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Outside Lands Music Festival

This weekend!

Sold out, but…here’s how to enjoy it for free!



Orders for Certificates of Completion: Deadline is today!

Requesting a Certificate:

Fill out all the information on the Completion Certificate Request Form (

Click on Submit.

You will receive an email confirmation.

Print that email, and bring it with your payment to the table in the lobby outside Hearst Gym 112.

Payment is accepted by
Thursday, August 4.
Hours: 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only.




SELS 2016 Square Dance


Looks as though everyone had a great time.  Thanks to the band, our caller Jordan, and all who danced!

Free Tour to SFMOMA!

Join us to visit the recently reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)! The first 60 students to sign up will receive the opportunity to tour the museum for free.

Come sign up at 112 W Hearst Gym from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


Directions to the SFMOMA (click to enlarge):

Directions to SFMOMA-1

Ordering Certificates of Completion

You can now order Certificates of Completion for the courses you are about to complete during this summer.

******** Requesting a Certificate:

1. Visit
2. Please fill out the information completely. Click “submit” only once.
3. You will receive an email confirmation with this information. Print that email.
4. Bring it with your payment to the table outside 112W Hearst Gym.
It will be $5 per copy of your Certificate. Cash only. Exact change please.

Online requests will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 4.
Payment will be accepted on Thursday, July 29 – Thursday, August 4. Hours: 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only.

******** Picking Up Your Certificate:

You may pick up your certificates on Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11. Hours: 11:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM only.

Important: You must be a student in the Summer English Language Studies program to request a certificate. Your course and instructors’ names will not be on your certificate. These will be on your official transcript.


Giants Baseball Tickets Available for Purchase or Pickup

We have only a few tickets left for sale for Thursday’s baseball game at AT&T Park.  Come to 112W Hearst Gym ASAP to get your ticket and join our group to root for the Giants, experience “America’s favorite pastime,” and take pictures of some beautiful views of San Francisco!

If you bought a baseball ticket over the past week, the tickets are now available for pickup.

Please come to the front desk of our office, 112W Hearst Gym, between 8:30AM and 5:00PM.


Milan vs. Liverpool International Champion Cup – July 30

The Berkeley International House has a limited number of tickets available for non-residents for the Milan vs. Liverpool International Champion Cup! First come, first served — selling out fast!


Upcoming Event: Lecture and Discussion on Media/Journalism

The Media: Participation and Empowerment
The Changing Face of Journalism and the Media in a Digital Age

The Summer English Language Studies presents an open lecture featuring Deirdre English, Visiting Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Cyrus Farivar, Berkeley alumnus and Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica.

Date: Wednesday, July 20th 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Valley Life Science Building, Room 2040


Deirdre English has taught at the J-school since 1997. Professor English is the former Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones magazine where she worked for eight years. She has written and edited work on investigative reporting, cultural politics, gender studies, and public policy. Her work includes For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women (Anchor), co-authored with Barbara Ehrenreich and published with a new Afterword in 2004.

Professor English will speak about her work as a magazine editor and will review some different forms of journalism, from daily beat coverage, to essays, features and profiles, immersion and underground reporting. The role of “objectivity” vs point of view, for example, and the consistent obligation to be accurate will be discussed.


Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, a Condé Nast Digital publication. He is also an author and radio producer. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He previously was the Sci-Tech Editor, and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster.

Professor Farivar will speak about his work at Ars Technica, a savvy, online publication that fuses opinion, analysis, and reporting.  Since its first publication in 1998, Ars Technica has published four types of stories: news, guides, reviews, and features.


The event is free and open to all SELS students and to the General Public. Seating is limited so come early!

We look forward to seeing you!

To our students and their families:

Our thoughts go out to those who have lost family or friends in France, Turkey, and southern Thailand.  Please let us know if we can help you in these turbulent times.

Bastille Day around the Bay