UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the EUR High School Immersion Program has been rescheduled for Jan 31 – Feb 13, 2021


Experience University Research (EUR) for High School Students is an academically challenging and culturally immersive program designed to help highly motivated students take advantage of a Top 10 university campus, building practical skills and gaining invaluable experience as they prepare to apply to college. This EUR Package is ideal for international high school students over the age of 15 with high English proficiency. An F-1 visa is recommended, but part time options are available for students traveling on the ESTA waiver.


  • Enhance your resume or university applications by taking university elective courses taught by UCI faculty and field experts—with no risk or affected GPAs!
  • Get involved in hands-on learning in some of UCI’s strongest fields of study: social ecology, engineering, business management and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop academic research, writing, and presentation skills in English
  • Partner with native English-speaking UCI students to complete assignments and learn about campus life.
  • Explore Southern California with university staff
  • Enjoy UCI recreational and dining facilities (includes convenient campus meal plan)
  • Earn a UCI Certificate of Participation


  • Available to high school student groups (minimum age: 15 years old)
  • Recommended English proficiency: TOEFL iBT 60 or equivalent


Read the biographies of the instructors you will be learning from here.

Core Courses (required)

Academic Presentation SkillsExpand
1 unit.

The goal of this course is to prepare advanced level students for the university setting, particularly in relation to their chosen fields of study. In this course, students will review academic vocabulary, practice effective note-taking strategies, and focus on speaking and presenting their ideas clearly. Listening passages will include academic lectures, authentic English-language reports and documentaries.  Examples of learning activities in this course include class discussions, individual and group presentations, listening logs, listening quizzes, and leading discussion groups.

Instructor: Emily Ellis, M.A.

Schedule: M-F, times vary

Research MethodologyExpand
1 unit.

The goal of this course is to prepare advanced level students for academic writing at the university level, particularly in relation to their chosen fields of study. Academic writing focuses on the academic essay, with special emphasis on support (summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and documenting sources, format). An on-going focus is on skills required for a 3-5 page research paper with appropriate citations and formal bibliography adhering to APA format.

Instructor: Rachel Fernandez, M.A.

Schedule: M-F, times vary

Elective Courses (choice of one)

Environmental Policy & TechnologyExpand
1 unit.

The goal of this course is to explore science-driven solutions to major global challenges. Students will begin to investigate such topics as why access to clean water is so difficult both globally and locally, what can be done about it, and how to transcend the negative impacts of a changing environment. In doing so, students will learn from real-life examples and be given the opportunity to apply creative thinking to shed new light in how to address environmental challenges.

Instructor: John Whiteley, Ed.D

Schedule: TBD

Prerequisites: none

Materials Fee: $100

1 unit.

The goal of this course is to teach students to use Raspberry Pi single-board computers in order to design and develop fun and practical IoT devices while learning programming and computer hardware. In addition, students will learn how to set up the Raspberry Pi environment and how to use Python-based IDE (integrated development environments) for the Raspberry Pi. In this course, students will use a kit to create an IoT device and build and test a system using a Raspberry Pi.

Instructor: Saleem M. Yamani, M.S.

Schedule: TBD

Prerequisites: none

Materials Fee: $150

1 unit.

The course will provide an overview of the basic knowledge necessary to initiate, plan and execute a research-based project. Classes are interactive and involve the participants in creating the necessary actions and documentation to plan and act on a multi-functional research and development type project. Learning objectives are to learn the standard and universal concepts regarding planning and execution of R and D type projects and to practice and develop the necessary information and put them into the standard project documentation.

Instructor: Martin Wartenberg, M.S., MBA

Prerequisites: none

Schedule: TBD

Materials Fee: $0

Overview of EsportsExpand
1 unit.

Esports is an emerging as a global industry. Students will learn the history of Esports and gain vantage points from developers, athletes, fans, sponsors and media. The course will also introduce the roles and influences that game developers have in the industry, and students will get a glimpse into the structures of an organization and how it builds a brand. Students will also be informed of the jobs available in Esports and where to get started in order to be involved.

Instructor: Jonathan Pan

Schedule: TBD

Prerequisites: TBD

Materials Fee: $0

Conversation & CultureExpand
1 unit.

Perfect for students who need additional English language practice, this course will focus on the development of verbal communication, listening skills, and strategies that will improve the quality of the students’ English speaking and conversation in a fun and interactive atmosphere. Course content is designed to give students cultural background knowledge that may be incorporated into language and culture lessons as well as new perspectives on approaching universal classroom problems. Students will create a project or presentation to demonstrate their learning.

Students accepted with a minimum score of 40 on the TOEFL iBT and 400 on the TOEIC

Instructor: Meg Parker, M.A.

Schedule: TBD

Prerequisites: None

Materials Fee: $0

Included with Program Fee

  • 30+ Hours of Academic Instruction (includes one elective course)
  • 15+ Hours of Academic-Related Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Health Insurance
  • UC Admissions and Majors Presentations
  • Campus and Lab Tours
  • Conversation Partners
  • Welcome and Farewell Lunches
  • Grade Reports and UCI Certificates of Participation
  • Official transcripts

Included with Activity Package Fee

  • Universal Studios or Disneyland
  • Los Angeles/Shopping Tour
  • Beach Trip
  • Social and Sport Mixers

**Some Electives may require an additional materials fee.

All fees are due 30 days prior to program start date.     

Course schedules, instructors, and availability subject to change.

Refund/Cancellation policy available here.

Ready to experience?

Contact us for further information or to begin shaping your program.




Arrival DateJan 31, 2021
Dates of InstructionFeb 1-12, 2021
Departure DateFeb 13, 2021


Application Fee $200
Program Fee$3,500 (includes activities)
Students with ESTAPart-time options available for students traveling on the ESTA waiver program. Please email us for more information.

Housing Options

Please contact us for housing options.


Domestic students who are interested in enrolling in courses only without housing and activities may view those program details here.