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The International Summer Research Program (ISRP) is a rigorous 8-10 week 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 findings at the 2020 ISRP Research Symposium. ISRP is open to students of ALL majors!

To find out if your university is eligible, or for other questions regarding the program, contact Max Reinke at

Fields of Research

Faculty from the follow academic disciplines have agreed to host ISRP students in their labs:


  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Nanoengineering
  • Structural Engineering


  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Salk Institute for Biological Sciences


  • Anesthesiology
  • Family Medicine and Public Health
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

Program Dates

June 28 to August 29, 2020

Program Costs

On-campus housing ($56/ night for a single room and no meal plan) $2,898 USD
ISRP Fee (Visa + Program Fee) $1,525 USD
Materials + Lab Fee $400 USD
Total $4,823* USD

*Cost of the program is subject to change at any time. Please note that since housing is per night, the total cost is subject to change based on how long the student participates in the program. 

Visa Application Requirements and Timeline:

More information coming soon...

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