Eligibility Requirements


Academic Eligibility

Our typical student is a rising junior (~35%) or senior (~65%) in high school. Talented 9th graders (rising sophomores) may be considered, however, priority will be given to older students. Graduated seniors are also eligible.

Because the Engineering Innovation course is college level course, for a student to be eligible to apply, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes
  • Successfully completed Algebra II
  • Successfully completed a lab science course (Chemistry and/or Physics).  Many students feel that knowledge of physics is particularly helpful for the course.
  • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles.  If you learned to use the trigonometric functions in a course other than one called Trigonometry, you will select “Yes, as part of another course” and enter the course name when asked if you have taken Trigonometry on the online application.


Age Requirements for Residential Programs

We offer residential opportunities at our Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore and Hood College.  Residential students must be 15 by June 23, 2019, and no older than 17 on July 20, 2019;  no exceptions can be made.


Insurance Requirements

All students must have valid health insurance coverage in the United States and must be able to provide proof of insurance upon acceptance into the program.


International Students


TOEFL or IELTS are recommended for applicants whose primary language is not English or students who have not attended an English language school for the last three years.

Though not required, applicants who score below 690 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section of the new SAT or below 30 or more on both the ACT Reading and English sections are encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, as it will often present them in the best light for their language preparation. 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).


Transcripts from international schools should be officially translated into English.



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 with 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. 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.




All international students must have health insurance that is valid in the United States and be able to provide proof of this insurance upon acceptance into the program.  Please note that you must provide a copy of your insurance information in English.

Here is a list of potential insurance providers.



All International Students must have a cellular phone that functions in the United States at the start of the program.

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