The International Student Program Immersive Research Experience, organized by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering (HSSoE), is a 10-week research training program that provides a comprehensive engineering experience to its participants.  We are targeting students who are interested in applying to the University of California, Irvine for graduate school, Master degrees or Ph.D. degrees.  Each student will select and work on a specific research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and deliver a final presentation to conclude the research project.  Students will participate in a series of professional development seminars and visit research and technology centers on campus to develop an international perspective on engineering.  In addition, consultation for graduate applications to UC Irvine will be arranged as well. Six academic units will be awarded upon completion of the program through UCI Summer Session.

UC Irvine is located in the heart of sunny Southern California, just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. The campus is also a short drive from mountain resorts, the desert, sports venues, concert halls, and several exciting theme parks. Participants will enjoy several fun excursions to get the most out of their Southern California experience.

This program is designed to help students fully develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into future graduate studies. As a result of their research experience, students will develop a competitive edge in applying for Master’s and Ph.D. programs at UC Irvine or other top national graduate programs.

Program Dates:

June 24th – August 30th, 2019.   However, for students who encounter schedule conflict at home institution in June, the program date will be July 1st – September 6th, 2019.

Program Highlights

  • Program tailored to international students
  • Research training under top research faculty
  • Cultivating multi-disciplinary interaction
  • A global perspective on engineering
  • Professional/career development
  • Consultation with UCI engineering graduate applications
  • 2-6 transferable academic units (through UCI Summer Session)

Program Costs

The total cost of the program is $10,200.  For partnering universities, the cost is reduced to $9200, which includes the following:

  • Health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Program activities and administration
  • Research mentoring and project-related expenses
  • I-20 or DS2019 issuance fee for F1 or J1 visa
  • Transferable academic course credit fee (2-6 units of independent research course)
  • Furnished housing for the duration of the program

In addition, the student must separately cover the following:

  • Visa fees required by the U.S. consulate
  • Meals
  • Other personal and miscellaneous expenses
  • Round-trip travel