International Honors Program (IHP)

International Honors Program

The International Honors Program (IHP) is a collaboration between Stanford Summer Session and specific international teaching and research institutions. All IHP students are endorsed through a selective admissions process, initiated at their home institution.

Program Details

This year, IHP students will come from over 30 different universities in 17 countries around the world. The program combines top-notch academics with IHP exclusive activities that explore the rich cultural, social, and geographical resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. The IHP experience is invaluable, especially for students who choose to pursue graduate or professional training in the United States.

Academic Standards

As a part of IHP, students have the opportunity to academically excel at one of the most competitive universities in the United States. Summer courses feature smaller class sizes, accessible instructors, and a diverse student body. IHP students are required to enroll in at least 8 units and can choose from more than 170 courses offered by 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and SciencesEarth Sciences, and Engineering

IHP students are required to:

  • Enroll in at least 8 units, 7 of which must be from academic departments.
  • Take courses for a Letter Grade, wherever possible.
  • Earn a B or higher in all courses, if a Letter Grade is possible.

Residential Life

Living on campus is a requirement of IHP as it encourages the development of a unique international community. The IHP cohort will reside in a shared residence exclusively for IHP students. You will live in the same residence for the duration of your stay on campus and will enjoy the opportunity to engage in programming designed especially for you.


Program Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be selected by your home institution.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program (June 20, 2020).
  • Have graduated from high school, secondary school, or an equivalent.
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of college or university courses following graduation from high school prior to applying. (Students who have already graduated from college or university are also eligible.)
  • Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency section on the International Students page.


Application Process

IHP students are selected through a collaborative admissions process, which starts with your home institution. Once you have been nominated by your home institution, you will be provided with a link to the official IHP application. IMPORTANT: Please do not fill out the regular Summer Session application, which is available on our website. You must complete your online IHP application with Summer Session by March 11, 2020 in order to be able to enroll in classes starting April 12, 2020. The final deadline for all international student applications is April 1, 2020. 

For more information about the IHP application process, please contact your home university's coordinator.


Enrichment Programs

Aside from the abundant programming IHP students are offered while on campus, there are Enrichment Programs all Stanford Summer Session students can participate in to enhance their Summer Quarter.

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA)

SVIA is an exclusive opportunity for 120 students to experience a team-based moonshot project while at Stanford. Across seven weeks, SVIA participants hone their leadership abilities in a team, intent on exploring, prototyping, and communicating a world-changing innovation opportunity. Stanford Summer Session supports this journey with a mix of weekly, hands-on coaching sessions and real-world deliverables. The program culminates with the SVIA Innovation Experience, where each team has the opportunity to present their idea.


You must apply for SVIA as part of your Summer Session application. Once the application is submitted, there will not be another chance to apply. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Intensive Studies

Stanford Summer Session's Intensive Studies program offers students the opportunity to join a cohort of students and faculty and engage deeply within one of eight areas of study. These courses are a part of the regular Summer Quarter curriculum and are open to all students who have completed any stated prerequisites. For many of the areas of study, academic work is enhanced by a speaker series featuring leading scholars in their field. Upon successful completion of the requirements for a Summer Intensive, students receive an official Document of Completion.


Confirmed students will be able to register for an Intensive after Axess opens on April 12, 2020. You can only register for an Intensive after you have been admitted to Summer Session and confirmed with a Stanford ID Number. There is no additional fee required to participate in Intensive Studies.

NOTE: If your institution does not award transfer credits, you are highly encouraged to participate in Stanford Summer Session's Intensive Studies program.

IHP Important Dates and Deadlines

Summer 2020 Program Dates
June 20 – August 16

Application Open Date
Obtain link from your school's coordinator

Application Completion Date
March 11, 2020


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