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 a specific subject area. 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. If you successfully complete a Summer Intensive, you will receive an official Document of Completion. 

New Intensives for Summer 2018

Thinking About Thinking

Albert Einstein–recognized as one of the great thinkers of all time–proclaimed that “the struggle to understand while performing creative and open-minded intellectual work is what ennobles us and enriches our nature.” Intellectual work is therefore not just a core part of the university experience, but a defining aspect of the human experience, and the courses in this Intensive encourage you to delve more deeply into its sources, nature, and practice–to think deeply about thinking.

Data Science

Knowledge of statistical principles and facility with data analytic methods are becoming highly desired competencies in both the business and academic worlds. The courses in this Intensive provide you the opportunity either to gain an introduction to these principles and methods or to advance your current expertise to the next level.

Scientific Communication for International Students

Although science and engineering transcend national boundaries, English has increasingly become their go-to, de facto language of communication. The greater one’s facility with the English language, therefore, the better for one’s career. This Intensive is designed for international students who want to improve both their knowledge in a “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field and their knowledge of English. Students take a total of 8 units, divided among 4 to 5 units of coursework in STEM courses and 3 to 4 units of EFSLANG coursework.

How Do I Apply?

After completing the application and being admitted, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for an Intensive Study of your choice. You are allowed to sign up for and complete more than one Intensive. Classes can fill early and space is not guaranteed. Confirmed students interested in participating in an Intensive Study can register for courses in Axess beginning Sunday, April 8, 2018.

This page will be updated by March 2018 to reflect the summer courses offered within each Intensive Study. The courses listed below reflect Summer 2017 Intensives.

Intensive Studies

Computer Science

Designed for students with moderate to advanced programming experience, this intensive will enhance your knowledge of software engineering and development, and gain a fuller appreciation of new trends in information technology.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Computer Science, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete two of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above. Courses must be taken for the highest number of units listed to qualify for the Intensive.

General Chemistry

If you are not ready to take Organic Chemistry, you should enroll in General Chemistry. The eight-week Summer Intensive in General Chemistry is equivalent to one year of college general chemistry and is taught as two four-week segments.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in General Chemistry, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete all of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above.

Organic Chemistry

The nine-week Summer Intensive in Organic Chemistry will fulfill the one-year college organic chemistry with lab requirement for most medical schools. The program consists of three, three-week segments during which you enroll in both a lecture and a lab course.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Organic Chemistry, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form and complete all of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above.

Human Rights

You will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society. In addition to selecting from the courses listed below, you will have the opportunity to attend one or more evening events, including public lectures and film viewings–all offered as part of the Summer Human Rights Program.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Human Rights, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above, and register for, attend, and check in at one Human Rights Speaker Event. You will be able to register for your event at the start of Summer Quarter. Courses must also be taken for the highest number of units listed to qualify for the Intensive.

International Management

Consider aspects of business development such as economics, decision-making, and money and banking. You will be encouraged to think about industry in a global context.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in International Management, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above, and register for, attend, and check in at the International Management Speaker Event. You will be able to register for your event at the start of Summer Quarter. Courses must also be taken for the highest number of units listed to qualify for the Intensive.

Service Learning

Examine societal issues that are relevant to our world today. The academic courses in this intensive are theoretical; however, you will have the opportunity to participate in community service as a part of this intensive.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Service Learning, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, enroll in POLISCI 133Z and one course from the Human Rights Intensive list with a letter grade of B or above and participate in one Day of Service. For students interested in completing both the Human Rights Intensive and Service Learning Intensive, a minimum of three human rights courses must be take to satisfy the requirements of both intensives. For example, the courses taken to satisfy the Human Rights Intensive cannot be used to satisfy the Service Learning Intensive human rights course requirement.

Technology and Innovation

Immerse yourself in the exploration of technological advances and cutting-edge innovation. You will build on your tech interest by taking courses in technology entrepreneurship, management science, and information technology.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion in Technology and Innovation, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, complete two of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of B or above, and register for, attend and check in at the Technology & Innovation Speaker Panel. You will be able to register for your event at the start of Summer Session. Courses must also be taken for the highest number of units listed to qualify for the Intensive.
 

Environmental & Water Studies

Extraordinary leadership and expertise are needed to address the world’s critical environmental conditions–now and in the future. The Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer (SEWSS) program is an expansive eight-week experience that exposes students to specialized knowledge areas and shifting paradigms in environmental science and engineering. The summer curriculum comprises both introductory and advanced courses that challenge critical thinking and encourage interactive discussion to explore complex water and environmental problems, technologies, processes, and solutions. Successful completion of the Environment and Water Studies Intensive will lead to a SEWSS Program Certificate.

In order to receive a SEWSS Program Certificate, you must fill out the SEWSS registration form, complete three of the qualifying courses with a letter grade of C- or above, and are encouraged to attend the Environment and Water Studies speaker event. Additional information about the SEWSS Program Certificate is available at the SEWSS website.

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