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.
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.