Summer Institutes Online

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford has determined that on-campus residential programs should be shifted to an online-only format. In place of our residential program this summer, we are pleased to offer an online alternative to the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes. 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Online is a two-week summer program that provides 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 through our engaging online learning platform.

Online Academic 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.
Single-Subject Study
With over 60 course offerings to choose from, students will participate in just one course for advanced study led by an instructor who is an expert in their field and passionate about teaching. Daily classroom instruction features advanced content more typically found in a college curriculum.
Real-Time Online Instruction
Courses meet for two hours each day (Monday–Friday) for live 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.
College-Level Workload
Similar to what they would experience in a college course, students can expect a heavy workload of assignments to work on outside of the live class meeting times. Coursework will include assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.
Active Student Engagement
Active participation is key to creating an online community of engaged learners, and students are expected to participate in class and to collaborate with their peers and instructors. Outside of the academic context, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and activities.

Summer 2020 Courses

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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.

2020 Dates and Tuition

A variety of courses will be offered in three sessions this summer. Each session runs for two weeks, with courses meeting Monday–Friday. Please note that students may only attend one course in one session per summer.
Session Dates
Session One
Monday, June 22 – Friday, July 3, 2020

Session Two
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 17, 2020

Session Three
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 31, 2020
Online Program Tuition
Tuition for Summer Institutes Online is $2,500.

(Some courses may require the purchase of additional materials such as course readers or textbooks.)

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.
Internet Connection
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Participants will need to be connected to high-speed internet that will support interactive audio and video.
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Participants should have a webcam to support daily participation in class.
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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. If possible, we suggest that you use a USB-based headset with a microphone for clear audio when participating in class.
Suitable Learning Environment
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Do your best to choose a comfortable, 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.

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.
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A Taste of College Life

Learn about life at Stanford, ask current undergraduate students questions about life in college, and engage in dialogue with Stanford community members.
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Build Connections Around the World

Meet participants from other countries while participating in exciting events like orientation, a talent show, a guest speaker series, and commencement.
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College Access and Career Planning

From understanding institution types to unpacking personal statements, our College Access and Career Planning workshops will help students prepare for life after high school.
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Health and Wellness

Understand the concept of total wellness by gaining insight to personal wellness, learning principles and techniques to mindfulness, and discovering healthy habits as students transition to college.
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Global Competencies

Develop an understanding of your identity and the biases we all carry. Strengthen cross-cultural communication skills and utilize a social-justice lens to prepare for engagement in an increasingly globalized society.

Unique Stanford Connections

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Powered by Stanford OHS

Summer Institutes Online is being developed in partnership with Stanford Online High School (OHS), a global leader in online education. We are thrilled to draw on the expertise and passion that the Stanford OHS instructors and staff bring to online education.

Stanford Online High School is an independent school for intellectually passionate students in grades 7–12. Founded in 2006, Stanford OHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

Sample Day in the Life

Participants have full daily schedules which incorporate the academic and social aspects of the program. Class time and student life activities are scheduled in an effort to accommodate multiple time zones. Each participant will have a unique schedule as they join our online community from their homes around the world.

Below is an example of what one student's weekday during the program may look like.
All times are shown in Pacific Time.

This is a sample day for a student who is living in the Pacific Time Zone and taking a course that meets between 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Each participant's daily schedule will vary depending on their time zone and their course's live meeting time. Please visit our course catalog to view individual course meeting times.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Group project virtual meeting
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Independent work on course assignments
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Independent work on course assignments
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm College student panel 
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Live class time led by instructor
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner break
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Student life workshop


Online Program Frequently Asked Questions

I had already applied to the program before it switched to an online format. What will happen to my original application? Do I have to re-apply for the online program? 

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In the transition to an online program, all previously-submitted applications will automatically transfer to the online alternative. Applicants who already submitted an application for the 2020 residential program do not need to submit a new application to be considered for this summer's online program. Our admissions team will keep applicants informed of next steps. Please note that this transition may delay notification of your final admission status; we thank you for your understanding as we make every effort to keep you informed. 

Who teaches the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes courses?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes instructors are primarily Stanford University affiliates selected for expertise in their fields as well as their ability and experience in teaching students in the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes age range. Our instructors are active researchers and design custom courses that provide a deep dive in their area of expertise and highlight new areas of research.

Do Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program participants receive grades or credit?

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We do not provide course grades or credits for completing a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program. Our summer courses are for enrichment purposes only. After the conclusion of the program, participants are sent a written evaluation from their instructor and a certificate of completion.

What is the refund policy for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Online? 

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Application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. To withdraw, the student or parent must notify Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff in writing (via email) prior to the start of the program. No refunds or discounts will be given for withdrawals once the program has begun. Refunds cannot be considered until a formal email request is received.

Please see the table below for our refund schedule. 

Date of Written Notification Tuition Refund Amount
Before June 3, 2020 100%
June 3 – June 10, 2020 50%
June 11 – June 17, 2020 25%
After June 17, 2020 0%

Will special considerations be made to the refund policy due to the pandemic?

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If a student must withdraw their enrollment due to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, they should notify our office by email as soon as possible. In the event that a student is unable to participate due to COVID-19 and must withdraw after the full tuition refund date has passed, we will review each situation on a case-by-base basis. Please contact our office at and our staff will be happy to assist.

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