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 ENG 10: Fundamentals of Engineering Applications (2 credits) where they experience a unique hands-on introduction into how engineers use mathematics to solve real-world engineering problems.

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

  • CSE 5A: Introduction to Programming I
  • ECE 5: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MAE 8: MATLAB Programming for Engineering Analysis
  • NANO/CENG 15: Engineering Computation Using MATLAB
  • SE 1: Introduction to Structures and Design

SEI Eligibility

Incoming freshmen students admitted to an engineering major at UC San Diego.

Important Dates

SEI Application Opens: March 22nd, 2019

SEI Application Deadline: May 12th, 2019

Program Dates: Saturday, August 3rd - Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Program Costs

Direct Cost to Participate in Summer Engineering Institute 2019

Single: $4,636

Double: $4,492

This amount covers tuition and fees, housing (single or double room) and meals, and program fees.


  • Students who enroll in ECE 5 will be charged a $100 lab fee which will be assessed with registration fees.
  • Students who enroll in SE 1 will be charged a $24 course material fee which will be assessed with registration fees.
  • Students enrolled in SE1 will be required to purchase a book.

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 2018-2019 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. You may have already completed the 2019-2020 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 2018-2019 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.

Follow the process below to release your financial aid and scholarship information to SEI, so that we may better assist you with your FAFSA and financial aid application.

  • Step 1: Log onto TritonLink
  • Step 2: Under the “financial tools” tab select “financial aid”
  • Step 3: Choose 19/20 academic year
  • Step 4: Go to bottom of page and click the “additional information” arrow
  • Step 5: Click on link for “Consent to Release Financial Aid/Scholarship Information”
  • Step 6: Enter your email in the box provided
  • Step 7: In the “I consent to release my financial aid and scholarship information to the following individual(s)” section select OTHER.
  • Step 8: Enter “Gennie Miranda” in the first and last name fields, today’s date for “birthdate”, and SEI for “relationship”.
  • Step 9: Click submit

To Apply:

  1. Go to the Summer Success Programs page.
  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 SEI, would you like to apply to the IDEA Scholars Program, the Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES) Scholar’s Program, or the Padovani Scholars Program for ECE majors? Why would you like to become an IDEA, ACES, or Padovani Scholar? Note: You may apply to multiple programs and write a combined answer. (150 word maximum)
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Gennie Miranda

Office for Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability (physical, chronic health, learning, mental health, ADHD, etc.) who may need accommodations in classrooms (lecture and/or examination), labs, housing and/or dining, recreational activities such as hiking, ropes, field sports, etc., please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at 858.534.4382 as soon as you become aware that the condition may impact your ability to participate in our programs.
Click here for additional information.

Veteran/CalVet Education Benefits
If you are a Military Affiliated student receiving Federal Veteran Affairs (VA) or Cal Vet assistance during the summer and would like to request more information, please contact the Student Veteran Benefits Coordinator, Lisa Linares at (858) 534-0477 or by email at llinares@ucsd.edu.
For more information, click here.