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Domestic infoIndependent Students

Take advantage of open enrollment at one of the world's great universities. During the summer, UC Berkeley's academic program is open to adults, high school graduates, community residents, and anyone else in the group we call "independent." About 1,000 of the nearly 16,000 summer students fall into this category.

Take a course for personal enrichment. Prepare for a future degree program. Advance your job options. Whatever reason you choose, you enrich the classroom environment with your viewpoints and experience. All we ask is that you be committed to a serious course of study.

UC Employees

You can benefit from UC Berkeley's academic riches. Make the most of your employment at one of the world's finest universities by enrolling in a summer class. Take a course that interests you. Explore a new field. Expand your job options. You can even take a Physical Education course in yoga, conditioning, or tennis.

To make it easier for you to do that, Summer Sessions offers a Staff Discount, which allows eligible staff* to pay only the course fee for the selected class and the document management fee, while the $335 registration fee is waived.

Just complete the Staff Discount Form and send it or submit it in person to Summer Sessions, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 130, campus mail code 1080, along with a completed and signed Visiting Student Application, and proof of employment. You will be billed for the course fee(s) and the document management fee.

You can also apply online as a visiting student, submit credit card payment, and submit the application for the Staff Discount Fee Waiver afterwards. If you qualify for the Staff Discount, you will receive a refund of the $335 enrollment fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cancel from Berkeley Summer Sessions prior to the "Cancel Registration" deadline for the first session you are enrolled in, you will be refunded all but the $100 nonrefundable cancellation fee. If you withdraw from Summer Sessions by the "Drop or Withdraw for Refund" deadline, you will be refunded the course fee, but not the registration or document management fees.

*Current career, full-time casual, or partial year employees at any UC campus, lab, or the Office of the President are eligible. Long-term (appointments longer than six months) temporary staff are also eligible. You will need the approval of your immediate supervisor, who certifies your eligibility, and a verification of your employment by submitting an "Earnings Statement" or similar document. Continuing University of California students and researchers who have "courtesy appointments" without salary are not eligible for this fee waiver.


2015 Staff Discount Form


Senior Auditors

The program formerly known as the Senior Audit Program through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions has become a benefit of membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at UC Berkeley (OLLI @Berkeley).

Those 50 years of age and older will be able to audit almost any Summer Sessions course (with available seats) at the discretion of the instructor with an OLLI @Berkeley summer or annual membership. Exceptions are language courses, lab science courses, and courses with limited enrollment. Each course instructor determines the level of participation required, but it is assumed that auditors will not submit papers, take exams, or be evaluated for a grade.

Older adults are well known to be excellent students in higher education; because they are generally not working for a degree and have the reputation of being pure scholars. By becoming a member of OLLI @Berkeley you can join a community of lifelong learners who are both auditing classes on campus and participating in OLLI programming specifically geared to older adults.

For more information about OLLI @Berkeley and auditing Summer Sessions courses, visit OLLI @Berkeley. View Berkeley Summer Sessions course offering here.



K-12 Teachers

Are you currently teaching fulltime in grades K-12 in California?  If so, we are offering you the chance to take up to 8 units at UC Berkeley Summer Sessions at a great rate.

This is your chance to catch up, brush up, earn valuable CEUs, or break new ground.  We offer more than 600 courses in 80 academic disciplines in five different sessions, beginning in late May and ending in mid-August summer.berkeley.edu/schedule.  The program is open to full-time K-12 teachers in any public, private, or charter school in California.   School staff and administrators, those employed as substitute teachers, part-time teachers, or those matriculated in any University of California degree program are not eligible.

Teachers are invited to attend Berkeley Summer Sessions by paying the enrollment fee of $335 plus the one-time only $53 Document Management Fee. A Summer Sessions grant pays the balance of course fees for up to two courses which may combine for no more than eight units.  To apply, choose a course schedule.berkeley.edu, complete and submit the enrollment form (below), along with proof of full-time employment and the $335 enrollment fee plus the one-time only $53 Document Management Fee. We will notify you by e-mail of your participation in the program. Space is limited, and the program will fill on a first come, first-served basis.

To maintain your fee waiver, you must complete the courses with a grade of D- or better (Incomplete grades (I), Unsatisfactory (U), or no grade (NG) are not acceptable). If the courses are not completed with a passing grade or better, the fee waiver will be removed and you will be billed for the course.

  • Should you cancel your registration (drop all courses before the start of your first session), $100 of the enrollment fee is nonrefundable.
  • If you withdraw from Summer Sessions (drop all courses during the first week of your first course), the enrollment fee will not be refunded.
  • If you enroll in more than one course but drop a course after the refund deadline, you will be responsible for the course fee.
  • If you withdraw from all courses after the first week of your first course, you will be responsible for all course fees for all courses in which you registered.


2015 100 Scholars Program Application Form