Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]

International Students

CED welcomes and encourages non-U.S. citizens to participate in Disc*.


Visa Information

Disc*2021 will be offered online. International students are not required to acquire a student visa to attend.


English Proficiency Requirement

The minimum scores required by the University are as follows:

Acceptable Test Minimum Score
CET-4 (China) 493
CET-6 450
Computer-based TOEFL 213
GEPT High intermediate
GRE (verbal score) 140 
Internet-based TOEFL 80
iTEP Level 5
Paper-based TOEFL 600
TEM 70
Duolingo 115


You are exempt from the English Proficiency Requirement if:


International Student Application and Refund Deadlines

December 15, 2020 Online application opens
May 15, 2021 Application deadline
June 18, 2021 Cancellation deadline: Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a full refund.


International Student Checklist

Before You Apply

  • Read the above section on CED Summer Programs Fees, Refunds, and Deadlines policies.
  • Read the above section regarding the English Proficiency Requirement.
  • Read the above section on Visa Information.
  • Research potential supplemental sources of funding from your government or educational institution. (Stipends for international students are partial and extremely limited.)
  • Sign up for the Disc* mailing list.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for more information.  
  • Contact summerdiscovery@berkeley.edu with any questions.

After You Apply

  • You will receive an admissions decision by email within one to two weeks of your application submission. You will be contacted by the CED Summer Programs Office if your application is missing any information. 
  • If you are admitted to the program, you will receive further instructions on how to register.
  • Once you register, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your CalNet ID and enroll in your courses.
  • Log in to CalCentral and pay the full fee with a credit card within 7 days of enrollment.

Before the program begins

  • Join the CED Summer Slack workspace and connect with your fellow participants.
  • Check your email frequently and complete any pre-program readings and/or assignments as directed by the CED Summer Programs Office.


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