Daily Schedule

Institutes participants have full schedules which incorporate the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the program into each day.

Typical Weekday Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 am–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am–11:30 am Instructor-led classroom session that includes lecture, small group discussions, and some individual work
11:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm–4:00 pm Lectures, guided study, and small group sessions
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Snack break
4:30 pm–6:00 pm Selected organized activities such as indoor and outdoor games, sports, arts and crafts, local excursions, etc.
6:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm–9:30 pm Free time for informal study, activities organized by residential staff
9:30 pm All participants must be in their residence
11:00 pm Lights out (on Fridays and Saturdays this may be one hour later)

Schedule Details

  • Morning classes are taught in Stanford classrooms or other instructional spaces, and are led by the course instructor.
  • After lunch, participants may attend a study session supervised by the Teaching Assistants, and typically held in their residences. These sessions usually consist of one-on-one conferences, small group discussion sessions, projects, labs, or independent work.
  • The afternoon activity period provides a range of options including sports, games, arts and crafts, local excursions to downtown Palo Alto or the Stanford Shopping Center, and other group activities that allow participants to get to know other Summer Institutes participants outside their residence and course. All activities are supervised by the Residential Counselors.
  • Evenings allow participants unstructured time to continue work on course assignments, relax with friends, watch movies, or take part in cluster-wide activities such as talent shows and dances, which are held each session.


Field trips to cultural and natural attractions are scheduled for one day each weekend. The other weekend day will offer open-ended free time as well as a choice of activities.