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FAQs

1. When can I apply for SSEA?

The program application will be available in Spring 2020

2. How do I apply?

A link to the application will be posted on this page.

3. Are international students eligible to participate?

Yes, international students may apply and participate in the Summer program! SSEA will cover the round-trip travel costs to attend the program and return home. After a student is admitted to the program (around mid-June), we will coordinate with the Bechtel International Center to make any necessary modifications to their visa (e.g. I-20 start date).

4. What are my chances of being selected?

This year we are able to select ~70 participants. Each year we receive many more applications than we are able to accommodate. However, there are many resources and activities open and available to all undergraduates at Stanford and in the School of Engineering. 

5. Where is SSEA held?

On Stanford campus. You will be staying in one of the on-campus undergraduate residences. Transportation will be provided for all trips & visits off campus.

6. How much does SSEA cost?

Nothing! Round trip travel to and from campus (up to $500), room & board, and excursions are included.

7. I am unable to commit to the entire 4 weeks of SSEA, can I attend only part of it?

No. Building strong relationships within the SSEA community is one of the most important parts of the program, and you will not be able to do this if you do not participate fully. Therefore, we are only accepting applications from students who are able to commit to participate in the entire 4 week experience.

8. What can I expect to learn from the SSEA curriculum?

Formally, you will take a computer science class and a course that aims to reshape your mathematical mindset for success at Stanford. SSEA aims to jumpstart the path towards engineering by building community and introducing you to the resources, key skills, and faculty that will help you flourish at Stanford.

9. Can I credit any of the work I do at SSEA towards my degree at Stanford?

You will receive 3 units of credit in your Fall study list for your participation in SSEA. The units of credit cannot be applied towards any prerequisites or WAYS requirements.

10. Can my parents or friends come and visit me during SSEA?

Parents and family members are welcome to attend the Opening/Welcome Dinner, but we ask that families say their goodbyes after the dinner. If visits are absolutely necessary, special arrangements may be possible.