Daily Schedule

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

Typical Weekday Schedule

8 – 9am


9 – 11:30am

Instructor-led classroom session that includes lecture, small group discussions and some individual work

11:30am – 12:30pm


12:30 – 3:30pm

Lectures, guided study and small group sessions

3:30 – 4pm

Snack break

4 – 6:00pm

Selected organized activities such as: indoor and outdoor games, sports, arts and crafts, local excursions, etc.

6 – 7pm


7 – 9:30pm

Free time for informal study, activities organized by residential staff


All students must be in their residence


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, students 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 for students to choose from, including sports, games, arts and crafts, local excursions to downtown Palo Alto or the Stanford Shopping Center, and other group activities which allow students to get to know other Summer Institutes students outside of their residence and course. All activities are supervised by the Residential Counselors.
  • Evenings allow students 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 exciting cultural and natural attractions are scheduled for one day each weekend, and the other weekend day will have open-ended free time as well as an offering of enjoyable activities.