Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes offers two-week, online summer courses, providing academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course. 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.
Real-Time Online Instruction
Courses meet for two hours each day (Monday–Friday) for live online classroom discussion with their instructor and peers. 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.
Evaluation & Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the course, instructors provide a qualitative written evaluation and participants receive a Certificate of Completion.
Active Student Engagement
Active participation in class discussion is key to creating an online community of engaged learners. Outside of the academic components, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and activities.
Good Citizenship & Integrity
We ask participants to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in their academic work and personal conduct. Past participants often remark on how much they learned from their peers.

2022 Program Dates

A variety of courses will be offered in two sessions this summer. Each session runs for two weeks, with courses meeting Monday–Friday. Please note that students may only attend one course per summer.
Session One
Monday, June 20 – Friday, July 1, 2022
Session Two
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Courses

Course offerings are designed to meet the interests of our students. Our instructors highlight new areas of research and findings to create an exciting learning opportunity for students.

With over 30 courses to choose from for Summer 2022, students will participate in just one course for advanced study. Similar to what they would experience in a college course, students can expect a heavy workload of assignments to work on outside of the daily live class meeting times. Coursework may include assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.

Engaging Student Life

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies seeks to not only provide enriching academic experiences, but also to facilitate 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.
Smiling student in program

Participate in Student Life Workshops

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

My favorite part of the program was meeting students from all around the world in my class. I have made friendships with my fellow comrades that will for sure be long-lasting.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Participant, 2021

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.

Application Now Closed

Our application for the 2022 Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.