Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]

Deadlines + Cost

SUMMER 2019 APPLICATION deadline extended to June 7

Disc*2019 Dates + Deadlines

These deadlines are specific to Disc* and vary from those listed on the Summer Sessions website. Most Summer Sessions deadlines do not apply to Disc* participants.

Deadline Domestic Students  International Students
Online Application Opens December 15, 2018 same
Financial Aid Request Deadline April 1 same
Online Application Deadline EXTENDED TO JUNE 7 EXTENDED TO MAY 28
Deadline for International Students to Submit VSIS form and I-20 Documents N/A MAY 29
Cancellation Deadline for Full Refund* June 7 same
Withdrawal Deadline for Summer Session Fee Refund Only** July 7 same
Program Begins July 8 same
Withdrawal Deadline without a refund July 14 same
Program Ends August 9 same

* Contact the Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a full refund of the $3,300 CED Program Fee and all Summer Sessions fees, minus a cancellation fee. (For international students, the $330 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.)

** Contact the Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a refund of all Summer Sessions fees, minus a withdrawal fee. (For international students, the $330 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.)


Course Cancellation and Refund Policy

CED reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrollment for a full refund, and to withdraw or modify course offerings.


Disc*2019 Tuition and Fees

Student Profile Total Cost
Visiting Student, domestic $4,358
Visiting Student, international $6,888

Tuition and Fees cover:

  • access to Computer Labs
  • access to the Digital Fabrication Lab
  • licenses for required software
  • a CalNet ID card for access to all University facilities
  • print card
  • some materials and supplies
  • catered welcome and commencement events
  • Clipper Card for free transportation on all Alameda County buses
  • transportation to and from site visits

Students are responsible for their own housing, meals, any additional supplies, and computer.


A small number of partial, need-based stipends are available. Applicants can request a stipend on their slideroom application. Slideroom applications must be submitted by April 1 in order to be considered for a stipend. If the applicant is accepted, a link to the stipend application will be included in the acceptance letter.


Disc* program participants are strongly encouraged to live on campus, though this is not required. Students already living within 30 minutes of campus may opt to commute to Disc* as a day program. Non-local students have several options for housing, some of which include meals. The following links will give you an idea of housing costs in the Berkeley area.

  • Berkeley Student Co-op housing is one of the most affordable housing options.
  • International House: only a five-minute walk from Wurster Hall, International House has rooms available in the summer and they also offer meals. 
  • UC Berkeley dorms: Berkeley Residence Halls often have available rooms for visiting students during the summer sessions.
  • Cal Rentals: this subscription service is set up specifically to help summer student visitors find sublets around campus. Email them after March 1 to request their Summer Housing Bulletin.
  • CED Summer Programs Facebook Page: incoming Institute students use this page to trade house-hunting tips and share leads (by invitation only).
  • Berkeley Lab Guest House: located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus, guests can access the UC Berkeley campus via shuttle bus, car, bicycle, or foot. It offers standard, large, and studio rooms.
  • Craigslist: many summer students find sublets in the neighborhood - keep in mind that many more options become available leading up to the summer.
  • Summer Sessions maintains a list of non-UC affiliated housing options.

PLEASE NOTE: UC Berkeley's summer Residence Halls fill up fast. Residency priority is given to Disc* students who apply early in the spring.