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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.


  • 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. agency.
  • Certificates of eligibility (I-20/DS-2019) are issued to International students who have accepted our offer of admission, met the English language proficiency requirement, and verified sufficient financial resources for at least one academic year.
  • Students who are on visas must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment and are subject to U.S. Immigration laws covering such items as employment on and off campus, change of degree, transfer of school, and extension of study.
  • See the Bechtel International Center website for additional information on visas.