Theme Programs

Theme Programs are special living and learning communities, which are co-sponsored by an academic department and Residential Education. The Theme Program experience allows students to enjoy the opportunities of a large university, while benefiting from being part of a smaller and closer-knit residential community of students who share a common thematic and academic interest.

Requirements and Expectations

All theme program communities have a set of requirements and expectations that enrich the resident experience. Theme Program residents will be expected to participate in the following:

  • A weekly for-credit seminar
  • Semester retreat(s)
  • Community service
  • Leadership activities

Residents are also offered a variety of other opportunities that integrate living and learning in the residential environment, including field trips, workshops, faculty dinners, study groups, and daily living with roommates and neighbors who share the same interest. Detailed requirements and expectations for a particular community are described on each theme program’s page (accessed through top navigation or the sidebar).

How to Apply to the Theme Programs

To apply, complete a UC Berkeley housing application. Indicate which Theme Programs you are interested in and submit your application.

What if I've already applied for housing and now I want to live in a Theme Program?

You can go back to the Theme Program page on your housing application by logging back into the housing application portal.

Then choose the Theme Program step on the left-hand Application Menu. Once you're back on the Theme Program page, you can enter/modify your preferences and essays, and then hit the "Save & Continue" button at the bottom of the page.