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General Info

Registration and Payment

Berkeley is a large university. This means that different offices take care of different parts of the registration, housing, and payment process. This may seem confusing at first, but it’s actually easy.

1. Go to our Summer ELS courses page to see what classes you want to take. Once course times are updated for summer 2019 in mid-December 2018, you can sort classes by times to make sure you do not sign up for two classes that meet at the same time.

2. Copy the section and course control numbers of the classes you want. For prices and other information, you can check Summer Schedule of Classes.

3. When you are ready to register, go to the Summer Sessions registration page.  Registration will open in February.

  •  On the registration form, you will also pay a registration fee as well as your class fees. This fee depends on your status as a Berkeley student, a visiting student residing in the U.S., or a visiting international student. When you fill out your registration form, you can also request a visa if you need one.
  • If you are a visiting international student, there is a special Summer Sessions web page that will take you step-by-step through the registration, visa, and payment processes.

Important: The Summer English Language Studies program does not handle money, visas, housing, or registration. For questions, please contact the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office at or +1 510-642-5611.


If you are coming to Berkeley from a foreign country you’ll need a student visa. UC Berkeley will help you follow the procedures for getting your visa. For detailed information about visas, please visit the Berkeley International Office web site.


There are many excellent reasons to visit or stay in the Berkeley area, as the city offers a wide selection of accommodations for the summer student.  You can find a list of housing options on the Berkeley Summer Sessions web site.

Medical Insurance

For questions, please contact the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office at or at +1 510-642-5611.

Medical care in the U.S. is very expensive and hospital costs in Berkeley are among the highest in the country, averaging $1,000 per day. Health insurance MUST be purchased to meet these unexpected expenses. You should purchase a health insurance policy before you arrive in Berkeley. This policy should cover ALL medical and hospital costs or provide you with a minimum of $50,000 ($US) for each accident or illness, from the time you leave your current residence to the day you plan to return. Be sure to bring with you a full description of the health benefits and an identification card giving the period of validity and telephone number of a U.S. contact person. If insurance cannot be purchased before leaving home, information about health insurance enrollment may be obtained from the University Health Service upon arrival in Berkeley. More information can be found at the Summer Sessions website.