embARC Summer Design Academy

Cost + Deadlines

July 2-27, 2018

embARC 2018 Deadlines

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
On-Campus Housing Payment Deadline Friday, May 4 Monday, May 21
Course Enrollment Deadline Friday, May 4 Monday, May 21
Deadline for International Students to Submit VSIS/I-20 Documents Monday, May 21 N/A
Cancellation Deadline for Refund of Program Fee and Summer Session fees1 Friday, June 1 same
Cancellation Deadline for Full Housing Refund2 Friday, June 1 same
Cancellation Deadline for 40% Housing Refund3 Friday, June 22 same
Cancellation Deadline for Summer Session Fee Refund Only4 Sunday, July 1 same
Program Begins Monday, July 2 same
Withdrawal Deadline (no refund) Friday, July 13 same
Program Ends Friday, July 27 same

1 Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a full refund of the $3,200 program fee and all Summer Sessions fees, minus a $100 cancellation fee. (For international students, the $300 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 $150 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 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 2018 Tuition and Fees

Student Profile Tuition and Fees   Housing Total
Commuter, domestic $4,191   N/A $4,191
Residential, domestic $4,191   $4,380 $8,571
Residential, international* $6,691   $4,380 $11,071

*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 $300 international service fee for Berkeley Summer Sessions to process the visa.

In addition, a $30 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.


“The embARC class was inspiring and challenging, and confirmed for my daughter that architecture and urban design was the right path for her college studies.”

Stephanie T., Parent of embARC Alumna



embARC partners with local educational agencies and nonprofits to identify and distribute a limited number of scholarships to local students. Contact the CED Summer Programs Office before April 2, 2018 to request a scholarship from embARC itself. One of our partners is Wishbone, a non-profit organization helping low-income high school students find, apply to and afford summer programs like embARC to pursue their passions. To qualify, students must apply through Wishbone by December 11, 2017. Students must live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and must be eligible for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program. Please visit the Wishbone website for more information.

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.


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 on their online application.

The student dormitories are located on the UC Berkeley campus within walking distance of the College of Environmental Design, which is located on the south side of campus. Students will stay in an apartment-style dorm that includes a common room, kitchen, multimedia room, access to a 24-hour study room and laundry room. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, mattress and dresser drawers, and has a shared bathroom. The dorm also provides wireless internet access for the residents. A majority of the rooms available 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 same-sex 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.

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 accommodation 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), weekend excursions off-campus and organized evening activities if students have completed their classroom/studio assignments.