Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes

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.

2018 Course Offerings (Sample)



Entrepreneurship / Leadership / Design Thinking


Neurosciences (Digital Anatomy Lab) / Bioscience or Biotechnology / Optical Phenomena


Mathematical Logic / Data Science / Web Design and Development


Creative Writing / Expository Writing


Sample Course Descriptions


Bioscience or Biotechnology

The Bioscience and Biotechnology focuses on applying advanced technologies in combination with experimental and computational methods to solve important national problems in public health, bio-security and energy security. It works at the intersection of these areas using advances in the bioscience, physical sciences, nanotechnology, and imaging and measurement science.

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.

Business & Entrepreneurship

This business focused workshop will cover three topics: product positioning, effective advertising, and career options. Using a variety of activities for hands-on learning, we’ll explore fundamental marketing concepts and imagine future career possibilities.


This course introduces students to the phenomenally complex workings of the human brain. As well as exploring the anatomy of the brain and how it is structured, students will gain an understanding of how the brain handles emotions, memory and other functions.

Creative Writing

In this hands-on, immersive session, students will be asked to expand their understanding of what it means to observe the world around them. Students will discuss a brief reading, engage in writerly observations of the world, and they will emerge from the class having turned their observations into a short, creative piece.

Expository Writing

Just because you’re writing an academic essay doesn’t mean you can’t use tools from creative writing. In fact, using techniques from poetry and fiction writing can drastically improve your academic essays. In this hands-on, interactive, game-based workshop, students will learn three techniques to improve their academic essays. Students will walk away at the end of the day with a better grasp of how to integrate figurative language, linguistic music, and experimentation into their academic writing.

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


Our Story

Chinese Students

I got so excited. We had an introduction class addressed by a professor and then we went to the lab. I read medical books and watched a lot of surgery videos, but that was the first time I held real organs. The organs were so beautiful and that is the reason why we are still alive. Before that day, I knew I'd like to be a cardiologist. After that, I feel much more sure about that. Medicine is what I live for. And I am gonna go for it for the rest of my life. Thanks a lot for offering me such good opportunity to entering this program.


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”

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.”


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.”


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.”

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.”


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.”


International Students

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.”



Project Time

7th - 19th Aug 2018 (13 Days)

Requirement(Students must meet at least one of the following):

  • Awarded students from ASDAN STEM programs.
  • Students who have gained an ASDAN CoPE/AoPE certificate.
  • A command of the English language equivalent to IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 90.
  • As the program is conducted entirely in English, a recommendation letter from your teacher to prove your English ¬proficiency, and a phone interview with an ASDAN staff member are required.

Admission Quota:

  • 30 High School Students
  • Aged between 14 and 17 years old when Stanford takes place - thus date of birth be between the 19/08/2000 and the 07/08/2004. If your birthday is after the 07/08/2004, you should apply for the following year.
  • There are a limited number of places for each course, places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Registration and Payment Process(2018)

Step 1: Application and Selection (from December 2017 to April 2018)
  • Click the Sign up button to sign up, or send the application form to this email address:
Step 2: Qualification Evaluation (from December 2017 to April 2018)
  • Within five working days after the application is received, ASDAN staff will contact the student who signed up, evaluate the qualification or arrange a telephone interview.
Step 3: Confirmation (January to April 2018)
  • After passing the qualification evaluation, the student will sign the contract, pay and select the relevant courses.
Step 4: Visa (April, May, June 2018)
  • ASDAN China will make an appointment and arrange all other visa formalities.
Step 5: Preparation (June, July 2018)
  • ASDAN China will provides online cross-cultural communication training.
  • Provide instruction for students to learn in advance.
  • ASDAN China will provides student guidebook which will give student a detailed instruction about logistics preparation and studying abroad.
Step 6: Study Abroad (August 2018)
  • According to the agreed collection site, ASDAN China’s group leader will collect students to abroad and return to China.