Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes


• East China:Miss. Huang 18321917128

• North and Northeast China:Miss. Zhuang 18610343436

• South and Southwest China:Miss. Gan 18680339509

• Northwest and Central China:Miss. Xiang 18511205521

• Educational Institution Cooperation:Miss. Ma 18500303171

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Experience American university life at Stanford

Provide academic opportunities that may not be present in a student's regular school

Allow students to engage in a transformational educational experience

Break the mold of the traditional classroom curriculum and methodologies

Interact with other students from around the world and learn about their cultures


“It has been delightful to see these students from around the world come together with shared talents and interests.”

Rick Sommer

Executive Director

Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes

  • Motivated pre-college students who attend the Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes will be intellectually challenged, and they will develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. The program helps to foster a passion for intellectual pursuit. The International Institutes provide an American college-life experience and helps students understand the admissions process for U.S. colleges and universities.
  • One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity for students to interact with other students from around the world and learn about their cultures. Each student will also have the chance to share information about their home country and culture through various organized activities.

Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. Stanford is a world leader among academic institutions, known for educating the brightest students, for shaping the world through ground-breaking research, and for building a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Stanford is a leader in engineering, science, technology, medicine, law, business, humanities, and the arts.

Academic Content

The academic program exposes students to university-level content and teaching styles in a classroom that fosters communication, innovation, and creativity. Courses, labs, and workshops draw on a range of subjects taught in the Stanford Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Business.

2017 Course Offerings


Entrepreneurship / Leadership / Design Thinking


Neurosciences (Digital Anatomy Lab) / Environmental Science


Mathematical Logic / Robotics


Anthropology / Non-Verbal Communication / Creative Writing

Course Descriptions (Sample)


In the context of studying human culture, students will explore how anthropology relates to contemporary human problems. Students in this course will learn to support arguments about our world with concrete examples from different cultures, and to understand cultural practices as solutions to various human needs.

Business & Entrepreneurship

This course provides students with an intensive introduction to the core business disciplines including strategy, marketing, innovation, investments, finance, and entrepreneurship. Students will then apply these ideas to a range of research assignments and creative projects similar to those seen in undergraduate and graduate-level business courses.

Design Thinking

You will learn the design thinking process by tackling a real world innovation challenge. As preparation for each stage of the challenge, you will explore the main design thinking concepts through short videos, each paired with brief activities to practice relevant methods and approaches. By the end of the course, students will have learned through experience the mindsets and basic tools for each stage of the design thinking process:
Empathize: understanding the needs of those you are designing for.
Define: framing problems as opportunities for creative solutions.
Ideate: generating a range of possible solutions.
Prototype: communicating the core elements of solutions to others.
Test: learning what works and doesn’t work to improve solutions.

Mathematical Logic

This course is for those who delight in solving challenging math problems and who would like to further develop both their problem-solving and their logical-reasoning skills. Problem solving is the activity of the mathematician, and logical reasoning is the framework for this activity. Here we give an introductory course in logic, drawing from examples outside of mathematics but focusing on the use of logic within mathematics. Students are introduced to the basics of propositional and first-order logic, and this gives them access to formal notions of familiar logical methods.

Environmental Science

In this course students explore a range of fields of study that focus on the environment, and may include topics such as energy resource engineering, climate change, sustainability and green technologies, marine biology, the water cycle, and other related fields. The course may include guest lectures and course-related field trips throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Creative Writing

In this course, students develop the imaginative, critical, and technical skills necessary for writing fiction and poetry. Using the published work of well-known authors as well as original student writing, students explore various topics and problems that face anyone embarking on the creative-writing process. Students read texts as writers, not as critics or historians of literature.


Artificial Intelligence has been a goal of computer science ever since the dawn of computing. This course will explore some of the modern computational techniques used to engineer machines capable of rational decision making, perception, and learning. Topics will include knowledge representation, logic, search algorithms, constraint-satisfaction problems, and machine learning. Students will have hands-on programming assignments to implement many of the algorithms introduced in the course.

Student Life

  • Living at Stanford: Students will be exposed to the experience of American college life experience by living in Stanford While groups from other countries will participate in the program at the same time, the International Institutes will strive to place each group within a single dormitory.
  • Dining Halls & Meals: Students will eat in the Stanford cafeteria-style dining halls, which serve a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mid-afternoon snacks are served daily at the residences. Special catered dinners are typically provided once per week.
  • Explore Stanford & the Bay Area: The program takes advantage of the rich resources of the San Francisco Bay Area, and can include visits to top universities such as the University of California Berkeley, the city of San Francisco and the California Coast.

Activities & Cultural Exchange

  • Hoover Tower - "Library of War, Revolution and Peace"
  • Cantor Arts Center - Large-scale exhibition of contemporary art
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - One of the filming locations of “Star Trek”
  • University of California Berkeley - a top university visit
  • Digital Anatomy Lab
  • Computer History Museum - Home to the largest international collection of computing artefacts in the world
  • San Francisco Field Trip - Embarcadero, Ferry Building, Shopping, Golden Gate Bridge

Sample Schedule

* Schedule may vary according to the organizer


Our Story

Our Story of 2016

Frances(彭麟荃), 2016

“This Summer program is amazing because we have met people from many countries like Cyprus, Japan, and Canada. We also have some pretty good academic experiences, taking a bunch of classes I've never taken before, which enables me to know more of my interests and aid me to discover what my real passion is.”

Blair(张苧月), 2016

“I think the most important or characteristic thing that I learned from either Stanford teachers or students is their passion. Passion to learn, to explore, to insist on what they truly love. I won't forget this kind of contagious passion and self-motivation, and keep it mind in my further learning process and lifetime.”

Ferry(付雷), 2016

“The most impressive activity I have is the hiking. A big group of students walked together, singing, talking. Counselors like Tyler give me a lot of advice on how to get into the best college like this. I have learnt that only with a group of people together, can we have the chance to be much stronger.”

Lychee(李依宸), 2016

“This program provides the opportunity for all of us to be well-rounded people by dipping into various courses. On the top of this, what is not supposed to be neglected is the exchange of ideas between different countries, allowing us to look into their cultures. Collectively, this is the most crucial to lift our horizons.”

Amanda(沈懿珊), 2016

“I had a great time here in Stanford. I enjoy all the lectures and activities, especially fountain hopping. All people here, including the counselors are super nice. I hope that I'll have chance to meet them again. This summer is so remarkable and unforgettable to me.”

Tang(唐朝阳), 2016

“I like this program not only because of the enjoyment but the learning about life, people, and new knowledge. The robot class impressed me most because I never touched a robot before so that is my first time to get some experience in computing. I like the professor, who is Chinese, because I'm impressed by Stanford diversity, not only students are diverse but professors too.”

Stiles(刘咏怡), 2016

“I had a great time at Stanford, two weeks passed too short, this is one of the best universities not only in the States but in the world. The teachers were all very nice and numerous, the knowledge they taught me was unforgettable - I'm glad that I can take part in this program, and I hope that one day I'll stand in this campus as a student.”

Oscar(梁策), 2016

“Fountain hopping has been my favorite activity because it is the tradition of fresh Stanford students and it is really great fun. In the fountain hopping, everyone gets wet and that make it easier to be friends and improve our relationships here.”

Daniel(项云海), 2016

“It was really nice to make friends with students my age from various cultures,especially the Japanese students with whom I lived with in Tridelt. There were some really decent lectures, all given by awesome professors, as well as loads of activities that were just as exciting.”

Vlad (郝星宇), 2016

“Although I have similar classes in China, classes in Stanford still give me a new chance to learn more about college. My favorite part is in the School of Medicine. They use the latest technology to teach students. That is why I want to become a student of the School of Medicine.”

Joey(潘家懿), 2016

“It was a great pleasure to meet people from America, Canada, China, Cyprus, Japan, etc. I extended my horizons via experiencing numerous cutting-edge technologiesas well as marvelous activities in Stanford. I really enjoy my time in here. And, at last, I hope all of you a bright future.”

Our Story of 2015

Japanese, 2015

“We could talk with a lot of people from various countries and know their culture.”

Chilean, 2015

“It is very hard to choose. I met lots of new incredible people, I had a great time during class and out of class, and I learned many things I couldn't learn anywhere else. The quality of everything was very good and I enjoyed every moment..”

Australian, 2015

“This has been an amazing experience for me and I would like to thank everyone for allowing Scotch to go.”

Indian, 2015

“The classes were amazing, especially Intuitive Problem Solving and the Leadership class.”



Application Timeline (2017)

1. Application and Selection (January, February, March, April)
2. Register and Payment (January, February, March, April)
3. Visa (April and May)
4. Cross Culture Communication online training (April and May)
5. Academic Preparation (June and July)
6. Arrive in America (August)
7. Return to China(August)


8th - 20th Aug 2017

Admission Quotas

40 High School Students (age range: 14 - 17)


  • Students who have entered the final round of ASDAN-related competitions or an alternative.
  • Students who have gained an ASDAN CoPE / AoPE certificate.
  • A recommendation letter from your teacher is required to prove your English proficiency as the program is conducted entirely in English and a phone interview with an international staff at ASDAN is required.