Summer Humanities Institute: General Information
Do students receive grades or credits?
No course grades or credits are given for completing a Summer Humanities Institute course. After the conclusion of the program, students are sent a written evaluation from their Instructor and a certificate of completion.
Can I participate in the on-campus portion of the program as a commuter student?
No. All students in the Summer Humanities Institute must participate fully in the residential portion of the program. The Summer Humanities Institute places a high value on the integration of the academic and social components of the program, which is accomplished by bringing together students and mentors who share interest and talent in a particular subject. Students interested in non-residential opportunities should explore other Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Programs.
What type of visa will international students need?
International students who have attended our program in the past have been able to enter the country on a visitor’s visa. The number of hours per week in the classroom is 12-15 hours on average. This is below the 18 hours per week typically required for a student visa. Please visit the US State department’s website (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html) or visit your local US Embassy or Consulate for official information. Please note that Summer Humanities Institute is unable to assist participants in obtaining a visa and this is a process that the student and their family must undergo themselves with the US Immigration office. If you will need a formal acceptance letter for you to use in your application for a visa, we can provide one.
Summer Humanities Institute: Admissions
What does “grade level” refer to? Will exceptions be made to the grade or age requirements?
Grade level refers to the current grade that a student is in when they submit their application (in Spring). No exceptions will be made to the grade restrictions, but age restrictions allow for some flexibility. Students currently in grades 10-11 are assumed to be ages 15-17; those who are within three months of the age requirement are also eligible. These restrictions are important in providing a social environment that maximizes the value of the Summer Humanities Institute experience, and take into account considerations for students in the same courses living together in the same residence. Because the social and academic components are tightly integrated, students will have greater academic benefit by learning alongside others who are close in age and grade.
Are there grade point average or standardized test score cut-offs?
There is neither a test score “cut-off” requirement nor a GPA cut-off. The Summer Humanities Institute seeks students who demonstrate passion for and overall academic excellence in subjects related to the humanities. All application materials (such as work samples, written responses, test scores, teacher recommendations, etc.) are considered together.
Is it OK for my parents to help me write my application?
Because of the intensive, challenging nature of Summer Humanities Institute courses, it is important that the application reflect the interests and abilities of the student – not the parent – as accurately as possible. Therefore, all required work samples and responses to the application questions must be the student’s own work. While it is acceptable for parents to proof-read the student’s work to correct errors, parents should not write any part of the application for the student. Any misrepresentation in a student’s application materials is grounds to revoke an offer of admission to the program.
I have not taken a standardized test. Can I still apply?
The standardized test score requirement may be waived for those attending a school outside the US where testing is not available. If you attend school in the US but do not have test scores, you will need to provide a letter from your school on school letterhead attesting that there are no testing records for you, and that the school does not require tests.
I am an international student. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Given that the Humanities Institute program requires strong reading, writing, and discussion skills, we seek students who can successfully engage in the course through active participation. Strong speaking and listening skills in particular are essential for success. Students whose native language is not English and those who attend schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are encouraged to provide English-language proficiency tests if they have them; however, they are not required. If additional information about an applicant's English language proficiency is needed, a member of the Admissions Committee will contact the applicant directly to schedule a brief interview via Skype or other web conferencing platform.
I do not have a writing sample that fulfills the requirement. What do I do?
On the application, we provide some prompts that you can use to create a new writing sample. You may select any of the prompts to write about; you need only select one. Be sure the sample you submit is at least five pages long. We recommend that you ask a teacher or tutor to provide some editorial feedback on your essay before you submit it.
Summer Humanities Institute: Online Application
I am having trouble with the Online Application. Where can I go for assistance?
The Summer Humanities Institute administrative team would be happy to assist you. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-423-6040.
I submitted my Online Application and paid my application fee, but my Student Page still says that my application is incomplete. Why?
A complete application consists of a submitted Online Application, a Teacher Recommendation, and receipt of payment for the application fee, if any. If your application is incomplete, It is possible that your teacher has not yet submitted a recommendation on your behalf. Contact your teacher, or check your account page to manage your recommendations.
I applied to the Summer Humanities Institute last year. When I open my application for this year, it is already populated with some information from last year. What do I do?
This is an intentional feature of the online application system meant to streamline the application submission process for returning applicants and those applying to more than Stanford Pre-Collegiate program. Simply replace your uploaded documents with more up-to-date information, and update your responses to the application questions to reflect your current grade level and course preferences. You must add new requests for recommendations as these do not carry over from year to year.
How do I change or delete a recommender?
- To Delete a Recommender: You cannot delete a recommender once they have been entered into the application system. Applicants may list up to 4 recommenders, so you may use one of the remaining spaces for your new recommender. As long as one recommendation is received by the deadline, your application will be complete.
- To Change a Recommender’s Information: You can edit your recommender information or send a reminder email to your recommender through the application system. Sign in to the system and click the “Action” button next to the recommender you wish to edit. You can edit/change the recommender information as long as the recommender has not yet begun the recommendation process. You are able to send a reminder email to your recommender at any point in the recommendation process.
How does my recommender get notified of my request?
- In your online application, you will enter the recommender’s contact information. The teacher will receive an email with a link to the recommendation system. If they cannot locate the email, please first instruct them to search their spam folders for your name—it is not uncommon for the emails ended up there. If they are still unable to find the email, you can send a duplicate “reminder” email to them with the link on the recommendation page.
- There are two options for resending this email to your recommender. If you have not yet submitted your application, return to the “Recommender Information” section of the application. Click “Manage your recommenders” in the green box that says “Your recommendation request has been successfully submitted.” You can edit or change information, change your waive status, and send a reminder email to your recommender from this page.
- If you have already submitted your application, log in to your Apply Web account and your list of recommenders will be visible. On the far right, you will see a button labeled “Action.” Click this button and a drop-down menu will appear with the option to send a reminder email.
- Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the status of their recommendations and assure that recommendations are received by the Summer Humanities Institute by the intended admissions deadline.
How will I know when a recommendation has been submitted on my behalf?
An email will be sent to the student email address provided on the application when a recommendation has been received.
Do I have to wait for teacher recommendations to be received before I can submit my Online Application?
No! We encourage applicants to submit teacher recommendation requests as early as possible and submit your Online Application as soon as you have provided all the information required — do not wait for your teacher to respond. Your recommender may submit a recommendation before or after you submit your online application. Once you submit your online application, you will be able to check the status of your recommendation requests by logging onto your account.
Summer Humanities Institute: Admitted Students
I have been admitted, but not to my first choice course. Can I change courses?
Students are reviewed on a course by course basis, therefore qualifying for one course does not mean a student will be selected for a different course. In order to be reviewed for admission into another course, it is our policy you must first give up your seat in your admitted course, with no guarantee of being admitted into your new course. We will then place your application into the next application cycle to be compared in the pool. If you end up not being accepted in that cycle we would not be able to readmit you back into your first course. We encourage students to keep their current seat. Students are allowed only one switch request per summer.
Will I have an opportunity to speak to someone in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions?
While not guaranteed, a representative from the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admissions is often scheduled to give a presentation to program participants during their stay at Stanford. If you are interested in a more formal meeting with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, please make arrangements independently. Please note that these arrangements must not interfere with any scheduled program activities.
Can you accommodate students with food allergies or other special needs?
Yes, upon admission into the program, students will be asked to provide health information and information regarding any other specific needs. The Summer Humanities Institute administrative staff will work with students to plan necessary accommodations.
Does the program provide airport transportation to and from Stanford?
The Summer Humanities Institute provides transportation from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for participants on designated arrival and departure days only. Students flying into San Francisco who are taking advantage of transportation provided by Summer Humanities Institute must arrive and depart on the designated days for the session they are attending. The Summer Humanities Institute is not able to provide transportation for students if they arrive on other days.
Students who are admitted to the program will be given detailed information regarding the procedure for airport transportation. Students using the airport shuttle service will provide their flight information to the Summer Humanities Institute, and Summer Humanities Institute staff members will receive students at the airport and accompany them back to Stanford University. The Summer Humanities Institute also provides transportation to take students to the San Francisco airport on the day of departure. The use of airport shuttle service on Arrival and Departure days is included in Summer Humanities Institute tuition.
Can I participate in other camps while I am attending the Summer Humanities Institute?
No. The Summer Humanities Institute is an intensive, full-time program, so students are expected to participate in all course and program activities for the duration of the session. Students are required to arrive on the first day of the program and depart on the last day; late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.