Frequently Asked Questions


Is Google Summer of Code (GSoC) a recruiting program?

No. If you are interested in working for Google, please visit the Google jobs website.

Is GSoC considered an internship, a job, or any form of employment?

No. GSoC is an activity that the student performs as an independent developer for which he/she is paid a stipend.

Are mentoring organizations required to use the code produced by students?

No. While we hope that all the code that comes out of this program will find a happy home, we don’t require organizations to use the student's' code.

Where does GSoC occur?

Google Summer of Code occurs entirely online; there is no requirement to travel as part of the program.

What can I do to help spread the word about GSoC?

You can download flyers to post around your campus. You can also tweet about the program, make YouTube videos, or host a meetup or information session in your area.

How do I organize or host a GSoC information session or meetup?

You are welcome to schedule a meetup at whatever time and place is convenient for you! Please review the GSoC Program Rules first and utilize our presentation template and flyers. Send us the details of the meetup (date, location, time etc.) and we will add it to our external calendar.

We'd love to see a blog post (including pictures!) for the Google Open Source Blog after the event happens so we can showcase your efforts.

Can I participate in GSoC as both a mentor and a student?

No. We want to make sure that each project and student receives sufficient attention, and we feel this could create a bad experience for those involved. Please choose whether participation as a mentor or a student is more appealing to you and plan to apply accordingly.

What if I have a question not answered in this FAQ?

Please make sure to read the Student Manual. If after reading through all the documentation you still don't have an answer please consider reaching out to the GSoC community via IRC or the discussion list. Visit the Contact Us page for more detailed information.


I want to learn more about participating as a student in GSoC. Where can I find more information?

In addition to the Student Manual, please see the Resources Page for more information about participating as a student.

When can students apply for GSoC?

Please see the program timeline for more detailed information.

What programming language(s) should I know to participate in GSoC?

The programming language you need to know depends on which organization you are interested in working with. You should be familiar with the programming language(s) used by that organization.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes, each student may submit up to five proposals. However, only one per student may be accepted. No more than one proposal per student will be accepted, no matter how many proposals you submit.

Can students already working on an open source project continue to work on it as part of GSoC?

Yes, but students should be sure to note their previous relationship with the project in their proposals.

Can a group submit a proposal together to work on a single project?

No, only an individual may work on a given project.

Should I send proposals directly to the mentoring organizations?

No, all proposals should be submitted to the program site. Proposals submitted outside of the Google Summer of Code program site will not be considered for Google Summer of Code.

What are the eligibility requirements for participation?

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must currently be a full or part-time student (or have been accepted for the fall term) at an accredited university as of the student acceptance date
  • You must be eligible to work in the country you will reside in during the program
  • You have not already participated as a Student in GSoC more than twice
  • You must reside in a country that is not currently embargoed by the United States. See Program Rules for more information.

What forms will I need to provide?

All applicants will need to provide proof of enrollment to an accredited educational institution.

Accepted participants will need to provide appropriate tax forms.

I am an accepted student in the United States on an F1 visa. How do I get authorization to participate?

Please talk to your school's international student affairs office for more details. In the past, students on an F1 visa have participated in GSoC through CPT, but you will need to check with your school to see what will work best.

Students with accepted projects can receive a CPT letter upon request.

How do I know if my school is “accredited”?

You can learn more about accreditation for universities here. Please note that participating in online courses, even if they are with accredited universities, does not alone constitute enrollment. You must be/will be enrolled at the university.

I graduate in the middle of the program. Can I still participate?

Yes, as long as you are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program as of the date accepted students are announced, you are eligible to participate in the program. Students must provide proof of enrollment during the proposal period.

Do I get paid for participating in GSoC?

Yes! Google will provide a total stipend of $5500 to those students who successfully complete the program.

Will I get paid even if the organization does not use my code?

Yes, so long as the student passes his/her evaluation(s). Whether or not the project uses the produced code does not impact the student stipend.

What does a good student proposal look like?

For the most complete information on student proposals, please consult the Student Manual. The best proposals are from students who took the time to interact and discuss their ideas with the organization before submission.

Great proposals include the following: your project proposal, why you'd like to execute on this particular project, and the reason you're the best individual to do so. It should also include details of your academic, industry, and/or open source development experience. An explanation of your development methodology is always a good idea.

How much time does GSoC participation take?

You are expected to spend around 30+ hours a week working on your project during the 3 month coding period. If you already have an internship, another summer job, or plan to be gone on vacation for more than a week during that time, GSoC is not the right program for you this year.

Can I earn course credit for participating in GSoC?

Absolutely. Google can provide documentation to your school so you can obtain course credit once we receive a positive final evaluation from your mentor.

Mentors/Organization Administrators

I want to learn more about participating as a mentor in GSoC. Where can I find more information?

Read the Mentor Manual and the Program Rules for more information on becoming a GSoC mentor.

What are the eligibility requirements for a mentoring organization?

To be eligible to participate as a mentoring organization, you must be a group running an active free/open source software project, e.g. BRL-CAD. The project does not need to be a legally incorporated entity. Mentoring organizations must have already produced and released software under an Open Source Initiative approved license and have at least two contributors to serve as organization administrators and/or mentors for the entire program in order to participate in the program.


How do I remove my information from the Google Summer of Code Archive?

Contact us to have information removed.

Where are the files I uploaded?

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