Stanford requires international students who attend courses during the Summer Session to have a visa appropriate for academic study. For most students, this will be an F-1 Student Visa, although there are additional visa classifications that cover credit based study as well. It is very important that students not attempt to enter the country using a B-1/B-2 Tourist Visa or a WT/WB Waiver if the intention is to enroll in courses for credit. Students should contact the Summer Session Office directly if they have questions about their visa status.
The first step in the process of attending Stanford for the Summer Quarter is to apply to the appropriate Summer program. If offered admission, the next step is to complete an acceptance process. For international students who require a Stanford sponsored I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status), this process includes completing the online Declaration of Finance form and submitting an original Proof of Funding document and photocopy of the identification page(s) of the student's passport. Once all acceptance items have been received, Stanford University will generate the student’s I-20.
Once a student receives their I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status), the following items must be completed, by the student, in order to obtain an F-1 Student Visa:
For assistance with general questions about student visas, students should consult the U.S. Department of State Visas website where they will find helpful information about the F-1 Student Visa, including locations of U.S. Embassies and Consulates, timelines for scheduling interviews, details about visa processing, and more.
Canadian Citizens: Canadian citizens do not need an F-1 Student Visa to enter the United States. Canadian citizens receive their F-1 visa stamp upon entering the country. All visa related documentation, as listed above, will need to be shown to the U.S. Immigration Officer as the student enters the U.S. When Canadian citizens reach the Port of Entry, they should make sure they receive an I-94 arrival/departure record (small card) stamped “F-1 D/S” (D/S – Duration of Status).
Students should not attempt to enter the country using a B-1/B-2 Tourist Visa or a WT/WB Waiver. Stanford Summer Session programs are designated as full-time, and students are required to attend with F-1 Student Visa status. Students should contact the Summer Session Office if they have any questions relating to immigration or visa matters. F-1 students in initial status may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the "report date" listed on the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status). On-campus housing is not available until June 22, 2013.