Join Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes for an introduction to life at an American college at a globally renowned centre for innovation.
Oxford Summer Courses is the only partnering organisation with Stanford in Europe
Innovative workshops, including Design Thinking, Robotics and Cryptology
Field trips in the San Francisco Bay area, from the Golden Gate Bridge to baseball games
Make new friends with students from 80+ countries
14 days, commencing: 09/07, 21/07
Founded in 1885, Stanford University has educated world leaders, innovators, and writers, including John Steinbeck, John F Kennedy, and Elon Musk. Stanford is the perfect place to sink your teeth into a subject you love, debate with international classmates, and form a network to last you a lifetime.START THE ADVENTURE
Students aged 14-17 will take part in an innovative mix of subject sessions and workshops that are not typically available in school. Taught in a college-style seminar setting, subjects vary from Robotics to Design Thinking, from Creative Writing to Genetics - and every session is taught by an expert in that field.EXPLORE ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS
Live on the Stanford University college campus and explore Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area – home to 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000. With field trips in the past including the Golden Gate Bridge, California Science Museum, Pier 39 and a Giants Baseball Game, this is an all-american experience.STUDENT LIFE
With academically talented students from 80+ countries attending, you'll make friends from across the globe. As Stanford's only partner in the Europe for this programme, Oxford Summer Courses invites applications from students aged 14-17 from all European countries.A DAY IN THE LIFE AT STANFORD
You'll stay in Stanford dorm rooms used by students during term time, giving you a true glimpse into the American college experience. Trained residential staff live in residence and will serve as counsellors and mentors, providing a supportive environment while you live abroad.
"Spending two weeks at Stanford this summer was truly an enlightening experience for me. Everyone was extremely kind, open, smart and funny, which made it very easy to become friends and establish connections."
"I spent two weeks at Stanford in the Summer and enjoyed every moment of it. Although I was initially nervous about travelling on my own and meeting so many new people I found it easy to settle in and make friends."
"Oxford Summer Courses at Stanford has changed my future entirely. It covered many topics such as Entrepreneurship, Cryptography, Critical Thinking and Decision Making - it was a magnificent experience."
Who else will be on the programme?
The students on the course will be a group of academically talented, motivated 14-17 year olds from Europe. There will be a chaperone who travels with the group to San Francisco Airport (SFO) then you will meet the brilliant staff team from Stanford who will take you to the campus and make sure you get settled in with an induction evening. The chaperone will stay with your group for the duration of the programme so is on hand for any questions or concerns throughout..
How do you select participants to join?
We select students based on a strong personal statement and keen interest in the course and each of its elements, from the academic content to the supporting cultural and social programme. We’re looking for students who will make the most of this exciting opportunity to learn from the very best. No specific experience in any of the subject areas is necessary but it would be useful, as would a strong academic background.
How do I apply?
You can apply here. We will ask for a personal statement and details of your recent grades, and will be in touch within 2 working days of receiving your application.
What should I bring?
The same as your would if going on a summer programme elsewhere, smart casual clothing for everyday (there’s no dress code on campus) but Stanford is a huge place so make sure you bring comfortable footwear – you’ll definitely be getting your steps in. The weather in the San Francisco Bay area can fluctuate a lot, so always be prepared with a warm coat and trousers – especially for our evening field trips, but it’s likely to also be beautifully sunny on campus!
A workbook and pens will be provided, as will a laptop for classes, although you’re free to bring your own if you’d prefer.
When do I select my subject?
The idea of Stanford’s pre-collegiate international institute programme is to allow participants to experience a range of subjects and expand their academic understanding, therefore the academic sessions are set and include a range of subjects from Robotics to Design Thinking and Epigenetics. Every session is taught by an expert in that field and is incredibly engaging so even if there’s a subject you don’t think is your thing, prepare to be surprised.
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