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JUNE 27 - AUGUST 26, 2022

About the International Summer Research Program:

The International Summer Research Program (ISRP) is a rigorous summer program that invites international students from partner universities to join labs of leading UC San Diego faculty and engage in cutting-edge research.

In addition to gaining valuable research experience, students will have the opportunity to explore San Diego and engage in cultural outings with students from around the world. At the end of the program, students will present their research at the 2022 ISRP Research Symposium. 

Students who wish to participate must be nominated by their home university. Contact the International Office at your home university to be nominated. The deadline to be nominated is Tuesday, February 15. 

After nomination, students must submit a complete application by Tuesday, March 1. More instructions on the application process are below. 

Who Can Apply

ISRP is open to undergraduate and graduate students from select partner universities.

Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Participating Labs

Click HERE for a list of participating labs.

Interested students should pay close attention to the field of study and any pre-requisites to ensure they are qualified to be considered for the lab. 

Application Process

Complete applications are due by March 1. Please make sure you have the following documentation readily available to be uploaded. If any documentation is not in English, please provide a translated version with the original document.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores demonstrating level of English proficiency*
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor at your home university
  • Resume/ CV
  • Biodata page of passport. 
In the application, you will also be asked to briefly answer the following questions:
  1. Why do you wish to participate in this program? Highlight relevant academic and personal information, your career interests as well as information about yourself.
  2. Please describe your past research experience and how it can contribute to your summer at UC San Diego. Include specific examples about prior research, internships and job experiences. 
  3. Please describe your research interests and why they are important to you
Your responses to these questions will assist us and the faculty mentor to assess if you are a suitable candidate to work in a laboratory at UC San Diego. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee placement in a laboratory; it is ultimately the decision of the UC San Diego mentor who meets the qualifications to work in their lab.
*If English is an official language of your country or region of citizenship, you do not need to submit evidence of English proficiency. For all other applicants, please visit the UC San Diego International Admissions website for acceptable tests and scores.

Program Cost

Off-Campus Housing: $2,920.00

This quote is for 9 weeks in an on-campus single-occupancy room from Sunday, June 26 to Saturday, August 27. Should students wish to arrive early or stay later than these dates, they will need to secure their own accommodation. Information on nearby hotels that may run discounts for UC San Diego affiliates can be found here. 

ISRP Fee: $1,580.00

The ISRP Fee is the fee to process the necessary visa documentation and a program fee. The program fee will pay for activities such as meals for events, organized excursions, etc. 

Materials and Lab Fee: $500.00

Total Cost: $5,000 USD*

Unfortunately, UC San Diego cannot offer stipends or scholarships for ISRP students. Interested students should contact their home university to see if there any opportunities to apply for funding or financial support.

*Fees subject to change

Apply Today!

Best of luck and we hope to see you on campus this summer!

Click Here to Apply

ISRP cohort 2018 in front of King Triton statue
ISRP cohort of 2018 photographed in front of the King Triton status on UC San Diego's main campus.