Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

Dive into Computer Science with CSSI: Online

  • Overview

    Dive into computer science with CSSI: Online

    As a result of COVID-19 all programming has been shifted to online. Given our programs are now virtual, the format looks a bit different but we are still committed to giving our students the best experience possible.

    Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute: Online is a 4-week introduction to computer science for rising college freshmen with a passion for technology - especially students who’ve been historically marginalized from the field.

    CSSI: Online is not your average virtual summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering, and other closely-related subjects. Check out the CSSI: Online and CSSI: Extension tabs for more information.

    Program goals

    • To provide students with an interest in computer science an opportunity to learn what their future career might hold, and inspire them to complete their work towards a technical degree.
    • To help students develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities, and better prepare them to study computer science or closely-related fields.
    • To help participants begin building important personal networks and friendships with a diverse group of students who share their passion for technology and computer science.
    • To give students an inside look at Google's unique environment, community, and culture.
    • To provide exposure and insight into Google’s internship program and technical career opportunities.

    Which CSSI program is right for me?

    We have two programs that help prepare, empower, and support students from all backgrounds to pursue computer science (CS) at a four-year college or university starting in the Fall of 2021:

    CSSI: Online

    Are you considering attending any college or university other than the Extension partner institutions below? Awesome! Head to the “CSSI: Online” tab to learn more.

    CSSI: Extension

    Are you considering one of the schools below as your top two choices? Awesome! Head to the “CSSI: Extension” tab to learn more.

    • California State University, Chico
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • Make School
    • Northeastern Illinois University
    • Queens College, CUNY
    • San Jose State University
  • CSSI: Online

    CSSI: Online Overview

    Computer Science Summer Institute: Online (CSSI)’s mission is to provide a space for young, aspiring computer scientists to succeed by connecting incoming freshmen with like-minded peers and Google engineers in this four-week virtual program. At CSSI: Online, students will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting technologies, and even design and develop their very own application with fellow participants that will be showcased to Googlers.

    Program includes:

    • A specially designed project-based curriculum that includes JavaScript to help prepare students for their first year of college CS.
    • Daily developmental sessions to help you prepare for your CS studies and future job opportunities.
    • Opportunities to interact directly with Google engineers.
    • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities.
    • A curated HBCU experience for CSSI students who plan to attend a Historically Black College or University in Fall 2021.

    Eligibility

    Students must:

    • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2021.
    • Intend to be enrolled at a university in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related area department for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science.
    • Be able to attend every day of CSSI: Online. CSSI: Online requires you to be available to log into a video chat for three hours each day, either in the morning or afternoon. You will be able to select which session you'll participate in for the entire program. Please note that once you make your selection, you will not be able to make any changes.

    We especially encourage applications from students historically marginalized in the engineering and tech industry, including Women, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American+, Veterans, and students with disabilities.

    Application materials

    Please complete the online application, which will include:

    • The general application.
    • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF required).
    • Responses to multiple short answer questions. Each response should be under 200 words (PDF required).
    • Participate in Google’s Online Challenge after the general application closes. You will receive further instructions after the application closes.

    If any items are missing from your application, you will not be considered for the program.

    FAQ

    How do I apply? Applications are now open! Please select the “apply” button on this page to start your application. You will need your unofficial high school transcripts and a PDF of the essay questions to complete the application. The application will close on March 29 at 11:59pm PST.

    Do I need to send an official copy of my transcripts and SAT/ACT scores? Unofficial or official transcripts will be accepted. You do not need to have your current year grades on the transcript, but it must include prior years of high school. We do not require SAT or ACT scores on the application.

    Who is eligible to apply? The program is open to all qualified students who are entering their first year of university study in Fall 2021. We are committed to addressing diversity in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

    What if I’m enrolling in a two-year college or community college in the Fall of 2021? The program is only open to students planning to attend a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2021.

    I will not be a first-year university student in Fall 2021, may I still apply? No. CSSI is only open to qualified students entering their first year of university study in Fall 2021. Younger students may visit our Google for Education site to explore our K-12 opportunities. Current university students may visit our technical opportunities pages for full-time and internship opportunities.

    What if I am taking a gap year? Am I still eligible for the program? Students who are currently on a gap year and will be attending college in Fall 2021 are eligible to apply to the program. If you are going to take a gap year for the 2021-2022 school year, please wait to apply the following year.

    Are international students eligible? International students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at a university in the US or Canada in Fall 2021 and will be physically in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the program.

    Is there an age requirement for CSSI: Online? No, there is currently not an age requirement to attend CSSI: Online. Please note if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign all forms on your behalf.

    When will I be notified if I'm accepted? Applicants who are accepted will be notified in late April.

    What level of computer science experience is required? We look for students who demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm for computer science, We accept and encourage applications from students of all technical levels for CSSI as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements. We have a curriculum that is catered to students who have no programming experience to students who have been coding.

    I live in a U.S. territory/I will be attending school in a US territory, am I eligible? If you will be attending school in a US territory in Fall 2021 and will be physically in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the time of the program you will be eligible to apply.

    What will Google pay for? Students will receive a stipend to cover any needs they have for the duration of the program. Participation in the program is completely free.

    How much will the stipend be? This information will be shared with the participants, but will be sufficient to cover material needs you have during the program

    What if I have a conflict that requires me to miss part of CSSI: Online? All students selected for CSSI: Online must be able to attend every day of the program. We are unable to make any exceptions. Please make every effort to be available each day (for example, working with your university to attend an orientation session that fits with your schedule). If a schedule conflict arises, notify the CSSI: Online team immediately, so they’ll be able to find another student to attend the program in your place.

    What if I want to withdraw my application? We are sorry you want to withdraw your application for CSSI: Online! Please send a note to cssi@google.com and your application will be deleted from our system, along with your opted-in information, within two days (48 hours) of receipt of your note.

    What is Google’s Online Challenge? CSSI: Online has different curriculum options based on what would be the right fit for you. Once accepted, you will participate in Google’s Online Challenge to help us understand how to support you during CSSI: Online. More information will be sent to those who are accepted into the program.

    If you have questions that aren't answered in our FAQ, please email cssi@google.com. We’re happy to address any questions directly related to the CSSI: Online Program, but are unable to respond to other inquiries. We will not respond to spam, barraging messages, or messages that are primarily inflammatory or exploitative in nature.

  • CSSI: Extension

    CSSI: Extension overview

    The Computer Science Summer Institute Extension (CSSI: Extension) is a partnership between your school and Google to customize CSSI: Online for your virtual college campus. Through CSSI: Extension, you’ll learn the fundamentals of computer science directly from CS faculty at your school and Google engineers with other students studying computer science (CS) at your school. In this four-week virtual program, students will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting technologies, and even design and develop their very own application with fellow participants that will be showcased to Googlers.

    Partner Schools

    Program Includes:

    • A project-based curriculum that includes JavaScript specifically designed to help prepare students for their first year of college CS coursework.
    • Daily developmental sessions to help you prepare for your CS studies and future job opportunities.
    • Opportunities to interact directly with Google engineers.
    • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities.

    Eligibility

    • Considering one of the above schools as your top college choice. You will submit an application directly to your school. Please reach out to the email addresses above for more information about your institution’s program and application.
    • Intend to be enrolled as a first-year, full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2021.
    • Be physically in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the program.
    • Intend to be enrolled at a university in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related department for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Be able to demonstrate an interest in studying computer science.
    • Be able to attend every day of CSSI: Extension.

    The program is open to qualified students who meet the above criteria. At Google, we believe a diversity of attributes, experiences, and perspectives are needed to build for everyone. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a career in technology, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or military service.

    Dates: July 12 - Aug 6

    FAQs

    What’s the design of the program? CSSI: Extension is a four week program hosted virtually by your school’s faculty.

    What level of computer science experience is required? As long as you demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm for computer science, no technical background is necessary. We accept and encourage applications from students of all technical levels for CSSI as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements.

    Are international students eligible? International students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at a CSSI: Extension partner school in Fall 2021 and will reside in the US, Mexico, or Canada for the duration of CSSI: Extension.

    How do I apply? Click on the name of the school above you are planning to attend and you will be directed to the program manager for your school.

    If your school isn't listed (and you're interested in bringing CSSI: Extension to your school), refer your CS department to g.co/CSSIExtension.

    If you have questions that aren't answered in our FAQ, please email cssi-extension@google.com. We’re happy to address any questions directly related to the CSSI: Extension Program, but are unable to respond to other inquiries. We will not respond to spam, barraging messages, or messages that are primarily inflammatory or exploitative in nature.