About Our Courses
As Stanford's fourth academic quarter, all Summer Session courses carry Stanford University credit. Choose from courses offered in more than 30 departments, from foundational core courses to offerings that are unique to Stanford. Try something new with the confidence that comes with knowing our Academic Support team will be with you every step of the way.
During the Summer Quarter, the typical 10-week term is condensed to 8 weeks and course load requirements increase proportionally. Every unit for which credit is given represents approximately three hours of work each week for the average student, but workload for each individual will be affected by their specific course selection and circumstances. Our advising team will be available to help you learn more about the estimated workload for your preferred courses, including discussing any prerequisites. For more on units, course loads, course schedules, grading, and transferring credits, please see our Unit and Course Load page.
How It Works
- APPLY to attend our eight-week program.
- RECEIVE and accept your admission.
- REGISTER for courses when enrollment opens in April.
- ATTEND as a Residential or Commuter student.
Browse our full list of courses for this past summer to get a taste of what we'll offer in 2024. Popular 2023 courses included Introduction to Biotechnology: Detecting and Treating Disease, Solving Social Problems with Data, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Programming Methodology.
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