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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: We will do our best to work with you and your department.

Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.


International students are not eligible for loans from Stanford or from U.S. government agencies. Because of academic pressure, visa restrictions, and a competitive job market, part-time employment should not be anticipated as a major funding source. Summer employment has also become increasingly difficult to obtain and is subject to limitations set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Practical training following completion of an academic program is also limited by immigration regulations, the job market, and some state and industry policies prohibiting the employment of foreign citizens.

Expenses for International Students

International students must show evidence of financial support sufficient to cover the Graduate Student Expense Budget plus relocation costs of at least $500 for a single student. This total amount is required for verification of funds for visa authorization.

Additional funds are required for students who have dependents. Include the relocation setup costs and living expenses for dependents in the total amount required for verification of funds for visa authorization. These additional expenses are the responsibility of the student and not part of the financial support outlined in the admission letter.

Students who sign up for the intensive summer English program, EFS 688, must provide additional funding also. Please see this page of the EFS (English for Foreign Students) web site for the estimated costs of that program: EFS 688 Application Information.