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Discover the City by the Bay


With balmy temperatures and plenty of sunshine, Berkeley is an amazing place to spend two summer weeks. But it’s also within close reach of the arts and culture mecca of San Francisco, the technological hotbed of Silicon Valley, and the sweeping expanse of the Pacific Ocean. In an Exploration at Berkeley, you’ll see it all.


Experience all Berkeley has to offer

With fast access to the nearby greater San Francisco area you have a playground to fuel your discovery and explore the future you. EXPLO’s summer programs for teens in Berkeley gives you every opportunity.

Top universities of the West 

Explorations at Berkeley are based at “Cal” (UC Berkeley) with trips to Stanford so you can decide for yourself who should win the storied Cal/Stanford rivalry and take home the Stanford Axe trophy. You’ll also tour Santa Clara University and get a jump on the famously complex UCal college application.

A global hub of innovation + excellence

Technology, global business, entrepreneurship, world-class medical facilities, research, and rich funding come together here. Weekend trips and evening activities in and around the Bay Area, along with visits to Silicon Valley, put you at the center of the action to help shape new ideas.


Art + culture + music + food

This area houses top cultural institutions, the birthplace of the foodie movement, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach (Little Italy), The Castro, The Presidio, the Marina, Chrissy Field, and more. Immerse yourself in the enviable “No-Cal” (Northern California) lifestyle as you have a transformative summer experience.

Nature IS the city

Enjoy jaw-droppingly gorgeous views from your dorm room and everywhere you go. The Bay Area begs to be explored. Bring comfy shoes as you hike redwood trails, climb the SF hills, plunge into the Pacific, and revel in the warm California sun. EXPLO weekend trips include Golden Gate Park and Alcatraz—but natural beauty is right outside your door to be explored every day with clever new friends. This is EXPLO.

Did someone say sports?

An EXPLO summer can also mean sports—both for you as a player and as a spectator.  From the San Francisco 49ers (American football) and SF City (soccer/football) to the San Francisco Giants (baseball), Golden State Warriors (basketball), and the San Jose Sharks (hockey), San Francisco is home to extreme fans.

Get to know your summer home.