Other Summer Opportunities

Summer Session Sponsored Programs

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA)

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA)

The Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA) is an exclusive opportunity for 80 students to see, touch, taste, hear and feel the culture of Silicon Valley–a hands-on startup experience that takes you through the process from napkin to prototype.

SVIA gives you the opportunity to spend 7 weeks learning from expert coaches and mentors throughout Silicon Valley. Stanford Summer Session supports your journey with access to leaders of innovation and ideation through panels, site visits and coaching sessions. Top student teams will have the chance to present ideas to successful entrepreneurs at Stanford Sharks, an event modeled after the popular Shark Tank show. For more information, visit the SVIA webpage.

Stanford 2 to 4 Veteran Accelerator

The Stanford 2 to 4 Veteran Accelerator is an eight-week program designed for military Veterans in their first two years of study who are headed towards a four-year degree or beyond. The program provides a scholarship that allows students to take two courses at Stanford while living on campus as full participants of an active learning community. The Veteran Accelerator partners with Veterans to build on their significant experience and further develop important academic and personal skills needed to thrive at a four-year institution. For more information, visit the Stanford 2 to 4 Veteran Accelerator webpage.


Other Special Programs

The following special programs are affiliated with Stanford Summer Session, but may be sponsored by another group or department on campus. Information about each opportunity is listed below, including any specific admission requirements and contact information to learn more.

Chinese Summer Language Program: Stanford-Peking University

The Stanford-Peking University Chinese Summer Language program is an intensive eight-week language program at Stanford-Peking University Center in Beijing, China. Intensive Chinese is offered at the first-, second-, and third-year levels. A course is equivalent to one academic year of Chinese language study. Classes are structured to maximize language acquisition with four hours of instruction, Monday through Friday. To apply, students must submit a Stanford-Peking University program application, a letter of recommendation, an academic transcript, and a personal statement to the Stanford Language Center.

The Chinese Summer Language program in Beijing is cancelled for Summer 2017.

Hopkins Marine Station Program

Hopkins Marine Station Program

The Hopkins Marine Station program offers a five-week Kelp Forest Communities course during Summer Quarter. This class is open to students in any major, and is an immersion course in kelp forest ecology and conservation, involving daily scuba dives along with lectures and labs. Students must be at least Advanced scuba certified, and must provide scuba equipment. Students live in Pacific Grove, California. To apply, a Hopkins Marine Station application must be submitted by April 15, 2017. Visit the Hopkins website or email Judy Thompson for more information.

English for Foreign Students Program (EFS)

English for Foreign Students

The English for Foreign Students (EFS) program in the Stanford Language Center provides courses to international students in English as a second language (ESL). From the beginning of July to the middle of August, EFS offers a six-week Intensive English and Academic Orientation program for new international graduate students and visiting scholars, in addition to a variety of ESL courses for continuing Stanford graduate students. Students interested in the intensive courses for graduate students and visiting scholars should apply directly to the EFS program. There are also a few eight-week EFS courses available for international students admitted to Stanford Summer Session. For further information about any of these courses, please visit the EFS website or email Tracey Riesen.

Intensive Language Study Program

The American Language and Culture (ALC) program combines daily morning English language classes with educational field trips, lectures and panel discussions aimed at exploring contemporary American culture. A major focus for this program is the language and culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

This four-week program is jointly offered by the English for Foreign Students (EFS) program in the Stanford Language Center and VIA, a nonprofit organization based at Stanford that has promoted US-Asia international education and exchange since 1963. To be eligible, a student must be currently attending or recently graduated from a university in Asia. Students must submit an application and complete a one-on-one interview (in person or over the phone) in order to be eligible to the program. For further information, visit the ALC website or email Christy Inhulsen.