San Diego

Summer Springboard program for high school students to be held at UC San Diego

Campus Overview

Students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors, and professional experts. Immerse yourself in academic excellence minutes from the beach. Experience world-class beaches, Belmont Park, as well as educational field trips to organizations working in your academic field.


$5,198 Tuition will increase to $5,398 on November 30th

Extended Commuter :
$3,598 Tuition will increase to $3,698 on November 30th

$2,998 Tuition will increase to $3,098 on November 30th


July 9, 2023 July 21, 2023

July 23, 2023 August 4, 2023


To be held at UC San Diego
San Diego, CA


  • This program has truly changed me. The best part of this program was being able to have hands on experience in my dream field of work.

    Ashley M.

  • I liked touring UC Berkeley and the free time to explore the surrounding town. It really gave me a feel of what it would be like to be a student here.

    Avani P.

  • My son who's a rising junior did the Medicine & Healthcare program at UC Berkeley. It was truly a top-notch experience for him.

    Amy F.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the San Diego area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that San Diego has to offer.

In addition to our academic morning courses, students spend the afternoon either in electives (i.e. Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Athletics, College Prep and Photography) or doing our True You program which explores elements of one's real self including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.



Are you interested in medicine, science, and technology? Is you goal to create a life-saving drug? This is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain real exposure and work in a biotechnology lab utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

The goal of this program is to provide students intensive laboratory skills experience, and to understand fundamental chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology, and classical and molecular genetics with an emphasis on gene expression and genetic engineering.

Excursions in  San Diego – Students do their daily class directly inside a biotechnology lab. This past summer students toured JLabs and other incubators in San Diego, as well as met with scientists from Sazid Hussain, Chief Scientific Officer of Aivo Code, a biotech company working on therapies for traumatic brain injuries..

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Business & Entrepreneurship

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Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Excursions in  San Diego – Students will have an opportunity to visit local businesses and start ups to learn first hand from local entrepreneurs.

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Drone Cinematography

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Drones are being sold in record numbers and taking to the skies. The FAA estimates that there would be more than 2 million drones registered by the end of 2019 in the US.

But did you know that since 2020, everyone must be certified as an amateur or professional to legally fly a drone? Students with a passion for STEM and media, should sign up for the Summer Springboard drone cinematography course for teens and ultimately receive their drone amateur pilot’s license and proper certification so that they can fly safely and legally.

Excursions in San Diego – students will visit a local drone delivery testing facility or drone research center.

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Fundamentals of Engineering

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Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Excursions in San Diego – Students will visit an engineering firm that creates devices to help people with disabilities. This is a unique opportunity to meet firsthand with engineers and architects to learn how complex structures are designed given the constraints of the project.


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Emergency Medicine

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Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Excursions in San Diego – Students will visit Mercy Air, a company that provides rapid transport by helicopter of critically ill and injured patients. In addition, they will get behind-the-scenes access to a hospital ward room, emergency or intensive care unit room, operating room, or procedural training room at the UCSD Simulation Center.

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Environmental Studies

Interested in a “Green Career”? Our program in Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary look at issues pertaining to ecology and sustainability, without focusing on the scientific side. The focus is on the impact of humans on environmental issues and encourages students to gain a broader understanding of how the multitude of issues that affect our environment. Students will have the opportunity to explore San Diego’s diverse coastal ecosystems. The course will show various career paths, from environmental science to ecological agriculture, giving students a better understanding of where a green career can lead.


Excursions in San Diego – Students will visit an ecological institute such as the Nature Collective or Scripps Institute for a hands-on experience to better understand the impacts of climate change.

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Psychology & Neuroscience

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Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience. 

Excursions in San Diego – Students will visit local medical and research facilities in San Diego.

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Activities & Trips

Soak up the sunshine of Southern California with numerous outdoor activities. There’s a reason San Diego is called “America's Finest City!”! Highlights include a tour of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and more.

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La Jolla, California

72° and sunny almost all year round, you'll definitely want to spend your summer at UC San Diego! Minutes from campus is the world-class La Jolla Shores, a mile-long crescent of prime sand beach favored by active beachgoers of all interests.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park is San Diego’s beachfront amusement park and boardwalk offering something for everyone since 1925. You'll have a blast whether it’s filled with adventure-packed activities on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or laid-back beachfront eating with friends.

Balboa Park

Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 16 museums, lovely gardens, trails, and other recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 acres, there is something for everyone.

Track-Specific Excursions

Each academic program may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Excursions may include: NovoMedix Biotechnology Laboratory, San Diego City College Planetarium, UCSD SIM Center, San Diego Central Courthouse, and more.

Student Life

Your home with Summer Springboard in at UC San Diego will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.

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Just like a college student, Summer Springboard students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at San Diego. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Berkeley summer program for high school students.


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Most meals on campus will be at the local dining hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program