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Stanford University

94305-2015 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 30
(650) 723.3636 

Established more than a century ago by founders Jane and Leland Stanford, the university was designed, as clearly stated in the Founding Grant, to prepare students “for personal success and direct usefulness in life” and “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” Today Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students to become the next generation of leaders.

With an approximate 6.4 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, Stanford emphasizes close interaction with faculty. Stanford offers three undergraduate degrees – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.), and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (B.A.S.) – each designed to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration. Undergraduates complete at least 180 units, including requirements for the major, writing and rhetoric requirements, one year of a foreign language.

Today, approximately 8,441 students in more than 65 departments and programs are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in all seven of Stanford’s schools: Business, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Law and Medicine. Exchange programs with the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco enable graduate students to take courses not offered at Stanford.

About 86 percent of Stanford graduate students receive financial assistance, aside from loans, from Stanford or external sources. About 57 percent of graduate students live on campus.


Each summer, English for Foreign Students offers an intensive program for incoming international graduate students and visiting scholars wishing to improve their English skills while preparing for academic life in US universities.

The program is six weeks long, runs from the beginning of July to mid-August, and features the following:
     - Average class size of 10-12 students 
     - Highly qualified, experienced instructors 
     - Classes in listening, speaking and writing for academic purposes 
     - Lectures by renowned Stanford faculty 
     - Orientation to campus and academic life

Intensive English and Academic Orientation for Foreign Graduate Students. This 20-hour per week program prepares students to begin full-time graduate study at a US university in the fall. It includes the following classes: Listening Comprehension and Discussion; effective Communication and Oral Presentation; academic Writing: separate sections for Business, Engineering/Science, and Humanities/Social Science; consultation with a graduate student in a related field; academic Lecture Series; community Lecture Series

Intensive English and Academic Orientation for Visiting Scholars. This 17-hour per week program is designed to prepare incoming visiting scholars of all types (professors, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, etc) for their upcoming experience in a US university.

American Language and Culture. English for Foreign Students also runs a 4-week American Language and Culture Program in collaboration with VIA, a private, non-profit organization based at Stanford dedicated to Asia/US public service and education. Most students are recruited from select universities in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea for this program, but a small number of openings exist for students who wish to apply independently and are currently attending or recently graduated from a university in East Asia or Southeast Asia. 

Tuition is $3,012 for 1 - 15 units

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