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Sustainable Landscapes and Cities, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 56 days
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The Sustainable Landscapes and Cities course at University of California, Berkeley is an introduction to issues of sustainability in the designed landscape and in our cities. It includes environmental history as well as contemporary social, environmental and political issues surrounding sustainable design and activism.

The course stresses motives and values expressed through environmental design at various scales – from neighborhood to global and examines problems affecting healthy environments and their solutions. 

Students study the need for protection and restoration of healthy ecological systems within the design of cities and landscapes and discuss ways to enable these systems to thrive. Readings and discussions focus on means to evaluate, create and advocate for healthy, sustainable environments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    4 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students will learn about and discuss the interconnectedness of natural systems overlapped by human habitation. They will learn about design that can facilitate positive social systems and how the combination of ecological and social communities can present answers to some of the pressing environmental problems we face. 

Students will learn how various design strategies involve land preservation, watershed protection and restoration; local food production networks; resilient neighbourhood design through community participation in open space design; pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets, urban forestry; reducing the waste stream.

Hours & Workload 

6 hours of instructor presentation of course materials per week, 15.5 hours of outside work hours per week, and 2 hours of the exchange of opinions or questions on course material per week.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

International visiting students are required to have:

  • Proof of English proficiency, unless your country of origin is on the exception list
  • A non-immigrant visa
  • Proof of health insurance

Tuition Fee

  • International

    550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 550 USD per credit and a duration of 56 days.
  • National

    550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 550 USD per credit and a duration of 56 days.
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  • Registration Fee $450
  • Document Management Fee $58
For Intenational students: 
  • International Service Fee $330

Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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