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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 a Research Symposium. 


ISRP 2022 Students

Who Can Apply

ISRP is open to undergraduate and graduate students from select partner universities. UC San Diego contacts these partner universities when the application period is open to promote the opportunity to students.

Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Participating Labs

A list of participating labs will be made available in Winter 2023 for ISRP 2023. 

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

Students must provide the following documentation for the application. 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

The cost varies year by year. Costs for ISRP 2023 will be outlined here when finalized. 

ISRP costs cover the following:

  • On-campus housing
  • Fees for excursions and professional development opportunities such as a GRE prep course and preparing for graduate school courses.

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.