Intensive Studies

Stanford Summer Intensive Studies provide students an opportunity to focus their academic interests, coursework, and intellectual pursuits in one of eight academic areas of study. Take advantage of the chance to prepare for graduate school or the job market by exploring areas outside your major and deepening your understanding of important social issues. For many of the areas of study, academic work is enhanced by a speaker series featuring leading scholars in their field.

Areas of Intellectual Pursuit

Choose from eight intensives in each of our two areas of study.

Scientific Foundations

Computer Science
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Global Perspectives

Human Rights
International Management
Service Learning
Technology & Innovation
Environmental & Water Studies

How Do I Apply?

After completing the Summer Session application and being admitted, students will be given the opportunity to sign up for an Intensive Study of their choice. Specific instructions regarding the sign-up process will be emailed to admitted students prior to registering for courses. Students are allowed to sign up for and complete more than one Intensive. It is highly recommended that students interested in participating in an Intensive Study be prepared to register for courses in Axess, beginning Sunday, April 9, 2017.

What are the Requirements to Earn a Certificate of Completion?

NOTE: The Summer Intensive requirements listed below are for the 2016 Stanford Summer Session. Updated Intensive requirements will be available in early 2017.

In order to receive a certificate of completion students must:

  • Pass all required courses with a grade of B or higher. (Courses must be taken for a letter grade when this option is available.)
  • Global Perspectives only: Attend the designated extracurricular activity (speaker, panel, etc.). In some cases, two activities are required.

Students who successfully complete a Summer Intensive will be mailed a Certificate of Completion from the Summer Session Office in October. To view the courses and specific requirements for each Intensive, select a program of study under Scientific Foundations or Global Perspectives.