Intensive Studies

Summer Session offers over 200 classes. Intensive Studies clusters courses into popular areas, to make it easier for students to choose their path. Through the Intensive Studies program, students have the opportunity to participate in focused study during the summer, alongside students with similar interests. 

Get hands on with Computer Science or Data Science, jumpstart a successful college experience with LaunchU, expand your horizons by exploring new Global Perspectives, or develop your skills within Business and Innovation. Whichever Intensive you choose, you'll be able to select from a list of classes curated by our team.

At the end of the program you’ll receive an Intensive Studies Document of Completion, as well as a Stanford University transcript.


Intensive Requirements:

In order to receive an Intensive Studies Document of Completion at the end of the Summer Quarter, students must meet all of the following requirements: 

  • Register for your Intensive, after you confirm your spot with Summer Session, so we can track your participation.
    • Students can register for only one Intensive. Registration will open closer to course enrollment in April. 
    • Students can change their selection until the Final Study List Deadline of Monday, July 6 at 5PM PST. 
  • Enroll in a minimum of two classes, that together provide at least 6 units total, from the courses listed under the Intensive.*
    • Students must enroll in the units listed, with the exception of courses with a range of units (e.g. 3-5 units). Any student who participates in an Intensive is welcome to take additional courses. 
    • High school residential students and International students on a Stanford sponsored F-1 student visa must meet an 8 unit enrollment minimum.
  • Attend one of the following Summer Events:
    • One speaker event in the Summer Speaker Series or
    • One Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA) Speaker Event or
    • One Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) Intensive Workshop
  • Earn a letter grade of B or above in your Intensive courses

*Please note that the Summer 2020 courses will be confirmed by the end of February. Please check back here around that time for a list of eligible courses.

Intensive Studies


This Intensive introduces you to undergraduate work and to the culture of Stanford, through quintessential Stanford classes that build college skills such as critical writing and thinking, academic research, and oral presentation. Students come to Summer Session from a wide variety of starting points; some are new to college-level work, to a US university, or to the particular discipline they will be studying during Summer Quarter. This Intensive gives you the tools to navigate the culture and curriculum of higher education and to thrive academically.

2020 LaunchU Intensive courses will be published in late February. 

Computer Science

Designed for students with intermediate to advanced programming experience, this Intensive will enhance your knowledge of software engineering and development, and provide an opportunity to gain in-depth appreciation of new trends in information technology.

2020 Computer Science Intensive courses will be published in late February. 

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 with the opportunity to gain an introduction to these principles and methods, or to elevate your current expertise to the next level.

2020 Data Science Intensive courses will be published in late February. 

Global Perspectives

This Intensive focuses on the complex issues related to living in a global society, and includes courses related to international relations, social justice, and human rights. Students will gain broad perspectives on what it means to live in a global world.

2020 Global Perspectives Intensive courses will be published in late February. 

Business and Innovation

Immerse yourself in the exploration of cutting edge innovation, at a university known for its startup spirit. You will build on your entrepreneurial interests by taking courses in economics, management sciences & engineering, and statistics.

2020 Business and Innovation Intensive courses will be published in late February. 

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