Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

International Students

CED welcomes and encourages non-U.S. citizens to participate in the Summer Institute.


Visa Information

International students are not required to acquire student visas to attend the virtual program.


English Proficiency Requirement

The Summer Institute 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 600
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
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 Summer Institute mailing list.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for more information.  
  • Contact with any questions.
  • Submit an application online beginning December 15, 2019.

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 you will be enrolled in your particular Summer Institute cohort.
  • Log in to CalCentral and pay tuition in full within 7 days of enrollment.

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.