Get a jump start on your academic career at UC San Diego's 5-week, residential Summer Engineering Institute (SEI), and earn six credits towards your engineering degree. Receive support in making the transition from high school to the rigors of a university-level engineering curriculum, and build awareness of relevant campus programs and resources. Take part in organized social activities on evenings and weekends, and begin forming a peer network and make lasting friendships.

Six Course Credits

All SEI participants take: ENG10: Fundamentals of Engineering Applications (2 credits) where they develop and apply mathematical skills while working in teams to solve practical engineering problems.

Participants also select one 4-credit course from their Engineering major or precalculus:

  • MAE08: MATLAB Programming for Engineering Analysis
  • Nano/CENG 15: Engineering Computation Using MATLAB
  • SE1: Introduction to Structures and Design
  • ECE5: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Math 4C: Precalculus for Science and Engineering

SEI Eligibility

Incoming freshmen students admitted to an engineering major at UC San Diego.
(Note: CSE offer its own summer program SPIS: https://sites.google.com/a/eng.ucsd.edu/spis/)

Important Dates

SEI Application Opens: May 1st, 2017

SEI Application Deadline: May 28th, 2017

SEI Financial Aid (2017-2017 FAFSA) Priority Deadline: May 28th, 2017

Program Dates: Sunday, August 6th - Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Cost and Financial Aid

Cost: $4,600

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Summer financial aid and scholarships are available.

  • We strongly encourage all SEI applicants to apply for summer financial aid by filling out the 2016-2017 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. You may have already completed the 2017-2018 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, but that support starts in the fall and doesn't help with the upcoming summer, so it is important to fill out the 2016-2017 application as well. For additional financial aid information, please visit fao.ucsd.edu.
  • Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES): The ACES program offers scholarships to support SEI attendance. ACES is a two-year program that engages and supports highly motivated engineering students from economically and educationally undeserved backgrounds. Click here to learn more about becoming an ACES Scholar.
  • IDEA Scholars: The IDEA Scholars program fosters community building and academic excellence among our top incoming freshman engineering students from diverse backgrounds, and may provide financial assistance for attending SEI. Click here to learn more about becoming an IDEA Scholar.
  • Note: You may apply to both the ACES and IDEA Scholars programs.

To Apply:

The SEI application opens May 1st, 2017. To apply to SEI:

  1. Go to http://summersuccessprograms.ucsd.edu
  2. Log on with your Single Sign-On
  3. Select Summer Engineering Institute
  4. Complete the application

Note: As part of the application you will be asked to complete the following essay questions:

  1. Why are you inspired and motivated to study engineering? How do you plan to use your engineering degree in the future? (250 word maximum)
  2. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? Why, or why not? (250 word maximum)
  3. In addition to applying to the Summer Engineering Institute, would you like to apply to the IDEA Scholars Program or the Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES) Scholar’s Program? Why would you like to become an IDEA or ACES Scholar? (150 word maximum)

Note: You may apply to both the ACES and IDEA Scholars programs.

Apply Now!


Jessica Baldis
Academic Success Coordinator

Note: If you are a student with a disability who may need accommodations to participate in our programs, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities directly at 858.534.4382. Additional information may be found at http://disabilities.ucsd.edu/about/index.html.