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.

About the Program

Students, selected by their home institutions to attend IHP, spend eight weeks on Stanford's campus during the summer. This year, IHP students will come from 25 different universities in 16 countries around the world. The program combines top-notch academics with extracurricular 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

NOTE: It is suggested for institutions that do not award transfer credits to encourage their students to participate in Stanford Summer Session's Intensive Studies program.

Program Requirements

The IHP application will open in December 2018, and applicants must complete their application by March 13, 2019. To begin your application, please retrieve the application link from your home university's IHP coordinator.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program (June 22, 2019).
  • 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.

In addition to submitting an online IHP application, students have the option to write short personal statement in response to a specific question, and supply a TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Exam Score.

For more information about IHP, please email summerhonors@stanford.edu or 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) Enterprise

SVIA Enterprise 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.

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. 

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