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ASA Summerfuel @University of Massachusetts or UC Berkeley

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Amherst, MA or Berkeley, CA

Type of Program / Who can apply:
Academic Enrichment/International


Program Dates:
Umass: June 30 - July 13 (2 weeks) or June 30 - July 27 (4 weeks). UC Berkeley: July 14 - July 25, 2013

Umass: $3,495 (2 weeks) $6,495 (4 weeks). UC Berkeley: $3,995

Program Overview:
UMass: Set in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, Amherst is a fun, funky little town with coffee shops, unique eateries, great bookstores, and music spots that you won't find anywhere else. It's also just 90 miles from Boston, which means it offers a great combination of relaxed summer setting and exciting urban options.

UC Berkeley: The campus offers an extraordinary combination of natural beauty and urban excitement where you can follow a run through a Redwood forest with a stroll through a tangle of street vendors, busy cafes and bookshops. Full access to Berkeley’s extensive academic, sports, and recreational facilities and its proximity to San Francisco make UC-Berkeley an unforgettable place to study, meet new friends and enjoy the summer.

Program Offering:
Take college-style seminars in a range of subjects taught by inspirational professors but save time to experience the fun we offer in a wide range of activities, program events, and weekend travel. The ASA program is a fantastic opportunity to sample college life at one of the nation's premier academic institutions in one of the most charming college towns in the U.S. The ASA program is designed to provide students with an engaging and exciting academic experience, a rich social experience, and the wonderful camaraderie of a summer program with a student body that is diverse in both their interests and their cultures. ASA classes are focused and interesting, adding hands-on, active opportunities wherever possible. They're also of great quality, taught by experienced professors.

In addition to coursework, the ASA program offers fantastic opportunities to form friendships with interesting new people. The staff are engaged and involved and play a pivotal role in helping students adjust and enjoy their ASA experience. Weekend trips are also key, with days spent in Boston/San Francisco; summer could hardly be more interesting.

Sample Schedule / Life on Campus / Extra Opportunities:
All students will take one morning major course, one afternoon elective course, and one workshop. ASA transcripts are issued for all students. At ASA courses are kept small (typically 12-15 students) and emphasis is placed on seminar style discussion, rather than lecture.

This dynamic interaction between students and faculty creates a cooperative learning environment and stimulates the active exchange of ideas. Enrichment courses are taught by experienced, charismatic university faculty, practicing professionals and graduate students. This talented team of teachers is solely responsible for academics, not residence life-ensuring 100% attention to academics.

Sample Schedule
8:30AM - 9:00AM breakfast
9:15AM - 11:45AM am course
11:45AM - 1:15PM lunch
1:15PM - 3:00PM free time
3:00PM - 5:00PM pm course/workshop
5:00PM - 6:30PM dinner
6:30PM - 8:00PM free time
8:00PM - 10:30PM evening activities
11:00PM check-in (12:00AM Fri/Sat)
Extra Opportunities and Activities

UMass: Boston (2 trips), Six Flags New England, New Port (RI), Beach trip, Northampton, Boston Red Sox game, and Basketball Hall of Fame.

UC Berkeley: San Francisco (2 trips), Alcatraz Island, Tour Stanford University (including the Rodin Garden and Cantor Art Museum), Santa Cruz beach area & visit UC Santa Cruz, SF Giants Baseball & Six Flags Marine World.

Life on Campus – UMass
Your home at UMass will be the fantastic, new North Apartments. Centrally located, within easy walking distance to all of the facilities that you'll need on campus, North Apartments are also state of the art, fully air-conditioned, suite style apartments. Every suite has four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a shared living room and kitchen. Bedrooms have Ethernet connectivity and kitchens have full refrigerators and microwaves. There are also laundry facilities, vending machines, meeting rooms and lounge space in the dorm and grassy areas just outside perfect for relaxing. Sports Facilities are also available in the form of the brand new state of the art UMass Recreation Center weight rooms, swimming pools, exercise machines, cardio classes, and running track. North Apartments has 24 hour security, with electronic key card access required for entry and a staffed reception area immediately inside the dorm. A short walk from North Apartments is Worcester Dining Hall one of the most popular dining facilities on campus. Dining hall offerings include sushi, Pho noodles, create your own stir-fry, pizza, Dim Sum brunch, pasta, Grab n' Go, deli station, salad bar and more.

Life on Campus – UC Berkeley
Your summer home will be in the Foothill dormitories in the wooded northeast section of campus - one of the most sought-after residential areas on campus. You will share a double room, which is grouped in a suite with a living room and bathroom and has spectacular views of the SF skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. All rooms are fully furnished and have wireless internet access. Foothill also contains modern lounges, laundry machines, and computer labs. As an ASA student at Berkeley, you will also have access to Berkeley's Cal Rec center which offers eight extraordinary recreational facilities, Olympic-sized swimming pools, softball fields, and professional tennis courts. The Foothill Dormitory features 24 hour security, with electronic key card access required for entry. You'll receive three meals a day (brunch and dinner on weekends) and enjoy an incredible variety of menu choices at the easily accessible Foothill dining hall.

Roommates & RAs
ASA Summer Fuel’s students come from all over the US and over 30 different countries. Roommates are carefully selected using responses to our housing questionnaire, matching interests, age and gender. A team of Resident Advisors (RAs) will provide direct supervision and support to students in the residence hall and during activities and excursions. RAs are college juniors, seniors or recent graduates. Each RA will support a group of ten students on his or her hall; RAs will orient students to their new home, help them with questions about the program and advise them as they adjust to living in a residential community.

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