Accepted Students Information

Please read this document carefully. It contains important information regarding your participation in Google Summer of Code.

What do I do first?

Community bonding

The first month of GSoC is the Community Bonding period. We hope that you're already interacting with your organization, but now is the time to go deeper. This phase is intended to help you get ready to contribute to your mentoring organization full time in late May. Talk to your Mentor now to understand what they expect from you over the next few weeks during Community Bonding, and throughout the program.

Community Bonding activities may involve:

  • Becoming familiar with the community practices and processes. (This should involves a mix of observation and participation.)
  • Participating on Mailing Lists / IRC / etc. (Not just lurking.)
  • Setting up your development environment.
  • Small (or large) patches/bug fixes. (These do not need to be directly related to your GSoC project.)
  • Participating in code reviews for others. (Even someone who isn't familiar with the project can contribute by pointing out potential inefficiencies, bad error handling, etc.)
  • Working with your Mentor and other org members on refining your project plan. This might include finalizing deadlines and milestones, adding more detail, figuring out potential issues, etc.
  • If you are already familiar with the organization, you could be helping others get involved in the community.
  • Reading (and updating!) documentation you will need to understand to complete your project.
  • Reporting or replicating bugs.

Be sure to read the roles and responsibilities page so you know what is expected of you but also what to expect from your Mentor this summer.

Update your Project Abstract and Title

You are encouraged to update your project abstract and title (if necessary). This is what the world sees on the GSoC site. The abstract should be a few sentences containing a brief overview of your project. This is what you will refer people to when you link to your project - you’ll want it to look good.

Update your Display Name

The display name you chose is what the world will see. If you wish to reference your work later you may prefer to use your real name (not a nickname). You can update your display name by going to your profile and editing the field until June 29th.


You will receive an email by May 15th with information regarding your stipend amount.

For more information on your stipend, please visit the Student Stipends page.


IMPORTANT Do not create a Payoneer account on your own. You MUST wait until you receive an email from us with a specific link that is unique to you with instructions on how to register for your account. You must use the link in that email to register for your GSoC account as it is associated with your GSoC enrollment. You will receive this email from by May 15th with instructions.

Stipend payments are processed through Payoneer. Do not go to the Payoneer site directly and register. If you do not use the provided link from us, you will not be paid.

For more details on Payoneer and the payment process read Payoneer / Student Payment Information.

Tax Forms

Read about required tax forms on the tax form page.

CPT Letters

Google can not provide you with any kind of CPT or OPT authorization. Read CPT letter for more information.

GSoC Student Video

If you haven’t seen the short video we created, check it out for some helpful tips for the summer!

Important Dates

When What
May 6 - May 27 Community Bonding Period
June 13 Deadline to register with Payoneer and submit your tax form
June 24 - 28 First evaluation period
June 30 Students who pass first evaluation receive first payment (30%)
July 22 - 26 Second evaluation period
July 29 Students who pass second evaluation receive second payment (30%)
August 19 - 26 Students submit their code, write final report, and submit a final evaluation of their mentor
September 6 Students who pass final evaluation receive final payment (40%)
Mid October Packages with t-shirts are shipped to students who pass the program


Around September 5, emails will be sent to students who successfully pass their final evaluation requesting shipping details and tshirt style and size. Students will have until September 15 to submit their details to request their packages. Packages(t-shirts) will be shipped out to students in October with most shipments arriving to students by October 30th.

GSoC Student Mailing List

If you would like to be included on the GSoC Students Mailing List (an invitation only list of current and past GSoC students) be sure to update your profile to "Subscribe" to the Students list. We encourage you to join this list as you can talk to other students across the program and can get guidance on any questions you may have during GSoC. You can remove yourself from the group at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the footer of every email. Never send personal information (phone number, address, government identification numbers, etc.) to a group mailing list.

Remember the list has thousands of students on it so do not send questions that should be sent to Google Program Administrators about things specific to your situation.