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 Applications for Summer 2019 will open on December 10th, 2018. 

Phone: (858) 534-0804
Fax: (858) 534-7385

Step One: Create a Student Account

Please take a moment to create an account in the student's name if you have not previously done so. Proceed to Step Two if you have created an account previously.

Please watch this video if you need help in creating a student account.

Step Two: Pay The Application Fee

Select the program of your choice from the linked options below.

  • Academic Connections - Research Scholars (Application Closed)
  • Academic Connections - San Diego (Application Closed)

Out of state Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability (GELS) programs:

  • Arizona - Biosphere2 (Application Closed)
  • Hawai'i - Big Island (Application Closed)
  • Washington D.C. (Application Close)
  • Catalina Island (Application Closed)

You will be directed to the UC San Diego Extension payment gateway to pay the $100 non-refundable application fee. The application fee is $100 for every program you choose to apply to. 

Please watch this video if you need additional help with paying the application fee and filling out the application.


Step Three: Fill Out and Submit your Application

After payment, you will reach a confirmation page with a link to the application. Please click on the application link.

You will need to fill out the application in its entirety.  You will need to download all the forms needed - teacher recommendation, authorization forms and medical form (as appropriate).  You will also need to obtain and upload your latest "unofficial" transcript and your latest head shot photo. Once you have uploaded all of your filled out and signed documents, you can submit your completed application to the program for review.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit it with all of the required documents.

Other Program Information

Tuition and Program Fees for U.S. Citizens

The $100.00 application fee is non-refundable and due when you submit your application. The tuition balance must be paid in full within 30 days of your acceptance to hold your reservation in the program. Payment plans are available, but must be requested when accepted into the program.

Academic Connections Fees (Courses and Research Scholars)

Academic Connections: San Diego

  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • $4,200 (all inclusive) tuition, course materials, housing, all meals, activities, SAT Prep course (transportation to and from UC San Diego is not included)


Program information will be e-mailed to all students accepted to Academic Connections. The student will receive a Student Handbook that should be reviewed with parents and the last page signed and returned to Academic Connections in a timely manner. 

Course Assignments

Courses are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Courses will continue to be assigned until the course is full. Courses are limited to 22 students per section. Students are asked to select three courses and to rank them by preference. If students are not assigned one of the three selected courses, students will be notified and given the option to select another course or receive a full refund. Students accepted into the program will be notified within 5 working days after their complete application packet and application fee has been processed. All correspondence will be sent by email.

Cancellation/Refund Policies

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason prior to April 2, 2018 will receive a $2,100 refund.

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason April 2 - June 15, 2018 will receive $1,200 refund

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after June 15, 2018 will be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program or who leave because of homesickness.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Robin Wittman, Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to UC San Diego Academic Connections.

International Students Tuition and Program Fees (USD)

  • Application fee: $200 (nonrefundable)
  • Tuition: $6,300 (this price includes all tuition and fees, activities, mandatory medical insurance, on-campus housing and meals in dormitories with American students and chaperones on all field trips and in residence with the students at all times)
  • SAT Workshop: $100
Academic Connections Refund Policy

International Student Application

  • Apply through Academic Connections International.
  • American citizens living in foreign countries apply through the application process as listed above and do not need to apply through Academic Connections International. Domestic Applications fees and Domestic tuition rates apply.