• Engineering Innovation is an undergraduate introductory engineering course that has been offered at Johns Hopkins University for over 10 years. This course is designed to help students develop the skills to think and problem solve like engineers.
  • The program duration depends on the location and is either 4 or 5 weeks long. Please visit the Locations page for specifics on dates and times for each location.



  • The tuition for this course (in 2020) is  $2,965 plus a $85 non refundable application fee. For international students, there is an additional $200 processing fee upon enrollment. The tuition covers all books and labs.

    Residential locations have an additional Residential Program Fee which covers the cost of room and board plus activities that take place in the evenings and on weekends.

    Please see the Costs page on our website for more details.

  • Thanks to the support of our sponsors, limited need-based financial assistance is available for commuting students. Financial assistance may be in the form of full or partial scholarships.  The application for financial assistance with supporting documents must be submitted with the student application. Only completed applications with supporting documents will be considered.

    We are not able to provide financial assistance to students interested in participating in a residential program.

  • The Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus residential program costs an additional $4,500 (in 2020) which includes room, meals, activities, and field trips. Residential students will have access to the library, athletic center, and rock climbing walls, as well as the student infirmary. Computer labs are available in the residence halls.

    The Engineering Innovation students will be mixed in with the other high schools students participating in Pre-College programs at JHU. Room requests cannot be accepted. Space is limited to 160 residential students on the JHU Homewood campus.

    The Hood College residential program costs an additional $4,200 (in 2020) which includes room, meals, activities, and field trips.

    There is no financial assistance available for the residential program fee. Spaces are reserved by payment in full after acceptance into the program.

  • There may be fees for parking at some commuter locations.  Please see the Location’s specific page for more information.

    At Hood College, the JHU-Homewood campus, and HACC-Harrisburg, there is a commuter lunch fee.

    There is a $200 fee for international students.


Program Details

  • Applications to the Engineering Innovation Summer Program will be completed and submitted online. Click here to apply.

    Applications will be accepted until the location has reached full enrollment. We will post deadlines regularly on the Deadlines page of this website.

    Admission to the Engineering Innovation Summer Program does not automatically entitle students for admission into the undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University.

    Please see the Apply section of our website for more details.

  • Yes! Students are eligible to receive a JHU transcript with 3 college credits if they complete the course with a final grade of an A or a B. Students receiving college credit should contact the JHU Office of the Registrar to request that a transcript be delivered to their home and/or institutions of their choice.

    To be eligible to receive an A or B in the course, students must have attended regularly, completed all labs and assignments, taken the weekly quizzes, and completed the take-home, open book final exam. The overall course grades are calculated using the following weights: 55% on final exam, 30% on weekly quizzes, 15% on homework and lab reports. Students not receiving an A or B in the course will receive a Certificate of Completion, but no college credit or transcript.

  • Only students who have completed the course with an A or B will have a transcript on file with the JHU Registrar’s Office. To request a transcript you will need your name, date of birth, social security number, phone number, and email address. Click here for more information about requesting a transcript.
  • This is primarily a commuter program, but we do offer a residential option at the main Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore and Hood College. Residential students must be 15 by July 5, 2021, and no older than 17 on July 31, 2021.

  • At the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, the residential component is offered in conjunction with the School of Arts and Sciences Pre-College Summer Programs and Summer Discovery. Summer Discovery provides a professional staff of residential supervisors and live-in assistants to supervise the students and provide a full schedule of after-class activities. Transportation will be available from and to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) only.  Students arriving at other airports will need to make their own arrangements for ground transportation.

    At Hood College, the residential component is offered in conjunction with Summer Discovery. Summer Discovery provides a professional staff of residential supervisors and live-in assistant to supervise the students and provide a full schedule of after-class activities.  Transportation will be available from and to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) only.  Students arriving at other airports will need to make their own arrangements for ground transportation.

  • Johns Hopkins University and Summer Discover determine roommates.

    We want students to have many opportunities to foster friendships, develop life skills, and become involved in a variety of activities.  Because of this, roommate assignments are done at random, and special requests will not be honored.

    It is JHU practice to assign students to rooms based on sex.  Should this not meet your needs, please contact the EI Office at 410-516-6224.

    An orientation guide and calendar of events will be available to residential students two weeks prior to the program start date.

  • The Campus Safety and Security Office works in concert with students, faculty, and staff toward ensuring their safety throughout the campus and neighboring communities.

    Campus Safety and Security provides escorts, security patrols, and other crime prevention services. For more information visit the Campus Safety and Security website.

    • 24-hour private security on campus
    • Campus-wide patrols, escort service, emergency phones, and interactive kiosks with instant access to security personnel
    • Residence hall activity monitored around the clock by Resident Assistants


Course Details

  • Yes, students need to have successfully completed Algebra II and Trigonometry, a lab science (Chemistry and/or Physics) and have knowledge of a spreadsheet application, such as Excel. We find motivated students completing their regular school courses with As and Bs to be most successful in this challenging course.
  • We recognize that many schools do not offer a course called Trigonometry. To meet the Trigonometry prerequisite students must be able to use the Trigonometric functions and be comfortable using the law of sines and law of cosines.

    On the online application when asked if you have taken trigonometry, please select “Yes, as part of another course” from the pull-down menu. You will then be required to enter the name of the course where you learned to use trigonometric functions.

  • It is helpful to have PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores when evaluating a student’s application, but they are not required to be considered for the Engineering Innovation program. Please note on the application if the student has not taken any of these tests.
  • All of the instructors receive JHU Faculty appointments to teach EI. They typically have a PhD and teach college-level courses. Local high school teachers,university graduate students, and former EI students also assist with the classes.
  • Class size will typically range from 18-24 students who will work in teams of three.
  • Students are required to attend scheduled classes and labs in order to qualify for college credit. However, should it be necessary for a student to be absent during the course, a written request must be made by his or her parent and/or legal guardian, followed by a discussion with the course instructor, as soon as possible.

    Please note: there is a maximum of 2 excused absences in this course to obtain an A or B. If the request is approved, the instructor will work with the student to develop a plan to help the student complete the missed course work. It will not always be possible to make-up lab activities. It is up to the discretion of the instructor and the Engineering Innovation Director to approve absences.


Registration Details

  • To Apply

    International students must provide their TOEFL scores. The TOEFL requirement is based on the linguistic educational background of applicants, not citizenship. TOEFL is required of all applicants who have not attended an English language school for the last five years and whose primary lanaguage is not English. Applicants who score 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or 30 or more ont he ACT Reading and English sections do not have to submit TOEFL scores. Students who meet these testing requirements are still encouraged to submit TOEFL scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation. Non-native English speakers attending English language school for the last five years are not required to submit a TOEFL score but may do so to supplement their application. IELTS will be accepted from applicants who live in countries where TOEFL is not administered. A score of 7.0 or higher on each band is expected on the IELTS.

    Johns Hopkins prefers a score of 600 on the written test. The preferred sub-scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) are 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22(Writing), and 25 (Speaking).

    To Enroll

    VISAS  International students must obtain an F1 Visa to participate in Engineering Innovation. Once the student is accepted into Engineering Innovation, he/she will need to provide the Office of International Services at Homewood a copy of their passport identification pages and a copy of a bank statement showing sufficient funds to support expenses for the Engineering Innovation program (US$6,900 – estimated). The bank statement should be less than six months old, on bank letterhead, and include the account holder(s) name(s), account number(s), current balance, and date of issue as evidence of financial support for the program.

    Once the Office of International Services at Homewood receives these documents, they will prepare the forms required for the F1 visa application. If you want more information, click here to go to the Office of International Services at Homewood website.

    INSURANCE  Students enrolling at Johns Hopkins University in the summer must have health insurance, issued by a provider headquartered in the United States.  Traveler’s insurance does not meet this requirement.  A parent or guardian may not waive or permit students to attend without health insurance that is U.S. based.  Documentation of health insurance must be provided to the program before enrollment is confirmed.

    International students must also meet this U.S. based health insurance requirement.  For students who cannot document satisfactory coverage, a temporary, summer-only plan is provided by IMGlobal, through the Gateway Patriot Exchange program.  This is a limited, emergency plan, and does not cover pre-existing conditions.

    More information about how to apply for this insurance can be found here.

  • Residential Program Fees, Commuter Lunch Fees, and International Fees are non-refundable.

    Withdrawals received earlier than 3 weeks prior to the start of class will receive a 90% tuition reduction. Withdrawals received within 3 weeks prior to class and up until the Friday of the first week will receive a 50% tuition reduction. No refunds will be issued after the end of the first week of class. Refunds will be calculated based on the date the student’s parent submits a written statement of withdrawal to Engineering Innovation.

    No refund will be granted to students suspended or dismissed for disciplinary reasons. The Engineering Innovation program reserves the right to dismiss a student whose academic standing or general conduct is considered unsatisfactory.

  • Our staff schedules visits to local high schools at the request of teachers to present information about the Engineering Innovation program. If you would like someone to speak at your high school, please contact us at ei@jhu.edu. Presentations can be customized to your request.

    Continue to explore the About EI section of the website.  The Course Materials page contains information about lab activities, student learn sheets, and sample quizzes.

    We thank you for your interest in the Engineering Innovation program and look forward to receiving your application. If we have not answered your question above, please feel free to email us at ei@jhu.edu.


FAQs for Residential and International Students



  • The Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation program takes student safety seriously. Our faculty are all background screened as part of the employment process and we require them to complete child safety training prior to the first day of instruction. We also bring our first-year staff to the Johns Hopkins campus for a week of training on our curriculum where we emphasize the required safety measures for each course activity.

    Students who participate in our residential programs are supported by our residence life contractor, Musiker Discovery Programs. They provide one professional staff member for every 12 students. Their staff are all over the age of 21, and are background and fingerprint screened. Many of their staff are active teachers who choose to work with Muskier Discovery Programs in the summer. These staff live on the same floor as the students they support and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the program. Should a student become ill or injured, a Summer Discovery staff member will accompany the student to the JHU Health Center, an Urgent Care center, or a local emergency room depending upon the time of day and severity of the situation. Both residential programs are located less than a mile from a hospital emergency room. Here is a link to the Safety and Security page on the Musiker Discovery Programs website. https://www.summerdiscovery.com/resources/safety-and-security

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