“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, our program has been postponed. Please contact us for details.

Innovation is a hard thing to explain, and an even harder thing to create. Companies spend millions on research and development only to come up empty-handed. When great ideas finally do arrive, they do so unexpectedly – out of the blue, as the old saying goes. In short, innovation is mysterious, but as Jobs notes, it is the key to success. This is true for business professionals, academics, artists, and athletes alike. So just what is innovation and how do we create it?

In this intensive 2-week course offered through U.C. Berkeley’s College Writing Programs, you will engage in a variety of hands-on activities that test your ability to innovate, negotiate, and communicate your ideas. You will also explore what science has to say about innovation: its origins, when and how it strikes, what to do once it does, and what to do if it doesn’t. As you do so, you will practice the skills crucial for success in higher education.

Program Dates: TBD


Program Fees: TBD*

*2021 program fees will be determined.

Program features, services, and amenities:


Classroom activities, learning materials, and fieldwork that immerse you in the latest research on innovation and offer you practice in academic skills such as critical thinking, sustained analysis, and the opportunity to explore and create original, engaging, and cohesive content

Classes taught by experienced U.C. Berkeley professors

Intensive 80-hour program (equivalent to a half-semester of coursework)

Individualized feedback and resources to refine your language skills

Mentorship and tutoring from U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student advisors

Workshops on college admissions, classroom communication, and more

Official U.C. Berkeley Certificate upon program completion

Guided tours of the San Francisco Bay Area, with transportation included: Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Legion of Honor Museum, de Young Museum, premier shopping centers, and more

Housing located steps from the Berkeley campus, with chaperones, evening meals, linen service, high-speed Internet access, and common areas to relax and chat with friends

Transportation between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and your residence in Berkeley

Program Schedule:

Week One Schedule

Morning 9:30am – 12:00pm Afternoon 2:00pm – 4:30pm
M Berkeley orientation and campus tour Workshop: “Speaking in the Berkeley Classroom”: Oral skills for Higher Education
T Introduction to course:
The psychology of innovation
Engineering challenge I
W Cultivating innnovation Workshop: Online Resources for academic success
Th Innovation in business I Case studies: innovators in business
F Innovation in business II Fieldwork Trip


Week Two Schedule

Morning Afternoon
M Engineering challenge II Workshop: Writing the Personal Statement / US College Applications
T Innovation in product desgin and engineering Case studies: Innovation in product design and engineering
W Field trip Workshop: Choosing a major
Th Culture, socio-dynamics, and creativity Case studies: Establising a culture of creativity
F Showcase + Lunch + Graduation