Academic Connections

UC San Diego Academic Connections is committed to providing a pre-college summer online experience that is academically enriching to a diverse population of high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego – a top five, internationally ranked public institution. The program aims to help young people engage with the future by exposing them to some of the most exciting fields of research and study. Participants will work with committed and enthusiastic instructors to examine the world around them as inquisitive academic scholars.

Academic Connections courses are selected to represent some of the most exciting fields of research UC San Diego has to offer in the physical and social sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities. All courses are challenging and place emphasis on active learning and putting knowledge to use in independent and creative ways. 

Experience has proven the most productive classrooms are characterized by:

  • Selecting motivated students
  • Encouraging active student participation
  • Setting high expectations for student performance
  • Ensuring low student/instructor ratios
  • Hiring faculty who are well versed in their fields
  • Allowing flexible instruction

Students are encouraged to carefully review the complete course description section prior to selecting the course they will study for the four-week session. Some courses have prerequisites. It is the student's responsibility to meet the prerequisite requirement.

Each student that completes the program will be given a Certificate of Participation and can earn six units of UC San Diego Extension credit. 

Availability description

Four-week online program at UC San Diego.

Age/Grade Level
Grades 9-12
Cost Range
Greater than $200
Time of Day
All Day
Opportunity type
Out-of-school Programs
Area of Interest
Biology / LifeSciences
General Science
Financial Support or Scholarship Available?
NGSS Aligned?
Location Address:
9500 Gilman Dr., San Diego, California, 92093
Contact Name:
Maysoon Dong

Academic Connections

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