International Students

Stanford Summer Session has been pleased to welcome students from more than 50 countries from around the world. In order to attend Stanford Summer Session, international students must satisfy additional requirements set by the U.S. government and our program. 

Since Summer Session 2021 will be completely virtual, international students who are admitted to our program will not need to obtain, nor be sponsored, for an F-1 Student Visa prior to participating in courses at Stanford.

Additional International Student Requirements

Please review the following information below regarding international students requirements for:

English Language Proficiency

All courses are taught in English. Students should feel comfortable enough in the language to communicate with their instructors and classmates while studying at Stanford. Language proficiency will be verified in one of three ways:

If you are a native English speaker

Native English speakers are exempt from providing English Language Proficiency exam scores. Native speakers typically learn English as children, speak the language at home, and it is usually the native language in your country of origin (e.g. Australia, Jamaica, United Kingdom). Native speaker exemption requests will be reviewed as part of the application process. The Stanford Summer Session office reserves the right to request additional information and/or require language proficiency exam scores.

If you attend a school where English is the primary language of instruction

Students who have completed a year or more of full-time coursework at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction can qualify for an English language waiver. The year of coursework must be completed by December 31, 2020. Courses must be academic in nature and not courses teaching English as a second language.

Undergraduate and Graduate applicants must have completed the year of coursework at a university or post-secondary institution. Post-secondary education is after grade 12 in the United States or equivalent international grade level.

High School Summer College applicants must have completed the year of coursework at a high school or secondary institution. Secondary education is grades 9 - 12 in the United States or equivalent international grade levels.

English language waiver requests will be reviewed as part of the application process. The Stanford Summer Session office reserves the right to request additional information and/or require language proficiency exam scores.

If you attend an international school where English is not the primary language of instruction:

Stanford Summer Session requires the submission of qualifying TOEFL Exam, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge Assessment English, Duolingo, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), SAT (EBRW) or ACT (English) scores as part of the application process. Exam scores are valid for three years and must be valid as of the application deadline for each program. 

The following score minimums are a strict program requirement. Exam scores below the minimum will not satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. 

Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL)
  • Minimum score of 100 for the iBT TOEFL 
International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic)
  • Minimum overall band score of 7.0
Cambridge Assessment English
  • Minimum score of 180 on the Cambridge English Advanced, CEFR Level C1
Duolingo
  • Minimum score of 120
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)
  • Minimum score of 70
SAT (Evidence Based Reading and Writing)
  • Minimum score of 660
ACT (English)
  • Minimum score of 29

If you have any questions regarding English Language Proficiency requirements, please contact the Summer Session Student Services team

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