International Students

High School Summer College has been pleased to welcome students from all over the world. Students have come from more than 50 countries. Some 30 percent of our students are international and must thus satisfy additional requirements of both our program and the U.S. government.

Additional Requirements

Please review the following information below regarding international students requirements for:

This information will assist international students as they make their plans for Stanford High School Summer College:

  • 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 that don’t possess a proper academic visa can receive a Stanford-sponsored I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) that can be used to obtaining an F-1 Student Visa.
  • International students sponsored by Stanford for an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) enroll in a minimum of 8 units of study. The High School Summer College office will monitor enrollment throughout the quarter to ensure compliance.
  • Most international students who already attend a U.S. educational institution and who will return to that institution in the fall are able to attend High School Summer College using their current I-20. In these cases, the 8-unit minimum enrollment requirement will not apply.

Important:

  • All High School Summer College students are expected to take their courses for academic credit. No courses may be audited.
  • All international students obtaining a Stanford-sponsored I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) are required to enroll in a minimum of 8 units to remain in good standing for the Summer Quarter.
  • International students requiring a Stanford-sponsored I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) may enroll in courses after receiving their Stanford ID number.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in processing their I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) and obtaining their F-1 Student Visas.

These visa requirements apply only to students who have submitted applications to the Stanford High School Summer College program. Other summer programs on the Stanford campus have their own visa requirements, which may differ.