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 English Language Studies program are appropriate for intermediate to advanced UC Berkeley and visiting 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


Events & Updates

Summer 2024 Classes

Our list of courses for Summer 2024 will be available online in October.
See our list of classes from 2023 for a glimpse of the future!
Session C:   17 June - 09 August 
Session D:  01 July - 09 August 
Session E:   22 July - 09 August

summer23 catalog

Got questions?

Take a look at the 2023 International Student Summer Sessions catalog to learn more about courses, schedules, fees, and special programs! 2024 Catalog is coming soon!


Completion Certificate Pick-Up

Regular Hours: 
   Wednesday and Thursday, August 09-10, 12:00-5:00 pm

Extended Hours:
   Friday, August 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:00-4:00pm


Official UC Berkeley Transcripts

Your certificates of completion do not list your specific courses or grades.  In order to receive an official transcript with this information, academic-year Cal students can look on Calcentral.  Visiting students, please follow these directions:

1. Wait until ALL your grades for the summer have posted on

2. Go to to complete your order.

Otemon Gakuin Students at SELS

Otemon Gakuin students with SELS director