College of Environmental Design

Global Access Program


The College of Environmental Design can help put international students at the forefront of creating a sustainable future. Today’s students have inherited unprecedented global and environmental challenges. These challenges require students to learn in radically new ways to fashion buildings and neighborhoods, cities and regions, and landscapes that will harbor our diverse ways of life. Our Global Access Program has shaped its curriculum to help students tackle these challenges and think in new ways toward that future.

Dean Jennifer Wolch


Student life in Wurster Hall

Student Life in Wurster Hall

The Berkeley College of Environmental Design's Global Access Program (CED-GAP) provides unique access to top-notch Berkeley faculty, courses and networks within the innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Through CED-GAP, top qualifying international students gain the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel as innovators and thought leaders in sustainable built environment design. Built for both majors and non-majors, the core curriculum emphasizes sustainability, design and social difference, and history and theory of cities and landscapes. Majors engage in a design studio or planning workshop, while non-majors are able to take one UC Berkeley elective from outside the College's curriculum.

In addition to a formal course of study, CED-GAP students are welcome to attend all college public lectures, symposia and conferences; join CED student clubs; participate in college social events; and attend university lectures and other events. CED will provide GAP students with opportunities to explore the San Francisco Bay Area through organized field trips that combine experiential education and fun.

Programs may also be customized to meet curricular needs of students. Enhancements may include: professional development, graduate school admissions workshops, cohort lunches and immersive California
field trips.

Students take 4 courses (12-13 units). Upon completion, students will receive a transcript from University of California, Berkeley Extension and a Certificate of Completion from Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

Students study plein air style painting in the Wurster Courtyard

Students Study Plein Air style painting in the Wurster Courtyard

Facts About The College of Environmental Design @ UC Berkeley

  • UC Berkeley is ranked as the #4 university in the world by the 2016 Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  • The College of Environmental Design programs are ranked #1 among all public universities in the USA.
  • Our Architecture Program is ranked #4 in the world by QS Ranking.
  • CED features renowned international guest speakers, faculty critics, social events and facilities.
  • CED staff offer individualized advising for courses. The University also offers career services and health & wellness programs.

College Resources

CED's is housed in Wurster Hall, home to an exceptional array of activities and resources for CED-GAP students:

Students working in fabrication shop

Students Learn About Building in the Fabrication Shop

Programs For Majors and Non-Majors

For Majors

Build for Undergraduate Class 160 with Professor Buntrock


  • Deep Green Design or International Housing
  • Special Topics in Design or Technology
  • Integrated Design Studio
  • Sustainability Colloquium

Sample of student work

City Planning/Urban Studies

  • Introduction to City & Regional Planning or The City: History & Theory
  • International Housing or Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism
  • Sustainable Environmental Design Workshop
  • Sustainability Colloquium

Flowers bloom in the Landscape Architecture Teaching Garden

Landscape Architecture

  • Sustainable Landscapes & Cities or Social & Psychological Factors in Open Space Design
  • Hydrology for Planners or Contemporary Approaches to Visualization & Communication
  • Integrated Design Studio
  • Sustainability Colloquium

Sample of student work

For Non-Majors

  • People & Environmental Design or Design Frameworks
  • History & Literature of Landscape Architecture or The City: History & Theory or History of Architecture & Urbanism
  • Social & Cultural Processes in Architecture & Urban Design or Social & Psychological Factors in Open Space Design or The Urban Community
  • One UC Berkeley Elective

Program Details

  • Fall 2017, Spring 2018
  • Program Duration 1 or 2 semesters
  • Participants Top-qualifying undergraduate International students from Partner Universities.
  • Three cohorts of environmental design majors (architecture, landscape architecture, city planning/urban studies)
  • one cohort of non-majors.
  • Size of Cohort 15 per cohort

Estimated Tuition and Fees

$19,500 per semester Includes international student fee, course fees, health insurance, orientation, student advising, final transcript, completion certificate and selected UC Berkeley- Environmental Design enhancements.

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