Join a global community of students at one of the world’s leading institutions of research and learning. The Summer Session students take on challenging academics for college credit while balancing educational and social activities. Discover a passion to become a scholar or find your way to change the world. Whatever path you choose, you’ll have a learning experience that makes a lasting impact.

Top reasons to study here

  • Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.
  • Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.
  • Stanford Summer professors are leaders in their fields, and your classmates are some of the most brilliant young minds from around the world.

Short Courses

Humanities (64)
Social Sciences (63)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (61)
Engineering & Technology (35)
Computer Science & IT (23)
Arts, Design & Architecture (22)
Education & Training (21)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (17)
Business & Management (16)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (13)
Journalism & Media (4)
Medicine & Health (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



A living memorial to Leland Stanford Jr., Stanford University has redefined higher education since its founding in 1891.


Stanford Summer Session includes the most sought-after courses from departments in the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Choose from more than 170 courses in 40 departments.


Student services

Academic advisors are available during the Summer Quarter for all registered students. Advisors can assist with course selection and changes, grading options, as well as academic petitions, and are available for drop-in visits or by appointment. Schedules, office location, and contact information will be distributed to all confirmed students at the start of the Summer Quarter.

Housing services

Become part of the Stanford family in a truly unique way. Living on campus can be a transformational experience – and an economical option. You’ll have convenient access to trips and speakers, as well as weekly programming organized by the Summer Session team.

Students apply for housing online via Axess after they have been issued a Stanford ID number. The housing application opens in early April. Undergraduate students are guaranteed housing if they apply by the first-round deadline in mid-May, and select all housing options for which they are eligible. 

ICT services

A wireless internet connection is available for all registered students. Wired and wireless internet access is available in student residences and is included in the technology fee fee. Students who want wired access will need to bring their own Ethernet cable.

Medical services

All students at Stanford are required to have health insurance and to verify this coverage before beginning their studies on campus. Students who have private insurance coverage are able to waive the automatic University insurance plan.

Student Life

Campus life

Situated on over 8,000 acres of land that previously housed the Stanford Family horse farm, Stanford University has been home to innovative thinking from day one. Guided by the words on the University seal, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” (“the wind of freedom blows”), Stanford makes its students “useful for life” by promoting freedom of mind and the pure search for knowledge.

Sports facilities

Summer Session students have access to the exercise facilities on campus. (Some facilities require a Stanford ID card for entry). Students interested in participating in non-credit group fitness classes can purchase a Group Fitness Pass, provided by the Stanford Recreation Fitness Program.

Student clubs

When you come here for the summer, you become a part of the Stanford tradition. Speaking events, academic roundtables, and trips let you take full advantage of all that Stanford and the Silicon Valley have to offer. And with the fourth quarter’s intimate campus community, you’ll have ample opportunity to develop lasting bonds with faculty, staff and peers.

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