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Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a three-week residential program where rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by Stanford professors.

Become a Humanities Scholar

Grow as a scholar, writer, and global citizen this summer. Stanford Summer Humanities Institute empowers participants to gain a better sense of the world through exploring the humanities. Participants will engage with the breadth of topics within the humanities, from politics to literature to philosophy.

Live in a vibrant, intellectual community on Stanford University’s campus for three weeks.
Stanford Faculty
Stanford professors lead all of the courses with talented graduate students, sharing their expertise and passions with participants.
Passionate Peers
Study alongside fellow participants interested in better understanding contemporary society and global history.
Unique Courses
Participants will be admitted to one of the courses they ranked in their application. These courses will offer in depth exploration of the stated topic. Course topics range from the American Enlightenment, ancient Greek philosophy, the repatriation of museum-held artifacts, and more.
Discover Academic Freedom
Explore the humanities at a college level, investigate philosophical questions, and pursue exciting research topics that are chosen by each participant.

Application Now Closed

Our application for the 2024 Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

2024 Program Dates

Courses will be offered across two sessions. Each session runs for three weeks, with courses meeting Monday–Friday. Students participate in field trips and organized activities on the weekends. Participants will only be admitted to one course.
Session One
June 23, 2024 - July 12, 2024*

Arrival Day: June 23, 2024
Departure Day: July 12, 2024

*Note: Due to the immersive nature of this program and limited duration of the program, class will meet as scheduled on July 4, 2024 during Session I.
Session Two
July 14, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Arrival Day: July 14, 2024
Departure Day: August 2, 2024

Attendance Policy

Participants must be fully involved in the program and should be present for all program activities. Students are required to arrive on designated arrival dates and remain until the end of the program. All activities, including co-curricular programming, are designed to provide participants with a well-rounded experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Participants should only miss scheduled activities for health reasons, religious observances, or family emergencies.

The Humanities Thrive at Stanford

Impactful Topics

Stanford faculty and staff talk about the impact of the humanities for high school students.

The goal of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is to bring together high school students who are particularly interested in the humanities so that they can experience what a humanities class and what humanities research is like at a strong research university.

Professor Dan Edelstein

French Department, Stanford University

Program Highlights