• Application Deadline
  • 4 months
The Berkeley College of Environmental Design's Global Access Program (CED-GAP) provides unique access to top-notch Berkeley faculty, courses and networks within the innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. The Environmental Design program at the University of California, Berkeley is part of the Berkeley Global Access Programs.


Through CED-GAP gain the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel  in the fields that encompass sustainable environmental design. Built for both design majors (architects and landscape architects) as well as students seeking a broader understanding of the built environment, the core curriculum emphasizes sustainability, design, innovation, social equity and the history of cities and landscapes. A key program feature for design majors is the opportunity to take an integrated design studio, while non-design majors enjoy a broad range of classes from across the College.

In addition to a formal course of study, CED-GAP students are integrated into the San Francisco Bay Area through field trips, site visits to museums, firm visits and college activities - these might include public lectures, symposia, clubs, social events and conferences.  While at Berkeley, CED-GAP students also have an opportunity to explore their own professional development, learn about graduate school admissions, participate in cohort lunches and explore California through field trips that combine experiential education and fun.

The Enviornmental Design program at the University of California, Berkeley is part of the Berkeley Global Access Programs.


WASC accredited

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 months
    • Duration description
      Up to 2 semesters (4-8 months)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Environmental Design
  • Design and Activism
  • Special Topics in Architectural Design
  • Special Topics in Digital Design Theories and Methods
  • Environmental Science for Sustainable Development
Students take 4 courses (12-15 units) per semester. Upon completion, students will receive a transcript from the University of California, Berkeley Extension and a Certificate of Completion from Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Programs may also be customized to meet curricular needs of students. 


For a full list of faculty visit the program website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Requirements vary depending on program focus selected (architecture, landscape architecture, city planning + urban studies, or sustainable environmental design), see website for full details.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
  • National

    19500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
 Tuition includes international student fees, course fees, health insurance, orientation, student advising, and outside of the classroom activiteis. 

Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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