Stanford university requirements for international students 2022/2023

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Stanford university requirements for international students 2022/2023

Stanford university requirements for international students 2022/2023

The characteristics of a national educational system, the sort of school attended, and the quality of studies completed are all factors in Stanford’s evaluation of a foreign degree. The following standards outline the minimal degree of study required of applicants from accredited academic institutions outside of the United States.

Minimum level of study required of applicants of who wish to apply for graduate study at Stanford:

Britain British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.
France Diplome d’Ingenieur from grandes écoles, or completion of two years of classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree. Otherwise, Maitrise from universities.
Germany The diplom, magister artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
Other European countries University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
Middle East University degree requiring four years of study.
Canada Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.
Latin America University degree requiring four years of study.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; or four-year bachelor’s degree.  (Note: A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.)
Oceania Bachelor’s Degree (four years) or Bachelor’s Degree (Honours). For French Polynesia, see the minimum qualifications for France.
Philippines Four-year bachelor’s degree.
Russian republics University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).
Other Asian countries University degree requiring four years of study.
African countries Four-year bachelor’s, bachelor’s with honours, or maitrise

Note to International Applicants

  • Academic records should give detailed information on the content and quality of your performance, courses taken each year, and grades received. The grading scale of the institution and your rank in class should be noted whenever possible.
  • Degrees must be verified by official copies of diplomas or conferral statements on academic records.
  • Academic records must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer.
  • If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We accept translations issued by the institution or a professional translating service. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records.

The University reserves the right to require additional academic documents. If we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents, we may ask you to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.


  • In order to register as students, the University requires that all those who are not U.S. citizens or registered U.S. Permanent Residents obtain and maintain an appropriate visa status for their stay in the United States.
  • The F-1 Student Visa is obtained with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility which is issued by Stanford.
  • The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is obtained with an DS-2019, which is issued by Stanford or a sponsoring U.S. agency.
  • Certificates of eligibility (I-20/DS-2019) are issued to International students who have accepted our offer of admission, met the English language proficiency requirement, and verified sufficient financial resources for at least one academic year.
  • Students who are on visas must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment and are subject to U.S. Immigration laws covering such items as employment on and off campus, change of degree, transfer of school, and extension of study.
  • See the Bechtel International Center website for additional information on visas.

English Proficiency

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Evidence of adequate English proficiency must be submitted before enrollment is approved by Graduate Admissions. International students enrolled at Stanford must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions, and express thoughts quickly and clearly in spoken and written English.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English. For detailed information, see the TOEFL information in Required Exams.

English Language Proficiency Program

Stanford University offers a six-week Intensive English and Academic Orientation Program in the summer for students who plan to begin graduate study in the autumn quarter.

Stanford English Placement Test

The English for Foreign Students Office administers an English placement test at the beginning of each quarter. This test may be a required condition of admission for students whose native language is not English.

  • The test assesses the ability to understand, speak, and write American English with particular emphasis on active speaking and writing.
  • Results are evaluated in terms of the students’ intended academic programs at Stanford and the University’s requirements for that program.
  • The results of the test determine whether students will be required to take courses in English in addition to their academic courses.
  • Completion of a degree program may be lengthened if the English courses are required.
  • Students who hold teaching assistantships or who are enrolled in a PhD program that has a teaching requirement will be evaluated in a separate test for oral communication in English.
  • A special English course for teaching assistantships is available for students who are found to need additional language training before beginning their teaching assignments.

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