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Academy Prêt



For High School Students

Notice: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be available for 2020 summer via online platform only. 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes Online and Academy Prêt are excited to offer a two-week intensive course to academically talented high school students. 

Online Academic Enrichment

Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics. 

The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.

Real-Time Online Instruction

Courses meet for two hours each day (Monday - Friday) for live classroom discussion with their instructor and peers. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments tailored to each course. 

College Level Workload

Similar to what they would experience in a college course, students can expect a heavy workload of assignments to work on outside of the live class meeting times. Coursework may in crude assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more. 

Active Student Engagement

Active participation is key to creating an online community of engaged learners, and students are expected to participate in class and to collaborate with their peers and instructors. Outside of the academic context, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and activities. 

Engaging Student Life

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies seeks to not only provide enriching academic experiences, but also to facilitate engaging learning communities that foster critical thinking, promote personal growth, and inspire lifelong learning outside of the classroom. Our online program will incorporate a robust student life component to complement the academic coursework of the program. 


A Taste of College Life

Learn about college life in the United States and hear from Stanford community members about their college experiences.


Build Connections Around the World

Meet participants from other countries while participating in exciting events like orientation and commencement.


Student Life Workshops

Participate in a series of personal development workshops and engage with a community of peers from around the world. 

2020 Program, Dates and Schedule

Session Dates

Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 14, 2020

Class schedule

Class schedule will be posted soon! To be the first to receive the most up to date information, register your interest by sending us an email at:

Program Cost

We will be announcing the program cost details along with the class schedule shortly.

Daily Expectations

In general, participants can expect to have roughly 3-5 hours of academic work per weekday, in addition to the daily live class period. Outside of the scheduled class period, participants are able to set their own schedule for when they complete assignments, which could include assigned readings, pre-recorded lecture videos, or working on group projects. 

Online Classroom Technology Requirements

  • Computer
    Participants will need to have daily access to a computer that is capable of running the latest versions of internet browsers, plug-ins, and software. 


  • Internet Connection
    Participants will need to be connected to high-speed internet that will support interactive audio and video.


  • Webcam
    Participants should have a webcam to support daily participation in class.

  • Microphone
    If you are using a laptop with a built-in microphone, we recommend that you use headphones during live class sessions to avoid echo or feedback. If possible, we suggest that you use a USB-based headset with a microphone for clear audio when participating in class.


  • Suitable Learning Environment 
    Do you best to choose a comfortable, distraction-free learning space for the live class meeting times. Keep in mind that the setting should be appropriate for interacting with instructors and fellow students on camera.

Application Process

Student Selection 

15 students will be selected based on academic standing and potential. 

Students currently attending Grades 9 - 12 (as of August 2020) are eligible to apply. 

Students are welcome from Singapore, Korea and anywhere in the world - please note classes will be conducted in the Asia time zone.  

Application Process 

Students must submit the following by June 15, 2020: 

  • Application form

  • Application mini-essay: Who or what has inspired you, and why? 
    Maximum 200 words 

  • Application fee

Application Deadlines

Applications Open:                            May 25, 2020

Applications Due:                               June 15, 2020

Student Selections Announced:       June 30, 2020 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes courses? 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes instructors are primarily Stanford University affiliates selected for expertise in their fields as well as their ability and experience in teaching students in the International Institute age range. Our instructors are active researchers and design custom courses that provide a deep dive in their area of expertise and highlight new areas of research. 

Students are further supported with the guidance and mentorship of Academy Prêt tutors for their individual and group project work. 

Do Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program participants receive grades or credit? 

We do not provide course grades or credits for completing a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program. Our summer courses are for enrichment purposes only. After the conclusion of the program, participants are sent a written evaluation from their instructor and a certificate of completion. 

Other Questions? 
Please contact for more information. 

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