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.
Late July: July 26–August 7, 2020
Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD
Commuter Tuition: $2,798 USD
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.
Each afternoon we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that San Diego has to offer.
Are you fascinated by the stars? The universe is vast and mysterious and this passion can turn into a lifelong career. This summer program for high school students provides hands-on training in astronomical research, with opportunities to learn from professionals in the fields of astronomy and physics and work with state-of-the-art observational equipment.
Excursions may include optical labs, observatories or a tour of multiple galaxies at San Diego City College Planetarium.
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.
Unlike other courses, the academic portion takes place in the lab of NovoMedix, 15 minutes from campus. NovoMedix has developed novel orally available small molecules with wide therapeutic windows to treat fibrotic disorders. These first-in-class small molecules co-target pathways that provide cardioprotective and synergistic anti-tumor effects with standard-of-care chemotherapies for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer.
Business & Entrepreneurship
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.
Excursion may include a visit to Summer Springboard’s headquarters. As part of Terra Education, Summer Springboard is incorporated as a Benefit Corporation. This means we are part of a movement to harness the power of business to create social good. We are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
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 in 2020, you have to be certified as an amateur or professional to legally fly a drone? If you have a passion for STEM and media, sign up for the Summer Springboard drone cinematography course for teens and ultimately receive proper certification so that you can fly safely and legally.
Finance & Investing
Students will break into teams with each team selecting a promising stock that the team will research throughout the course and ultimately pitch to a group of investors. Faculty will provide hands-on help to students throughout this process. Along the way; students will be introduced to core investment concepts including the characteristics of different asset classes, public vs private equity, the workings of the stock market, company financials, company valuation and portfolio design.
Excursions may include a visit to an investment company in the San Diego area.
Fundamentals of Engineering
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 may include the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, a premier research school set apart by the entrepreneurial culture; education programs that integrate fundamentals with real-world applications; and enthusiastic collaborations across disciplines and industry to solve the toughest problems facing society.
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 may include the UCSD Simulation Center, which occupies over 2,500 square feet divided among 4 simulation rooms that includes a hospital ward room, emergency or intensive care unit room, operating room and procedural training room. Each simulation room can be monitored through one way glass and/or a series of independently controllable cameras that can be streamed to any of our debriefing rooms or recorded for subsequent viewing and analysis.
Psychology & Neuroscience
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 may include visits to local medical and research facilities in San Diego.
This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts.
Excursions may include a visit to the courthouse. The Superior Court in San Diego County is part of the California trial court system, which is the largest of its kind in the world with 58 trial courts throughout the state (one in each county). San Diego is the second largest court system in the state.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Recreational Activity or Academic Excursion
Commuter Students Depart
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Your home with Summer Springboard @ UC San Diego will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.
Just like a college student at UC San Diego, 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.