International Institutes — Dates & Schedule

Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes offers an exciting opportunity for schools and organizations from around the world to bring academically talented high-school students to Stanford University’s campus for a two-week introduction to American college life.
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Dates & Requirements

Prospective participants do not apply directly to Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes. They must apply through a collaborating international educational organization.

Each organization’s application process differs, and some organizations do not accept outside applications. If you do not see a collaborator listed in your country or region, we encourage you to speak with your school’s principal about our International Institutes program and ask them to contact us for a possible collaboration. We are always excited by the prospect of collaborating with organizations in new locations.

Program Dates

Session 1: June 24–July 6, 2019

Session 2: July 9–21, 2019

Session 3: July 24–August 2, 2019*

Session 4: August 6–18, 2019

*Session 3 includes weekend classes to accommodate a condensed nine-day schedule.


 

Student Eligibility

Participants are selected for their academic talent and are generally in the top 20% of their class. They must be sufficiently proficient in English, as all instruction is in English. The target age range is 14–17. Students should have completed the equivalent of grade 8 in the U.S. system.


 

Chaperones

Collaborating organizations are required to send one chaperone for every 15–20 students. Chaperones typically are teachers from the school.

How to Apply

Interested in attending International Institutes? Rather than applying to the program through Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, prospective participants must apply to the program through one of our collaborating international educational organization.

Each organization’s application process differs, and some organizations do not accept outside applications, but the best way to start the process is by locating a collaborator in your country.

Sample Schedule

Get a sense for how participants spend their time during our two-week International Institutes program at Stanford University.

View or Download Schedule

Download a high-level schedule here, or for a more detailed look, view the interactive schedule below.

Example Arrival

Arrival at SFO

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When your group arrives at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Stanford Pre-Colleigate Studies staff will be waiting for you.  Buses will be provided to take you and your group from SFO to Stanford's campus.

Alternatively, if your group has chosen to arrive early and stay in a hotel near campus, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff can pick you up from your hotel.

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM - Campus Tour or Activity

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Participants who have not yet attended the campus tour (depending on flight arrival times), will have the opportunity to do the self-guided campus tour with staff and chaperones.  Participants who have already done the campus tour will have the opportunity to participate in an activity period designed to help them get to know participants from other countries in a more casual sporting or board game type setting.

Welcome Dinner

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The welcome dinner is the beginning of the true program on campus.  Staff and chaperones introduce themselves and participants feast together.

House Orientation

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The house orientation is where rules are revisited and participants develop an understanding of guidelines for the next two weeks.  There are some activities for relationship building and some prep is done to prepare participants for the next day's activities.

Example Field Trip Day

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM - Breakfast

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Participants dine in the dining halls used by Stanford undergraduates during the academic year.  The dining hall is all you can eat and can conform to eating restrictions, such as halal or other allergies.

San Francisco Tour

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Participants will learn more about the Silicon Valley Bay Area through a field trip to San Francisco.  Participants see the iconic Golden Gate bridge and explore the Pier area. Other activities dependent upon time, include a trip to the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park and more.  During the trip, participants are provided boxed lunches and time permitting eat these as a picnic in Golden Gate park, otherwise, they are able to eat them on the bus.  The San Francisco trip is frequently rated as a top activity by participants due to the opportunities to explore the city and learn more about the Silicon Valley Bay Area.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Dinner

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Most days, participants dine in the dining halls used by Stanford undergraduates during the academic year.  The dining hall is all you can eat and can conform to eating restrictions, such as halal or allergies.

Some days, participants may be served boxed dinners, depending on the hours of the field trip.  Boxed dinners are able to conform to eating restrictions, such as halal or allergies.

Fire Pit Night

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Fire pit night is an outdoor activity where participants are able to see more of Stanford’s campus, by walking around the dry Lake Lagunita.  Participants go to the fire pit area, staff builds a fire, and participants are able to learn about making s’mores. S’mores are a traditional nighttime campfire treat that are popular in the United States and Canada.  Participants roast their own marshmallows and build friendships while also connecting with the staff.

9:30 PM to 10:00 PM - House Meeting

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The house meetings are an opportunity for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff to check-in with participants. Our staff will go over the schedule for the next day's events and provide an opportunity for participants to ask any questions. 

Participants may need to do some preparatory work during this time as well.  For example, the night before the College Panel, our staff will gather participant questions for the panel.

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