Intensive Studies

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 event 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

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 14, 2019. 

Course Enrollment Notes

Summer 2019 courses will be available in March. Summer 2018 courses are listed below.

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).

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 an official Document 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 also be taken for the maximum number of units listed.

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.

In order to receive an official Document of Completion in Data 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 also be taken for the maximum number of units listed.

Note: STATS 60 and/or 101 are recommended for students with little or no previous background. Higher-numbered courses (i.e. 200- or above) are considered advanced undergraduate or graduate level courses.

Environmental and Water Studies

Extraordinary leadership and expertise are needed to address the world’s critical environmental conditions–now and in the future. The Stanford Environmental and Water Studies Summer (SEWSS) Scholars 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 program requirements will lead to an official Document of Completion for the SEWSS Scholars Program.

Grade and enrollment requirements for the SEWSS Scholars Program Document of Completion are available at the SEWSS website.

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 an official Document 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.

Human Rights

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 an official Document 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 (courses must be taken for the maximum number of units listed), and attend a Human Rights speaker event. You will be able to register for this event at the start of the Summer Quarter.

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 an official Document 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 (courses must be taken for the maximum number of units listed), and attend the International Management speaker event. You will be able to register for this event at the start of the Summer Quarter. 

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 an official Document 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.

Scientific Communication for International Students

NEW 2018 INTENSIVE

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.

In order to receive an official Document of Completion in the Scientific Communication for International Students Intensive, you must fill out the Intensive Studies registration form, as well as complete the course requirements detailed below.

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 an official Document 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 (courses must be taken for the maximum number of units listed), and attend the Technology and Innovation panel event. You will be able to register for this event at the start of the Summer Quarter. 

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