Daily Schedule

Summer Humanities Institute participants have full schedules which incorporate the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the program into each day.

Typical Weekday Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 am–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am–11:30 am Faculty-led classroom session that includes lecture, small group discussions, and some individual work
11:30am–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm–2:30 pm Discussion sections led by Graduate Teaching Assistants
2:30 pm–4:00 pm Designated study period
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Snack break
4:30 pm–6:00 pm Selected organized activities: sports, games, music, art, Stanford-area excursions, etc. (participation is required)
6:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm–9:30 pm Free time for informal study, activities organized by residential staff
9:30 pm All participants must be in their residence
11:00 pm Lights out (on Fridays and Saturdays this may be one hour later)

Schedule Details

Morning classes are taught in Stanford classrooms or other instructional spaces, and are led by program faculty.

After lunch, participants attend a discussion section led by the Graduate Teaching Associates. Later they attend a study session supervised by the teaching assistants, and typically held in their residences. These sessions usually consist of one-on-one conferences, small group discussion sessions, or independent work.

The afternoon activity period provides a range of options for participants to choose from, including sports, games, arts and crafts, local excursions to downtown Palo Alto or the Stanford Shopping Center, and other group activities which allow participants to get to know other Summer Institutes participants outside of their course. All activities are supervised by the Residential Counselors.

Evenings allow participants unstructured time to continue work on course assignments, relax with friends, watch movies, or take part in house-wide activities such as talent shows and dances, which are held each session.


Field trips to exciting cultural and natural attractions are scheduled for one day each weekend, and the other weekend day will have open-ended free time as well as an offering of enjoyable activities.