Applications are reviewed for admission and decisions are released on a rolling basis. Due to space limitations, early applications are encouraged. We will evaluate your application on the basis of the overall strength of your academic record, extracurricular experiences, and career goals.

The ideal participant in the BASE Program is a student who will have recently completed his or her sophomore, junior or senior year, or has graduated within the last two years from an undergraduate institution. We also encourage current freshmen who are completing their first year of university with strong academic performance to apply.

If English is not the official language spoken in your country and your native language in not English, you must submit official evidence of English language proficiency (TOEFL or the IELTS examination score).

Admission Timeline for BASE 2021


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  • First deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Second deadline: Closing Soon (Almost Full)
  • Instruction begins: July 6, 2021
  • Instruction ends: August 13, 2021

Program Costs for BASE

The program cost for BASE 2021 is $8,500.

This program fee covers:

  • All tuition costs
  • All course readers
  • All workshops

Housing Change and Remote Instruction for 2021

Due to COVID-19 measures on the UC Berkeley Campus summer housing will not be provided through BASE in 2021. Admitted students are encouraged to make their own housing arrangements. The BASE program will be conducted remotely in 2021.

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