Interdepartmental Programs

Graduate program contact information for interdepartmental programs in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

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Policy Statements

Statement of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

The Frequently Asked Questions section has been developed to assist you in quickly finding the answers to the most commonly asked questions. The questions are grouped by category. Select from the categories in the menu to the left. 

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International Students

This section describes requirements, resources, and suggestions for international students planning to come to Stanford. It contains the following important information:

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A Letter from the University Registrar

Dear Prospective Stanford Graduate Students,

Congratulations on your offer of admission to Stanford University. I hope you are as excited at the prospect of joining this community of scholars as we are at your joining us on the Stanford campus.

For the great majority of you, this will be your first time attending Stanford. As with any large university, there are things that you need to know about us, and there are things that we need to know about you, in order to make your transition to Stanford a successful one.

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Teaching Assistantships

If you will hold a teaching assistantship appointment and your native language is not English, you will be tested for oral communication by the English for Foreign Students staff before beginning the appointment. See the Screening of International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) page for details. A special English course for teaching assistants may be required if, as a result of this additional test, your English is considered to need further improvement.

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EFS Summer Program

We strongly urge international students to take advantage of every opportunity to become proficient in English, through formal programs or independent study, prior to enrolling at Stanford. An intensive six-week English course is offered at Stanford during the Summer Quarter beginning on July 3rd.

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Respond to an Offer of Financial Aid

Responses to the School of Engineering

To accept the offer of financial aid (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship), follow the instructions sent to you by the department that extended the offer of aid. To request information on the department’s process for accepting the offer of aid, please contact the department. See this list of department contacts.

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Bechtel International Center

The Bechtel International Center is a meeting place for students and scholars from throughout the world and for Americans at Stanford who are interested in international affairs.

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Visas

  • In order to register as students, the University requires that all those who are not U.S. citizens or registered U.S. Permanent Residents obtain and maintain an appropriate visa status for their stay in the United States.
  • The F-1 Student Visa is obtained with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility which is issued by Stanford.
  • The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is obtained with an DS-2019, which is issued by Stanford or a sponsoring U.S.
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