Berkeley and the Bay Area

Although EITM participants will need to devote considerable time and focus to the rigorous curriculum of the Summer Institute, Berkeley and the Bay Area will provide ample opportunity for relaxation and recreation during off-hours. EITM participants will have access to the University of California's libraries, museums and (for a fee) recreational sports facilities. The Berkeley campus is located amidst a thriving city of 115,000 that has a huge and diverse offering of restaurants, cafes, bookstores, shops and pubs--all within walking distance of the dormitory housing EITM students. San Francisco, one of the world's most-loved cities, is just a quick trip away on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail line (which has a station one block from campus).

Berkeley’s location provides easy access to the cultural and recreational offerings of northern California. The scenic coastline of Carmel and Big Sur, the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, and the lakes and forests of the Sierra Nevada are just a few hours away. The hills above the campus feature popular trails for hikers, runners, and cyclists. Berkeley is home to many parks, including Tilden Park, which is part of the East Bay Regional Parks system, a greenbelt extending 21 miles through the East Bay Hills.

The Bay Area's climate is moderate year-round, with the average high temperature in June and July ranging between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.