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:

  • 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

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: March 17th, 2018

SEI Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018

SEI Financial Aid (2017-2018 FAFSA) Priority Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Program Dates: Sunday, August 5th - Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Program Costs

Direct Cost to Participate in Summer Engineering Institute 2018

Single: $4,395

Double: $4,259

Triple: $4,157

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


  • Students who enroll in ECE 5 will be charged a $75 lab fee which will be assessed with registration fees.
  • Students who enroll in SE 1 will be charged a $35 course material fee which will be assessed with registration fees.
  • Students enrolled in SE1 will be required to purchase a book.

Use this estimated budget to help decide how much money you'll need to attend SEI and how much financial aid you may need to meet that goal. Your actual costs may differ. And of course, the amount anyone spends depends greatly on his or her own personal situation and individual choices.

UCSD's estimated budgets include all education costs: tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Students have choices on their housing (single, double, or triple room). Each of these living arrangements has a different estimated cost.

Budget Estimate to Attend Summer Engineering Institute 2018

Single Double Triple
Housing & Dining $ 1904.00 $ 1768.00 $ 1666.00
Tuition & Fess $ 1835.10 $ 1835.10 $ 1835.10
Program Fees $ 607.34 $ 607.34 $ 607.34
Misc. Exp. & Snacks $ 288.00 $ 288.00 $ 288.00
Books $ 166.00 $ 166.00 $ 166.00
Personal $ 211.00 $ 211.00 $ 211.00
Transportation $ 77.00 $ 77.00 $ 77.00
Total $ 5,088.44 $ 4,952.44 $ 4,850.44

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 2017-2018 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. You may have already completed the 2018-2019 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 2017-2018 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 March 16th, 2018. 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!


Ryan Fane
Student Program Coordinator

Note: 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.
Additional information may be found at http://disabilities.ucsd.edu/about/index.html.