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Baseball Game

If you are still interested in attending the baseball game on Thursday, July 26, 2018, now is your chance to purchase a ticket! Due to high demand, we have purchased more tickets, but only a limited amount, so come purchase one before it’s too late!

Ticket sales are from 12-2pm and 4:30-5:30pm at Wheeler 119.
Price: $20 per ticket. Please bring exact change.

Play Board Games at Tabletop Thursday

Come play games with your friends and other Bay Area locals! It could be a game you made, a game you own or one from Games of Berkeley’s large game library. This event is open to anyone who loves games and wants to play with other like minded game lovers.

What: Tabletop Thursday

When: Thursday, July 19, 5pm – 9pm

Where: Games of Berkeley.  Students will meet at the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft and walk to store together.  They arrange their own way home after the event.

Cost: $5 cash redeemed for $5 store credit upon event exit

First 15 people only, sign-ups in Wheeler 119!


Have event-related questions? Email, or see for more info!

Final Class Registrations

The Summer English Language Studies office will be open on 13 July (Friday) from 12PM – 5PM for last-minute class registration.

Major League Baseball Tickets: On Sale Wednesday!

Participate in an American tradition of 148 years and counting!  Baseball tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 11th.   Come to 119 Wheeler Hall to get your ticket and join our group to root for the San Francisco Giants, experience “America’s favorite pastime,” and take pictures of some beautiful views of San Francisco!  Tickets will be sold from 12-2PM, 4:30-5:30PM.

What: Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

When: July 26th, 2018

Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco

Tickets: $20.  Please bring exact change.

Political Comedy Show: This Weekend!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Join the award-winning SF Mime Troupe for the Berkeley premiere of its local political theatre comedy!

What: “Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical”

Where: Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley

When: Sat, Jul 7th @ 2:00 PM, 
            Sun, Jul 8th @ 2:00 PM

Ticket Info: FREE (suggested donation $20)


Placement exam is open!

The 2018 placement exam for all students enrolled in COLWRIT 5, 6, 8, and/or 9 courses can be found online at


  • Students enrolled in Colwrit 5, 8 and 9 must complete the exam by 22 June 2018.
  • Students enrolled in Colwrit 6 must complete the exam by 10 July 2018.
  • Students enrolled in Colwrit 7 and W9 (online) courses only do not need to take the exam

Information about the exam:

This is not an entrance exam.  You do not need to reach a specific score in order to enroll in the Summer English Language Studies courses.*  Many of our courses have multiple levels; we use your exam results only to place you into the level that best meets your language needs. Please email us if you have any questions.

  • Students must first enroll in COLWRIT 5, 6, 8, or 9 through Summer Sessions to take the exam. Enrolled students will receive an email in late May 2018 with directions for taking the exam. For enrollment information, go to
  • The exam is completely online and can be taken on any computer (not on a tablet or mobile device).
  • You will need speakers or headphones, a microphone, and a quiet location.
  • The exam has five sections: Listening, Reading, Grammar, Speaking, and Writing.


  • In order to log into the exam, you will need your UC Berkeley Calnet ID and passphrase.
  • To create one, you will need the four-digit PIN and your eight-digit student ID number sent to your email from Calnet @ Berkeley.
  • The link to set up the Calnet ID and passphrase are also found in this email. Sometimes this email goes to spam or junk folders, so please search there first if you have not received it.
  • We will post a link to the exam here in early June.

*Note: If you plan to take UC Berkeley courses outside our program, there is an English Proficiency Requirement.

Want to take classes at UC Berkeley this summer? Courses still available!

If you need a student visa to study with us and you missed the 23 May deadline, don’t panic; apply! You can still apply for our three-week session and many courses still have spaces available.*

And if you want to study online from anywhere in the world, we have several  online courses taught by our most experienced teachers!*

For application and registration information, please visit the Berkeley Summer Sessions website.

*All courses are credit-bearing and will appear on an official UC Berkeley transcript.

Last Chance: 02 July – 10 August Session Filling Fast!

Interested in joining our six-week program this summer?  Deadline for international student visa applicants: May 23!

We have spaces available in the following classes:

Colwrit 5A, Section 2: English through Broadway Musicals

Colwrit 5D, Section 2: English through Literature

Colwrit 5E, Section 2: English through Popular Music

Colwrit 5I, Section 1: TV, Culture, and Communication

Colwrit 8, Section 1: English for Academic and Professional Purposes – Integrated Skills

Colwrit 9A, Section 1: Academic Research for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9C, Section 1: Academic Writing for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9E, Section 1: Business English for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9F, Section 1: Business Speaking for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9I, Section 1: Conflict Resolution Skills for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9J, Section 1: Academic Sentence Structure and Written Style

Colwrit 9R, Section 1: Academic and Public Speaking for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9S, Section 1: Pronunciation for Multilingual Students

Colwrit 9V, Section 1: Science and Engineering for Multilingual Students

Legal English Class — online

Can’t get into our very popular Colwrit 9N class?
Planning to join an LL.M. program and want to learn more about common law?

Enroll in our new section of Colwrit W9: Legal English Online!

Class Number 16363
2 units

This course offers an introduction to the foundations of the American legal system, and an opportunity for intensive English practice. Students will become familiar with the federal and state court systems, judge and jury trials, the case law method, and selected areas of law based on student interest (e.g., contracts, constitutional law, criminal law, torts). Students will also practice new vocabulary and idioms; read and analyze judges’ decisions; organize, write and edit legal arguments; give oral presentations; and participate in formal and informal discussions.  Suitable for intermediate through advanced ESL students, this course is of special interest to business and legal professionals and students, including LL.M. students who wish to prepare for the fall semester at U.S. law schools.



Did you know? — “Berkeley Time”

Did you know that, at Berkeley, classes start 10 minutes after their scheduled times?

Known as “Berkeley time,” this time serves as a buffer zone for students with back-to-back classes.

For example, if your schedule says you have

Class A from 9:00–11:30AM
Class B from 11:30AM–2:00PM

don’t worry!

Class A will start at 9:10 and end at 11:30, and
Class B will start at 11:40 and end at 2:00,
giving you 10 minutes to travel from class A to B.

Similarly, if your schedule says you have

Class B from 11:30AM–2:00PM
Class C from 2:00–4:30PM,

Class C will not start until 2:10, so you can in fact take those two classes back to back.