Summer Springboard program for high school students on the campus of UCLA

Campus Overview

Did you know that the U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California, Los Angeles 1st among public universities and 20th overall among national universities? Its premiere location and elite academic status creates a fun and supportive environment for Summer Springboard students to learn and grow.

Students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors, and professional experts. Experience Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, as well as educational field trips to organizations working in your academic field.

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Residential Price: $4,998*

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398*

Commuter Price: $2,798*


June 27, 2021 July 9, 2021

July 11, 2021 July 23, 2021


Los Angeles, CA


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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles has to offer.

Biology & Medicine


This biology and medicine summer program for teens is an exploration of human physiology and disease, including medical terminology and activity-centered learning about the structure and function of major organ systems. We’ll look at how different organ systems communicate and depend on one another. Classes will highlight key Nobel Prize winners and include a ‘Spotlight on Medicine’, where we will investigate the cause of a disease, diagnostic tests and the mechanism of action of common to cutting-edge medicines. There will also be a field trip and a guest speaker to add on meaning and relevance to the course. Class activities include research projects, experiments and observations using the scientific method, presentation skills development, videos and readings.

Excursions in Los Angeles – Students visit a local hospital and hear directly from medical experts at UCLA Health about various healthcare professions. The guest speaker is a Perfusionist, a healthcare professional who operates the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during cardiac surgery.

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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 Los Angeles – Visit multiple companies and meet with a range of business people, from small business owners and mid-level managers to high-ranking executives.

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Computer Science

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Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? 

The advent of smart infrastructures, wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled platforms through which large volumes of data can be easily captured and transferred over networks with no or minimum interaction from humans. As data scientists and engineers we need to be able to tweak data to be amenable to various techniques and sciences such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc. In this course, we will try to learn basic ideas behind data science, machine learning, statistics and AI. We will work on methods and techniques that are essential in most data driven projects.

Excursions in Los Angeles – include startups and other technology companies in Los Angeles.

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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 Los Angeles – Students will get the unique opportunity to hop on board and learn how things really operate in the back of an ambulance. 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 a state-of-the-art simulation center in Los Angeles.

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This course focuses on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enables students to direct their own projects. Whether you have little experience, or are a Steven Spielberg in the making, gain experience in the entertainment capital of the world. Over the course of this two week program, students spend 3 hours each morning doing in-class instruction, and the afternoons doing on-set production, so as to convert theory from the morning into practice and real experience. On the last day, students will get the opportunity to present their short film (5-15 minutes).

Excursions in Los Angeles – may include a visit to Warner Brothers studio or another film studio, production facility or a motion picture business in LA.

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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 Los Angeles – Students will visit a construction site to meet firsthand with the architects and engineers to learn how the complex structures are designed given the constraints of the project.


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Psychology & Neuroscience

Artificial intelligence, processing neurological data, brain

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 Los Angeles – Students will visit local medical and research facilities in Los Angeles.

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Activities & Trips

The lively city of LA is at your fingertips! Bordered by iconic neighborhoods — Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood — Los Angeles is a crossroads of cultures and experiences. The beach, Six Flags, and Hollywood are a short drive away too!

  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica Pier

Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory

What could be a better place to observe the Hollywood Sign than at the famous Griffith Observatory? Perched atop a high hillside overlooking all of Los Angeles, there are few more spectacular views to be found in the city.

Santa Monica Pier

When one thinks of LA, the beach and Santa Monica pier comes to mind. Santa Monica Pier offers a full service amusement park, combined with plenty of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops, as well as an entertaining arcade with more than 200 games.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family and was voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park.

Track-Specific Excursions

Each academic program may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience.

Student Life

Your home with Summer Springboard @ UCLA will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.

  • Santa Monica Pier at night
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain


Just like a college student at UCLA, 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 UCLA. 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 UCLA 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.

Check out our exciting program in LA

Due to Covid restrictions, UCLA has decided not to host any residential youth programs or programs for minors on campus this summer. Therefore we are not able to stay in the UCLA dormitories, but we are fully committed to delivering a safe and stimulating academic program in Los Angeles.

Lodging: Students will stay in upgraded, luxury student apartments located 25 minutes off campus (private shuttle service will be provided).
Classrooms: All classes still take place on campus at the UCLA Hillel Center.
Activities & Trips: Excursions include the Hollywood Sign & Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, Beverly Hills, as well as field trips related to your academic course.

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