embARC Summer Design Academy

International Students

CED welcomes and encourages non-U.S. citizens to participate in the embARC Summer Design Academy.


Visa Information

The online embARC program does not require international students to acquire student visas to attend.


English Proficiency Requirement

embARC requires a passing score on any of the following tests taken within the last three years:

Acceptable Test Minimum Score
CET-4 (China) 493
CET-6 450
Computer-based TOEFL 213
GEPT High intermediate
GRE (verbal score) 140 - for tests taken after August 1, 2011
iTEP Level 5

Paper-based TOEFL

Internet-based TOEFL 80
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
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.

Please go to the Cost + Deadlines page to view additional dates and fees.


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.
  • Research potential supplemental sources of funding from your government or educational institution.
  • Sign up for the embARC mailing list.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for more information.  
  • Contact embarc@berkeley.edu with 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

  • You will receive an email from the CED Summer Programs Office with further instructions on how to register for the program.
  • Once you register, you will receive an email from UCB Summer Sessions with instructions on how to activate your CalNet ID and you will be enrolled in embARC.
  • Log in to CalCentral and pay tuition in full within 7 days of registration.

Before the program begins

  • Join the CED Summer Facebook group 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.

Visit the Summer Sessions International Student Services website for more support and resources available to international students.

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