We invite high school students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are scholars in their fields and passionate about teaching.
Stanford Campus classrooms, as viewed through a classic campus arch

What is Enrichment?

Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics.

The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.

Upon completion of the course, instructors provide a qualitative written evaluation and participants receive a Certificate of Completion.
Live Online Instruction
Courses meet for two hours each day (Monday–Friday) for live online classroom discussion between the instructor and students. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments tailored to each course. Please visit our course catalog for details about each course’s unique meeting time.
Active Student Engagement
Active participation in class discussion is key to creating an online community of engaged learners. Outside of the academic components of the program, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and activities.

Engaging Student Life

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes provides not only enriching academic experiences, but also engaging learning communities that foster critical thinking, promote personal growth, and inspire lifelong learning outside of the classroom. Our online program will incorporate a robust student life component to complement the academic coursework of the program.
Hoover Tower on Stanford Campus

Build Connections Around the World

Meet participants from other countries while participating in exciting events like orientation, talent shows, student life workshops, and commencement. Past participants often remark on how much they learned from their peers.
Student on laptop

Participate in Student Life Workshops

Take a series of student life workshops engaging in topics such as health and wellness, leadership, life and career planning, design thinking, cross-cultural communication, and more.

It was two weeks of engaging lessons and activities on challenging, yet riveting topics. I was constantly inspired by my peers and prompted to inquire, learn, and discover.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Participant, 2023

Online Classroom Technology Requirements

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Participants will need to have daily access to a computer that is capable of running the latest versions of internet browsers, plug-ins, and software. Mobile devices are not recommended.
Internet Connection
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Students must have a reliable broadband internet connection that is robust enough to handle video conferencing with minimal difficulties. Our courses take place in an interactive environment which includes having all students on camera, chat, videos, and presentations. We highly recommend that students use a wired ethernet connection.
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Participants should have a webcam to support daily participation in class.
Headphones and Microphone
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If you are using a laptop with a built-in microphone, we recommend that you use headphones during live class sessions to avoid echo or feedback. Using a headset with a microphone will help ensure that you have clear audio when participating in class.
Suitable Learning Environment
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Do your best to choose a comfortable, quiet, distraction-free learning space for the live class meeting times. Keep in mind that the setting should be appropriate for interacting with instructors and fellow students on camera.