19/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $6,147
July - Session 3 - Full Board
Start 7/21/2024
End 8/2/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $6,147
July - Session 3 - Day Course
Start 7/21/2024
End 8/2/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $3,547

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