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Summer EFS Courses

Summer English Programs

During the academic year (September-June) EFS courses are restricted to current Stanford students. Summer quarter courses are open to students outside of Stanford who meet the program requirements. We offer the following programs,  which are all taught at an intermediate to advanced level:

EFS 683 and 684 Courses

A collection of five courses for visiting international undergraduates who have been accepted to Stanford Summer Session or the High School Summer College program. Students interested in attending these courses must apply directly to Summer Session: there is no separate EFS application for this program. Applicants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the recommended English levels on the Summer Session website. Click on the title above for additional information.

EFS 687: American Language and Culture (ALC)

A four-week intensive program run in collaboration with VIA, a private, non-profit organization based at Stanford dedicated to Asia/US public service and education. VIA recruits students from select universities in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea for this program. Only limited outside enrollment is possible if space remains after recruitment is complete. Click on the title above for additional information.

EFS 688: Intensive English and Academic Orientation for Foreign Graduate Students

A six-week intensive program in spoken and written English to prepare new graduate students for study at a US university. Separate writing classes for business, humanities/social science, and engineering/science students. The program runs from early July through mid-August. Click on the course title above for more information.

EFS 688V: Intensive English for Visiting Scholars

A six-week intensive program in spoken and written English to prepare visiting professors, researchers, postdocs and other scholars to participate in the academic culture of a US university. The program runs from early July through mid-August. Click on the course title above for more information.

EFS Courses for Continuing Students

During the eight-week summer quarter currently enrolled Stanford graduate students have a variety of spoken and written English courses to choose from, including six-week elective courses (EFS 689) and intensive English courses (EFS 688A and 688B). Eight-week courses follow the regular summer quarter schedule. Six-week elective and intensive courses start at the beginning of week three of summer quarter. See Explore Courses for details.

Note: EFS 688A and 688B courses mix continuing students with incoming graduate students and visiting scholars in the EFS 688 and 688V programs (see above). These courses are generally recommended for students who have just completed their first year of graduate study rather than those who have been here longer.