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


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 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. Through a variety of hands-on project-based workshops, you’ll explore research and theories of innovation, and see how they apply to some of the great creative minds of our time. As you do so, you will practice the skills crucial for success in higher education, refine your English language usage, and, just maybe, come up with an idea that will change the world. And of course, as part of the IPCP experience, you will enjoy guided tours of the San Francisco Bay Area, housing, meals, mentoring, transportation, and more.

Program Dates: July 14 to July 27


Program Fees: $ 3,400*

*apply before March 31 to get early registration discount

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 Orientation + Campus Tour Workshop-“Speaking in the Classroom”: Oral skills for Higher Education
T Introduction to course
The psychology of innovation
Engineering challenge I
W Theoretical models for cultivating innovation Case studies: innovation in context
Th Innovation in business I Case studies: innovators in business
F Fieldwork Trip Workshop: Online Resources for Grammar & Vocabulary Development


Week Two Schedule

Morning Afternoon
M Innovation in business II Customer engagement challenge
T Workshop-Writing the Personal Statement / US College Applications Innovation in product design and engineering
W Engineering challenge II Fieldwork Trip
Th Culture, socio-dynamics, and creativity Case studies: establishing a culture of creativity
F Showcase + Lunch + Graduation