Summer English Language Studies

Welcome to SELS

Want to improve your English for school or work purposes?
Take the next step in your academic or professional career!

Courses in the Summer ESL program are appropriate for intermediate to advanced students who want to enhance their English language skills, improve job performance, or undertake university work.  We offer both online and on-campus courses during six-week and/or three week-sessions starting in July and running through mid-August.

On-Campus Courses:

The Berkeley campus and San Francisco Bay Area community offer a stimulating environment for students interested in improving their English. Known for its academic excellence, creativity, and innovative thinking, Berkeley is a perfect choice for summer study. Different course topics and related fieldwork projects give you the chance to use your English language skills in the classroom and community. 

Online Courses:

Can't make it to campus this summer?  Join us on Zoom to work with UC Berkeley instructors, gain UC Berkeley credit, and get a UC Berkeley transcript – from anywhere in the world!

We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to study at the #1 public university in the U.S. -- and we look forward to seeing you this summer.

Margi Wald


Big C with students

Events & Updates

Summer Registration for visiting students opens 15 February 2023

See our full list of classes for 2023.
Go to Berkeley Summer Sessions to apply and then register for classes. 
Session B:  05 June - 11 August 
Session F: 03 July - 21 July 
Session D: 03 July - 11 August 
Session E:: 24 July - 11 August

Congratulations to all 2022 SELS students!

We hope that your classes provided useful and engaging content and that your summer was filled with wonderful and memorable experiences. 

Otemon Gakuin Students at SELS

Otemon Gakuin students with SELS director