Entering the U.S. Requirements

International students entering the United States with the intention of studying at Stanford during the Summer Quarter must possess a visa appropriate for full-time academic study. Most commonly, this is an F-1 Student Visa. High School Summer College students are not allowed to enter the country using a Tourist Visa (B-1/B-2) or WT/WB Visa Waiver.”

Students should contact the High School Summer College office if they have any questions relating to immigration or visa matters. F-1 students in initial status may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the “report date” listed on the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status). On-campus housing is not available until June 24, 2017.

Students attending Stanford for the Summer Quarter are expected to make travel plans that enable them to arrive on campus by Saturday, June 24, 2017.


Document Requirements

For students who have been sponsored by Stanford for an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status), the following six documents must be presented to the Port of Entry Officer upon entry to the United States:

  • Original I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status)
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Stanford University High School Summer College Admission Letter (available online within the High School Summer College applicant portal)
  • Original Proof of Funding Document
  • F-1 Visa (this is the visa stamp attached to your passport by the U.S. Embassy)
  • Passport

Residential International Students

On-campus student housing opens in June 24, 2017. Students will not be able to move into residence before this date. If travel plans require a student to arrive prior to June 24, 2017, the student is responsible for making arrangements for local, off-campus accommodations. Please be aware that most U.S. hotels require guests to be at least 18 years of age to check in on their own. Some hotels will make special allowances for underage visitors, but require written parental approval in advance of arrival. The High School Summer College office is not able to assist students in obtaining off-campus accommodations.

Commuting International Students

International students who will attend High School Summer College as commuting students should plan on arriving the Palo Alto, California area on the required date, June 24, 2017. Orientation activities will be held during the weekend prior to the start of instruction. There will be a MANDATORY ORIENTATION for all international students attending Stanford High School Summer College. The orientation will be held during Welcome Weekend, on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Information about the High School Summer College Welcome Weekend is included in the program materials each student receives upon admission to the program.

On Stanford’s Campus

International students with a Stanford sponsored I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) are required to verify their presence on campus within the first few days of the program. Detailed information about how to fulfill this requirement will be sent by email prior to arrival. Students are required to present the following four documents as part of the verification process:

  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (please print; this is retrievable online at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
  • Original I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status)
  • Stanford ID number
  • Passport with stamped F-1 Visa