Explore Engineering Eligibility & Application Information


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science invites motivated international high school students to Los Angeles, California, to participate in a rigorous pre-engineering and cultural enrichment program at UCLA.

 2017 Explore Engineering Application is Now Open

How to Apply



  1. Be an international student who requires a visa to study in USA. A tourist visa is sufficient
  2. Be a returning international high school student (15-18 years old at time of application)
  3. Demonstrate English proficiency (90 or higher TOEFL score or equivalent)
  4. Excellent performance in math and science
  5. Travel to Los Angeles, CA, USA and attend the full duration of the program

Application Requirements

  1. Complete an online application/ questionnaire (link below).
  2. Write a personal statement about their genuine interest in engineering (in online application).
  3. Upload unofficial high school transcripts.
  4. Upload TOEFL, SAT, ACT, or IELTS score.
  5. Complete a video interview to demonstrate english listening/ speaking abilities.
  6. Mail in an official high school record of grades to William Herrera.

Mail Transcripts to:

Attn: William Herrera, Explore Engineering
UCLA – Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science
6426 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Recommended Math courses include: Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Advance Placement and honors courses are preferred. Recommended Science courses include: Physics and Chemistry. Advance Placement and honors courses are preferred.

The Explore Engineering program is mentored by English speaking UCLA Engineering students. Therefore, ALL international student applicants must demonstrate a fluent mastery of written and oral English. For example, the average TOEFL score of international students admitted to UCLA Engineering undergraduate programs in 2014 was a 110. We highly recommend Explore Engineering students take the TOEFL exam and submit their scores as part of their application.

2017 Online Application is Now Open