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Summer 2018: Exciting Course Offerings!

Do you need to improve your English for school or work purposes? Take the next step in your academic or professional career with Summer English Language Studies!

Our elite program includes:

  • challenging classes for motivated students, with engaging topics for even the most advanced of learners
  • uniquely qualified instructors with expertise in teaching English for a variety of specific purposes
  • communicative teaching methods supported by research in language learning

We are experienced with taking your learning beyond the classroom too, with unique fieldwork assignments that will help you apply classroom concepts as you explore the Bay Area.  At our historic campus with world-class libraries, facilities, and special events, you will have all the resources you need to succeed!

This summer, we are introducing two new exciting levels of study:

  • Prepare, with classes ideal for undergraduate students, set up to help you prepare for academic work in English.
  • Refine, with classes ideal for working professionals and graduate students, set up to offer a unique challenge at the advanced level you need. These sections are reserved for higher level students based on our in-house placement exam.

Our programs are designed to fit your schedule; we offer both three and six week programs, as well as online classes.  With over 65 classes to meet your unique needs and interests, we are sure you will find something that is right for you.  Our classes include:

  • English for Specific Professional and Academic Purposes
    Advance your academic and professional career with classes in Business English, Legal Writing, English for Science and Engineering, English for Art and Design, Job Search Skills, College Coaching and more!
  • English Through Culture and Media
    Learn English through the topics you love – from Food Culture, Popular Music, Film, Literature, to Broadway Musicals and more!
  • Intensive Skill Practice in English
    Get the skill practice you need to succeed in school and work – Academic and Public Speaking, Speech and Debate, Writing for Digital Media, Conflict Resolution and more.

See our full list of classes here, on our course list.

Registration opens February 15, 2018.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Goodbye, Summer 2017. Hello, Summer 2018.

Safe travels to all our summer 2017 students returning to their home countries or home universities. Our program has moved back to our permanent location in Wheeler Hall 119 and are busily working on class schedules and events for Summer 2018. Keep in touch via

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter and Instagram: @sels_ucb

Chinese students:

Let us know if there is a platform we should use to best keep in touch.  You can email us at (gmail).  If you cannot send to gmail, please use





How to Order Your UC Berkeley Transcript


A transcript is an official document.  It shows which classes you took at U.C. Berkeley and your grades in those classes.  If you would like to order a transcript from Berkeley, please follow the steps below.

1.  Wait until September 15th.  If you order your transcript before then it will be blank.

2.  Go to this website here.

3.  Click on ‘Start my order’ at the top of the page.

4.  Enter your personal information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.).  You will need your student ID number to complete your order.

5.  Review your personal information and confirm it is correct.

6.  Choose:

  • when you want your transcript (now, later, etc.)
  • the reason you need the transcript (for yourself, for employment, for graduate admission, etc.)
  • your transcript type (Choose ‘summer only graduate’ if you only studied at Berkeley for the summer.  Choose ‘undergraduate’ if you will continue at Berkeley in the fall.)

7.  Choose the recipient (yourself, your school in your home country, etc.).  You can choose more than one recipient.

8.  Verify the recipient’s mailing address.

9.  Choose your delivery method (PDF or printed copy sent by mail).

10.  Confirm order and choose payment method.  You’re done!

Summer ESL 2017 Certificate requests: due 7/31/17


We are approaching the end of the SELS classes! If you are interested in receiving a certificate for the completion of ESL 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or W9 course, please read carefully read and complete the request form. Requests are due by MONDAY, JULY 31 and payment dates are TUESDAY, JULY 25 – MONDAY, JULY 31, 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only. Shot 2017-07-25 at 4.08.35 PM

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Join us for square dancing this Tuesday 08/01, from 7-9pm at 237 Hearst! #yeehaw #sels #sels2017 #berkeley

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Oakland Museum of California – Fri, 7/28

This Friday learn about California culture, history, art, and natural sciences! There will be a DJ playing live funk and acrobat music and food trucks. Students can get in with your student ID for only $9!

Check out flyer for more details. See ya there!

OMCA Friday Night Event

Variety Show: This Wednesday!

Presenting … VARIETY SHOW!

It’s open to ALL students and faculty. Bring on your A-game, jokes, talents, or just yourself to this lively fun-filled event. You don’t want to miss this!

Check flyer for more details.

Contact to sign up and more information. Hope to see you there!


Square Dancing event — Tuesday, 8/1/17

Come stop by our SQUARE DANCING event, next Tuesday on August 1 from 7-9PM at 237 Hearst Gym!

Featuring live music performed by your SELS faculty and staff. No sign-ups necessary, just drop in and join the fun!

square dance flyer sels 2017

Free Introductory Sailboat Ride: Sunday, July 23, 1-4PM

Looking for something to do on Sunday? Cal Sailing will be holding a FREE introductory sailboat ride this weekend: Sunday, July 23

Cal Sailing will offer FREE introductory sailboat rides to the general public aboard their fleet of keelboats and dinghies. Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Free rides available from 1-4pm.

It is recommended to arrive on the early side (1PM). Bus 51B (Be sure to get on the one heading to Berkeley Marina, not Amtrak) will get you to the Marina in 15 minutes from downtown Berkeley. Depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may end before 4pm.

West Side Story — free outdoor screening on July 29

West Side Story


Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins (Great Britain, United States, 1961)


West Side Story is the first of two films playing on the BAMPFA outdoor screen this summer in Screen Play: A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film, presented in collaboration with Berkeley Rep and the Downtown Berkeley Association. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and come early for live music with the All of Us trio playing favorites from the musical! Refreshments from Babette will be available.

“When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way . . .” In West Side Story , the gang’s all here: the Jets and their neighborhood nemesis the Sharks in the back alleys of late-fifties NYC. They’re finger-snappin’ tough and rowdy—JDs down to their white Ts and leather. And, sure, the beatings are backed by beats composed by Leonard Bernstein, and when they rumble, the stompin’ is to the so-cool choreography of Jerome Robbins. But the West Side is the domain of youth struggling with a “social disease” that’s part poverty, part parents, and part passion. West Side Story is the dizzying rush of youth that knows no bounds.

Saturday, July 29
8:00 Live music
8:30 Film screening (155 min.)


BAMPFA’s outdoor screen is on Addison Street at Oxford. Seating is on the (closed) street, so bring a lawn chair, cushion, or blanket!