Berkeley Business Academy for Youth

High School Critical Thinking/Case Study Immersion Session

To apply  Applications for Summer 2018 will open in December 2017.

  • Complete the 2017 online application in English
  • Write an essay in English* (no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point type) that answers all of these questions:
    • Critical thinking is essential to effective learning and productive living. How do you define critical thinking?
    • What are some of the issues that arise from the rapid acquisition of information technology? How important have those technologies become to organizations?
    • Why do you want to attend the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth high-school critical thinking/case study session? What do you hope to gain by participating?
    • What distinguishes you from your peers? Describe some of our non-academic interests.
  • Attach or send by mail 2 teacher recommendations
  • Attach or send by mail a transcript including grades from the past 2 years (can be an unofficial transcript)

* If English is not your native language, please write one paragraph describing your English educational background and experience.

Mailing address for supporting documents:
The B-BAY Program Office
Haas School of Business
S545 Student Services Bldg. #1900,
Berkeley, CA 94720


You must provide a record of immunizations according to California immunization regulations prior to attending the program

Application Fees

A non-refundable $75 application fee must accompany the completed application. Applications submitted without payment will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

We encourage you to apply prior to the application deadline as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The admissions team looks for academically motivated, mature students who are interested in attending B-BAY because they want to develop their knowledge of business, want to learn how to think critically or have a passion for business. The application and accompanying materials should convey and communicate your level of maturity and motivation.


You may be asked to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee to determine admission to the program.

When we receive your complete application (application form, essay, all supplemental materials, and the application fee), you will be notified by e-mail. An admissions decision will be made and e-mailed to you within two weeks.

Enrolling Students admitted into the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth have 10 days (weekends included) from your acceptance date to enroll online and pay the program fees. You are not enrolled until full payment is received.

International Students

We welcome applications from international students who are proficient in English. You will be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee to determine your English proficiency and qualifications for admission to the program, details here.

Visa Requirement

Because Berkeley Business Academy for Youth is a non-credit, two-week program:

  • Citizens of countries who need a visa to enter the United States should obtain a B-2 "Visitor for Pleasure" visa, not an F-1 student visa. This allows students to enjoy tourist activities as well as to participate in Berkeley Business Academy for Youth.
  • Citizens of countries who participate in the Visa Waiver Program should enter the U.S. in WT "Waiver Tourist" status which permits the same flexibility.

Go to the US State Department's travel site for more information.

Program Office

The B-BAY Program Office
Haas School of Business
S545 Student Services Bldg. #1900,
Berkeley, CA 94720
8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information, please contact Olive Davis:
(510) 643-0923