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An ESL class at UC Berkeley


Our courses, appropriate for both English as a Second Language speakers (ESL) and multilingual immigrant students, can be taken on campus or online.

Special Programs and Activities

Special Programs

We offer a variety of activities on and off campus that allow you to interact with students from across the program and with instructors.

Summer Sessions

Registration Information

After planning their schedules, students work directly with the UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Office to register and pay for courses. Visiting international students: An overview of the process is outlined on the Summer Sessions Checklist.

Placement Exam

Students enrolled in ESL 8: English as a Second Language in Session D or ESL6: Intensive Practice in ESL in Session E are required to take an online placement exam before classes begin. Other ESL courses do not require any placement exam before classes start.


Our faculty are highly-qualified professionals with many years of teaching experience and academic degrees from the best programs in the world.

Visiting Students

UC Berkeley is a large university. This means that different offices take care of different parts of the process required for visiting students: getting a visa, housing, and insurance. Questions concerning visas, housing, and insurance should be directed to the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office (summer@berkeley.edu or +1 510-642-5611).

Contact Information

The Summer English Language Studies office is open during business hours in July and August only. Please follow the links listed above for general information. Email or fax your questions to us, or if you need to talk with someone via the telephone, please call the Berkeley Summer Sessions Office at +1 510-642-5611.

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