Imagine yourself living in Berkeley, California, and learning from some of the most preeminent environmental design minds in the world. In addition to your academic learning, take advantage of various co-curricular activities for a full immersive learning experience on the Berkeley campus.
Career Counseling and Professional Development
You’ll receive career counseling from qualified staff and faculty to discuss topics such as interview preparation, job search strategies and more. If you’re interested in pursuing graduate studies, we can also provide strategies for you to be as competitive of an applicant as possible. Overall, you will have the opportunity to attend professional-development workshops that address career planning and UC Berkeley and U.S. graduate school admissions tips and best practices.
Hear From Leading Professionals in Environmental Design
We’ve invited local professionals working in environmental design firms and organizations to speak with you. This is a great way to get a real-world feel for the material that you’re studying. Ask your questions to get a deeper understanding of environmental design as it is practiced in the United States and globally.
Mingle with your fellow international students and College of Environmental Design students through various organizations and groups. Our students can belong to the American Institute of Architects’ West Quad Chapter, which offers different events and professional support. We also have a student chapter for the American Society of Landscape Architects, a research group called the Berkeley African Network for the Built Environment and so many other opportunities to connect with other students.
At the beginning of the program, attend a welcome lunch—a chance to get to know your fellow students, as well as the College’s faculty and staff. You'll also connect with your fellow students during cohort lunches throughout the program, some featuring guest speakers from Berkeley leadership.
The picturesque, wooded, 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
- Visitor Services: Reserve a free walking tour of campus, attend numerous events during your time on campus and more.
- Self-Guided Tours: Can't make a formal tour? Have a look at these ideas to explore campus on your own time.
- Attend a Berkeley Event: There are always intellectual, cultural, athletic and artistic events happening on and near the Berkeley campus.
In California, you can drive for a couple of hours in any direction for a completely different setting: mountains, ocean or desert. Here are some of the most iconic locations for a one-day or weekend getaway:
- Napa and Sonoma. California wine country features wine tours and exquisite cuisine. Or for the more active, enjoy hiking, bicycling or hot-air ballooning. (45-minute drive)
- Santa Cruz. Picturesque beaches and coastal redwood forests make this town the perfect backdrop for one of the best California surfing spots. Santa Cruz is home to several state parks and beaches, as well as a fun-filled boardwalk. (1.5-hour drive)
- San Francisco. Despite the fog, from Berkeley you can see across the bay to one of the world's most visited cities—home to streetcars, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, world-class shopping, restaurants, the Giants baseball team and an unparalleled cultural center. (20-minute drive or BART ride)
- Lake Tahoe. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is where the Bay Area goes to ski in the winter and relax by the lake in the summer. Hit the beach, enjoy lake activities, or try your luck at one of the bustling casinos. (3-hour drive)
- Monterey. Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium; take in a jazz festival; or bike, hike or walk by the stunning, pristine California waterfront. (2-hour drive)