embARC Summer Design Academy

Cost + Deadlines

July 8 - August 2, 2019

Please note: these deadlines are specific to embARC and vary from those listed on the Summer Sessions website. Most Summer Sessions and Pre-Collegiate Program deadlines do not apply to embARC participants. 

Deadline International Students Domestic Students
Application Deadline Monday, April 22 Wednesday, May 1
On-Campus Housing Payment Deadline Saturday, May 4 Tuesday, May 21
Deadline for International Students to Submit VSIS/I-20 Documents Monday, May 20 N/A
Cancellation Deadline for Refund of Program Fee and Summer Session fees1 Friday, June 7 same
Cancellation Deadline for Full Housing Refund2 Saturday, June 1 same
Cancellation Deadline for 40% Housing Refund3 Friday, June 21 same
Cancellation Deadline for Summer Session Fee Refund Only4 Monday, July 1 same
Program Begins Monday, July 8 same
Withdrawal Deadline (no refund) Friday, July 12 same
Program Ends Friday, August 2 same

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

2 Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your on-campus housing agreement by this date and you will receive a full refund of the housing fee, minus a cancellation fee. 

Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your on-campus housing agreement by this date and you will receive a 40% refund of the housing fee. There are no housing fee refunds after this date.

Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to withdraw from the program by this date and you will receive a refund of all Summer Sessions fees, minus a Withdrawal Processing Fee.

 

embARC 2019 Tuition and Fees*

(*Prices are subject to change.)

Student Profile Tuition and Fees   Housing Total
Commuter, domestic $4,358   N/A $4,358
Residential, domestic $4,358   $4,380 $8,738
Residential, international* $6,888   $4,380 $11,268

*International students must enroll in the program for five units in order to qualify for a student visa. Included in the total cost is a $330 international service fee.

In addition, a $50 application fee must accompany each application.

Tuition and Fees cover:

  • computer lab fees
  • Digital Fabrication Lab and Fabrication Shop training
  • some materials and supplies
  • catered welcome and commencement events
  • transportation to and from site visits

The housing fee includes:

  • four weeks of campus housing
  • meal plan
  • weekend field trips
  • SFO airport shuttle service
  • chaperone services for students under 18

Students must provide for any additional supplies and their own computer. Students should anticipate spending $50-$100 on additional supplies.

 

“Thank you all for creating such a dynamic summer program. The [embARC] staff was nothing short of fantastic. Each day they arrived fully vested with awesome energy. Each week they continued to mentor and find ways to listen, help and motivate our student. As a family, many summer night dinners we sat and listened - enthralled really, as our student discussed, shared and even showed us about all the amazing things he had learned, or studied that day. He felt connected. He really enjoyed your local architect speaker and what motivated him to become an architect and designer. He also enjoyed meeting and working with students from around the Bay, country and globe. He gained new perspectives, experiences, and insights. Fabulous program! We hope you continue to expand, help, motivate, and enrich the summers for future students.”

—Parent of embARC 2018 student

 

Scholarships 

embARC has a small number of need-based scholarships available to accepted students. Scholarship award amounts are based on financial need, the student's academic achievement and completion of the embARC application and financial aid forms. Program applicants can indicate their interest in receiving financial aid when they complete and submit their embARC application in SlideRoom.  Interested applicants will receive additional information on how to apply for aid upon acceptance into the program.  

Required financial aid materials

  • a completed embARC application form
  • a thoughtful and thorough response to the essay questions and statement of intent on the embARC application
  • a letter of recommendation
  • submission of school transcripts
  • a completed financial aid application form

Families have also shared with us ideas they have used for grassroots fundraising campaigns of their own. Here are some suggestions:

  • Crowdfunding through sites such as gofundme.com
  • Reaching out to friends, family, local businesses, civic organizations and churches
  • Using social media 
  • Researching and modeling fundraising methods used by your high school's student clubs

 

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.

 

Residency

Students living near the UC Berkeley campus may opt to commute to embARC as a day program, or choose to live on campus. For non-local students, it is mandatory that students either take advantage of the on-campus housing provided by our campus partner Polychrome International Education (DBA Sesame Consulting) or reside with a local guardian, relative or someone officially sanctioned in writing by the student’s parent/guardian prior to arrival. Prospective students have the opportunity to request housing when they fill out the embARC program online application.

The College of Environmental Design partners with Polychrome International Education (DBA Sesame Consulting) to manage the residential component of the embARC program. The cost of residential tuition covers:

  • a group shuttle to and from the San Francisco International airport, 
  • overnight accommodations in the student dormitories on campus,
  • an 88-point meal plan (approximately 11 prepaid meals per week) in the campus dining halls,
  • supervision at all times (24 hours per day, 7 days per week), and
  • weekend excursions off-campus and organized evening activities if students have completed their classroom/studio assignments.

The student housing is located on the UC Berkeley campus within walking distance of the College of Environmental Design, which is located in Wurster Hall on the southeast side of campus. Students will stay in an on-campus dorm with a shared bathroom on each floor. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, mattress and dresser drawers. The dorm also has wireless internet access available for the residents. A majority of the dorm rooms are triple-occupancy rooms, and students will be grouped in rooms by gender. 

In order to gain access to their dorm, students will need a resident card to open the outer gate as well as all doors inside the building. The dorm floors are separated by gender, and supervisory staff members reside on the floors with the student residents in order to provide evening supervision and to be available throughout the night in the event of an emergency. Our supervisors will take roll call every evening at 9 p.m. After room check is completed, student residents are asked not to leave their rooms for the remainder of the evening for any reason other than emergencies or for necessary restroom visits on their floor. embARC faculty will take roll call every morning at 9 a.m. at the College of Environmental Design and will notify the program office shortly thereafter if a student is not in attendance.