Best Summer Ever … in Berkeley!

What an amazing group of students we have in Berkeley this summer!

It’s taken us three days to get everyone safely in to the Foothill dormitory at UC Berkeley. Jonathan Alev arrived from France today, and with his arrival, our Berkeley 2017 family is complete!

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After arrival day and a full day of campus tours, meeting the teachers and orientation games, we started classes today.  An Instagram scavenger hunt in teams yielded these fun pictures.

Happy, healthy and making friends from around the world in Berkeley. Students and staff looking forward to an unforgettable summer.



Prepare For College With Our Pre-College Programs

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Who doesn’t love summer? Between the warm weather, gorgeous blue skies, and summer time activities, the approaching season holds quite a bit of potential. However, what if we told you there is a better way to spend your summer? A way to not only have a great time with great people, but to also gain valuable life experience in the process? While this might sound too good to be true, at Summerfuel, we deliver just that. Our Pre-college summer programs are designed to enrich our students lives through academic, social, and personal development. Because summer is almost upon us, we are going to use today’s post to go over our main pre-college summer programs for high school students, what students can expect from these programs, and what students can expect to gain from these amazing experiences. Continue reading below to learn more!

Oxford Provides Historical Inspiration

The Summerfuel Oxford program allows students to experience life at one the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. For centuries, Oxford has been celebrated for its long-standing traditions, amazing architecture, and academic prowess, cementing its place in history as one of the most developed universities the world over. During this pre-college summer program, students will get to experience what life is like as an undergraduate at Oxford while also attending seminars designed to challenge them mentally and academically. Students are encouraged to pick two seminars to explore during the program in order to explore the subjects in an in-depth way, improving their academic skills and providing them with new avenues to discover and explore their passions. In addition to academic work, students will take part in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and excursions designed to explore the Oxford campus and the surrounding cities. These excursions are reserved for Saturdays and Sundays during the program and gives students the opportunity to explore London, Broughton Castle, Bath, and Blenheim Palace.

Tufts in Boston Showcases American Excellence

Looking for a domestic pre-college summer program? Our Tufts program helps students to prepare for the rigors of college both intellectually and socially by providing them with a full on college experience. Located just outside of Boston, Tufts University is one of the top ranked universities in the nation and is far enough away from the city to feel secluded yet close enough to allow students to explore the many interesting areas of this historic location. The Tufts program is designed to encourage high school students to discover and explore the learning options that interest them. This pre-college summer program allows students to take two workshops and four courses over a four week period, providing them the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the academics of the program. In addition to academic programs, students are given full run of the Tuft University campus and the weekends are dedicated to exploring Boston and the surrounding historical areas of the city and include visits to Six Flags, the beach, and a Boston Red Sox game.

Berkeley Offers a Unique Research University Experience

Widely considered one of the nation’s top research universities, Berkeley challenges high school students to engage with their peers on an intellectual and personal level, fostering a better learning experience and an unforgettable summer experience. Summerfuel’s Berkeley program is designed to complement the liberal arts environment that has made Berkely so famous and students of this program are strongly encouraged to explore different learning options within the program and take control of their academic interests. During this program, students select a major course for the morning and an elective course during the afternoon. The morning course meets five times per week, while the afternoon courses vary between three to four weekly meetings. In addition to major and elective courses, students can choose between multiple workshops that will help them develop academic and interpersonal skills that are pertinent to their specific passions. Outside of academic course work, students are offered multiple excursion opportunities around the Berkeley area including visits to Six Flags, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a San Francisco Giants baseball game. This program offers a truly unforgettable summer experience.


If any of these programs have piqued your interest, or you feel that one of these programs would be a perfect fit for your high school student, please visit our website today for some more in-depth information. At Summerfuel, we have been coordinating and executing pre-college summer programs for years and we feel that our programs offer the best in both academic and extracurricular activities to enrich students’ experiences. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of our students comes away from the program having had a positive experience, both academically and personally. Visit our website today and let us help you turn a normal summer into a summer that you will never forget!

Homeward Bound

The majority of the students are now in transit, headed home full of memories. We hope they’ll share their stories and pictures from this summer with you! We are confident everyone had an amazing time, because we were lucky to have such a great group of students and staff that made our program a smashing success! The goodbyes today were emotional, the journeys home for most are long, but the experience makes it all worth it. We hope to see everyone again one day! Until the next time, so long Summerfuel Berkeley 2016! What a summer!

Final Banquet and Dance

Do we really have to say goodbye already? It all happened so quickly! Last night we had our final banquet and dance, including awards to the most outstanding students in each class and a special tribute to our RAs. The dinner was delicious, the occasion was special, and everyone enjoyed it. All of our students will be reunited with their loved ones soon, but they’ve added plenty of new friends this summer. Jan

Final Summerfuel Insider

Wow has time flown by!  Heading into our very last week we have a number of fantastic events planned for our students.  We have Karaoke and Quesadillas, Summerfuel Ping Pong Championship, Summerfuel Olympics, and our Final Banquet!  In addition, we have several fantastic afternoon activities that we will be offering for our students.  Have a look at our Summerfuel Insider, Volume 4 to check out the details of our events!

Newletter Week 4

Excursion to Stanford and Palo Alto

Today we went to Stanford to tour the beautiful campus and take in the sunshine. There were lots of options for students, including a campus tour, climbing the Hoover Tower, shopping, and exploring the town of Palo Alto. We drove by the Facebook headquarters along the way, and on campus our students had a chance to play  volleyball (see pics), soccer, wiffle ball, frisbee and other fun games. It’s safe to say it was a great day for all!

Muir Woods-Summerfuel Berkeley

Last Saturday, students had a choice between three different excursions, one of which was a trip to Muir Woods National Monument.  15 students embarked on a relaxing hiking adventure through the gorgeous coast redwood trees that can reach heights of over 250 feet.  After exploring the trails at the park, students also had time to spent in the quaint marina town of Sausalito.  They ate lunch, walked and shopped around, and some even rented bicycles.  Overall, it was very nice and enjoyable day for the whole group.


Final Weekend Friday Night!

It’s hard to believe that time has passed so quickly!  As we enter our last weekend, we are excited to offer several exciting opportunities for our students.  Some of our students will be able to travel into San Francisco to attend a Salsa Festival with dancing and live music.  Other students will be able to bike ride from Fisherman’s Wharf across the Golden Gate bridge!  In addition, students will have the opportunity to see a movie in downtown Berkeley, go bowling in Albany, or play pickup basketball at the Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility!    All of our trips were planned and will be facilitated by our amazing RA staff!  Check out our Weekend Events flyer below for more information!