Overseas Seminars Overview

Overseas Seminars are an exciting and rewarding way to engage in short-term study abroad with Stanford University. Taught and led by Stanford faculty, these three-four-week seminars are specifically designed to integrate course content and program location.  

Program Structure

Overseas Seminars are three or four-week courses that take place over the summer, providing alternative study abroad opportunities for Stanford undergraduates. Students receive two units of credit as part of Summer quarter.  Seminars are taught and led by Stanford faculty at various locations around the world that have direct relevance to the course content. Seminar locations and topics change every year. 

Each seminar is limited to 12-15 students. Grading basis is either mandatory satisfactory/no credit (S/NC) or mandatory letter grade as determined by each faculty leader.

Find out more about each seminar by exploring the seminar locations.

Eligibility

Determine eligibility by reading through Step 1 of the Application Process.

Cost

Participating students pay a seminar fee that covers lodging and meals during the seminar, as well as any activities that are part of the class itself. Beginning with airport transfers on the seminar arrival date, until breakfast on the seminar departure date: all meals, lodging & transportation for the course are covered by BOSP.

Cost to Student =  $600 Seminar Fee (3-week program) or $800 (4-week program) 

The seminar fee does not cover:

  • International travel costs to and from the seminar location
  • Visa costs 
  • Pre-departure immunization/vaccination costs
  • Course materials
  • International health insurance
  • In-country cell phone costs
  • Other incidental expenses (such as: laundry and souvenirs)

Some financial assistance towards the seminar fee may be available from BOSP for students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Students will be notified by BOSP regarding their eligibility for a fee waiver after they get accepted or waitlisted for a specific seminar. Students have until the withdrawal deadline (March 15, 2018) to withdraw without a financial penalty. Please contact the Financial Aid Office directly if you wish to discuss the possibility of taking out student loans to cover program costs.

Expectations and Preparation

All seminar participants are required to attend the entire seminar, from the scheduled arrival date/time through the scheduled departure date/time. Prior to their seminars, BOSP and faculty leaders conduct a series of mandatory orientation sessions, which includes an online orientation module and two orienation meetings during Winter and Spring Quarter. Some faculty leaders may also offer a required pre-seminar course and/or additional meetings, so that students are more academically and culturally prepared. These meetings also provide excellent opportunities for students to interact with other seminar participants before they go overseas.

Program Modification and Cancelation

Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify the seminar before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, low enrollment, or unavailability of facilities or personnel or compliance with the University travel policy. The specific seminar dates, itineraries, locations, facilities, and activities are subject to change depending on available resources at the time, safety and security sitautions on the ground, and other important considerations that may arise for a successful implementation of the seminar.