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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

The Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) is a collection of accelerated, week-long courses held two weeks before Autumn Quarter. And it's free!

At SGSI, you can explore new subjects, experiment with new ideas, and meet new people, expanding your community for the years to come.

Courses are immersive. You won’t earn credits, but did we mention that they’re free?!

SGSI 2021 is closed and now long accepting applications.

For questions, please contact vpgeapplications


When is it?

SGSI happens two weeks before Autumn Quarter begins so that you can immerse yourself without academic-year pressures. This year, SGSI will take place during the week of September 7, 2021. Some course schedules may vary, so please review each course’s specific schedule carefully and cross-reference with your calendar to ensure you can fully commit to your intended course.

Who can participate?

SGSI is open to current and incoming graduate and professional students who will be enrolled in a degree program in Autumn 2021. Each course is different, so check out their pages to learn more about their desired audience. Postdoctoral scholars will be invited to apply starting in mid-June.

Will SGSI be in-person in 2021?

We are excited that SGSI 2021 will be in-person. Although some courses may still incorporate synchronous, virtual delivery depending on format and class size, students are required to be on campus during SGSI.

This is subject to change pending public health and university guidelines at that time. We will keep students informed of any changes promptly. 

What if I need to miss a day?

VPGE and SGSI instructors make every effort to accommodate participants who must miss part of SGSI due to foreseen circumstances such as religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances such as family emergencies. If you realize you will have a conflict with any part of SGSI, please email as soon as possible so that we can communicate directly with you about your options. 

NOTE: Rosh Hashanah falls over SGSI 2021, so consider that if you observe that religious holiday.

When is the deadline?

The priority deadline for applying to SGSI is Sunday, May 9, 2021. However, courses will accept applications until they are full. Courses that have been closed will be identified on the course description page. The application will close for good on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. 

How do I apply?

Read the course descriptions and click the Apply button to begin. You will be asked for your 1st and 2nd choice courses and to briefly describe your interest in each course.

NOTE: You’ll need a Stanford University Network ID (SUNet ID) and password to apply. Set one up your account here: All SGSI correspondence will be sent to your Stanford email account, so make sure to check it!

How do I select courses? Are there prerequisites?

All SGSI courses run concurrently, although individual course schedules may vary. Select and apply for up to two courses that best match your interests and schedule. If you are accepted, you’ll be enrolled in one course for the duration of SGSI. There are no prerequisites for participation.

In extreme cases, a course may be canceled. If you are enrolled in or have a pending application in a canceled course, you will be notified immediately and offered a spot in other courses where possible.

How do I confirm my commitment to a course?

You will be notified by email that you’ve been accepted to a course. From there, you will need to confirm your participation by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement. It authorizes VPGE to charge $100 to your Stanford bill if you do not fully participate in SGSI or if you fail to communicate about any conflicts that may arise. Please confirm your participation promptly, otherwise, your slot may be given to another student.

If I participate in SGSI, can I move into my university housing assignment early?

Yes. University housing is aware of SGSI and has worked with participants in the past to arrange move-in dates that allow them to be fully moved in by the time SGSI begins. Please note that participating in SGSI may require an earlier move-in date than you were anticipating, resulting in additional housing costs. Please contact Stanford Student Housing for any housing-related questions you may have.

NOTE (international students): The 30-day window allotted for you to arrive in the US before the start of your graduate program is sufficient for your participation in SGSI. You do not need to request an earlier date of entry.

Do the courses offer credit or have any fees?

SGSI courses are free and do not offer grades or credit. Courses won’t show up on your transcript, though you can list them on your resume or curriculum vitae.

Is it part of the Summer academic session?

No, SGSI is not a part of the Summer academic session. Rather, it is considered an early fall quarter program similar to NGSO.

Is Stanford Ignite part of SGSI?

No. Stanford Ignite is a separate program and it is not free. Learn more here.

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