Stanford Summer Session's Intensive Studies program offers students the opportunity to join a cohort of students and faculty to 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 students successfully complete a Summer Intensive, they will receive an official Document of Completion issued by the Summer Session Office.
Summer 2018 Intensives
- Computer Science
- Data Science
- Environmental and Water Studies
- General Chemistry
- Human Rights
- International Management
- Organic Chemistry
- Scientific Communication for International Students
- Service Learning
- Technology and Innovation
- Thinking About Thinking
How Do I Apply?
Students who have applied and have been admitted to Stanford Summer Session will be given the opportunity to sign up for an Intensive Study of their choice through a registration form. Students are allowed to sign up for up to two Intensive Study subjects; however, students typically complete only one Intensive. Confirmed students interested in participating in an Intensive Study then can register for courses in Axess beginning Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Course Enrollment Notes
Confirmed students should refer to the Intensive Study subjects below to view the list of proposed courses that satisfy each Intensive's courses requirement (subject to change based on course availability). It is highly recommended that confirmed students enroll in courses as soon as they can once Axess is open for course enrollment. Classes can fill early, and space is not guaranteed.
Some courses listed underneath an Intensive may not be open to a particular student population, so please carefully read the notes associated with the qualifying courses listed on this page. In the Courses section of our website, some courses may also be listed as a variable-unit course; however, students should enroll in a qualifying Intensive course for the maximum amount of units offered (with the exception of courses listed under the Environmental and Water Studies Intensive and the EFSLANG requirement under the Scientific Communication for International Students Intensive). For example, if a course is offered for "3-5 units," a student participating in the Intensive Studies program should enroll in that course for 5 units. As also detailed on an individual course page, a course may have different grading basis options (i.e. Letter Grade, Credit/No Credit, etc.); however, in order for a course to meet the requirements of an Intensive, students must enroll in a course for a letter grade (except for the EFSLANG courses requirement under the Scientific Communication for International Students Intensive).