Eligibility Requirements

Participation in the 2017 I-SURF program is by invitation only. Please contact Program Director Said Shokair if you are interested in being invited to particiate.

Highly motivated and high-achieving undergraduate students with a strong drive to pursue research and advanced studies
International students who are not currently pursuing a degree at UC Irvine
Non-graduating undergraduates who have obtained Junior standing (completed the first two years of a related degree program) by the start of the I-SURF program
Proficient in oral and written English

Application Process 

Submit the I-SURF application online. The application guides you through completing a personal profile, uploading a personal statement, selecting and ranking the projects you are most interested in, and registering individuals who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. After submitting your online application, you are required to forward additional documents in support of your application, including transcripts, passport, and evidence of financial resources. Individuals providing letters of recommendation on your behalf have the option of submitting these letters online or by e-mail.  For applicants to be considered for the I-SURF program, each of the required documents must be submitted by the posted deadlines.  Supplemental Documents can be e-mailed to

The faculty mentors will review the applications for the students who expressed an interest in working on their projects. When a student is accepted into the I-SURF program:

We will send the student a printed letter of acceptance and coordinate with the UC Irvine International Center to issue the student a DS-2019 form.
The student must complete an application for a J-1 non-degree student visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate (the application may also be available online) and pay the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor) fee.
The student must complete an interview at their local U.S. embassy or consulate. The DS-2019 form, letter of acceptance, student's passport, and proof of financial resources (more than 50% of the cost of participation must come from non-personal sources) to cover the program costs will be required at the interview; additional documents may be required by the local consulate.
After receiving the visa the student must scan the visa and e-mail the copy to us at At this point, the student's sponsor must also pay the program fee and purchase round-trip airfare. The closest airports are Los Angeles (LAX) and Orange County (SNA).
Application Deadlines and Dates

Please note that there are two key deadlines for you to be aware of. The Application Deadline is the date by which your application and personal statement must be submitted online. The Supplemental Document Deadline is the date by which all supporting documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, passport, and evidence of financial resources) must be received. 

Use the checklist below to ensure you have completed all the necessary requirements by the appropriate deadlines. You may click on each of the requirements for additional tips and guidelines.

Application Deadline: -

Application (to be submitted online)

Personal Statement (to be submitted online)

Supplemental Document Deadline: - 

Two letters of recommendation (recommenders submit online through a unique link sent to them or by e-mail to

Current, official transcript, including grades from prior year's fall term (scan and e-mail to

Official transcripts from any prior colleges or universities (scan and e-mail to

Copy of passport (scan and e-mail to

Evidence of financial resources to cover program fees (scan and e-mail to
Participant Notifications: Notifications will be announced in the latter half of April. 

Application Deadlines:
Application Deadline: TBD

Supplemental Document Deadline:  TBD
I-SURF Application Form
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