Student Life

Daily schedule

Summer Humanities Institute students have full schedules that incorporate the academic, social, and cultural aspects of the program into each day. Here is a typical weekday schedule:

8:30-9:15 AM Breakfast
9:30-11:45 AM Faculty lecture and small group discussion
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch
1:00-2:30 PM Discussion sections lead by Teaching Assistants
2:30-4:00 PM Designated study period
4:00-4:30 PM Snack break
4:30-6:00 PM Selected organized activities: sports, games, music, art, Stanford-area excursions, etc.
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-10:00 PM Free time for informal study, organized activities such as: games, music, dance, art, etc.
10:00 PM All students must be in their residence
11:00 PM Lights out (on Fridays and Saturdays this may be one hour later)
  • Morning classes are taught in Stanford classrooms, and are led by the course instructor.
  • After lunch, students 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, 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 that allow students to get to know other 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 organized activities.

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.


Summer Humanities Institute participants are housed in residences that are used by Stanford undergraduates during the regular school year. Participants will live in one or more residences, along with the residential counselors who serve as teaching assistants for that course. Residences range in size, housing between 20 and 40 students and between 5 and 7 residential staff members. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.


Summer Humanities Institute students eat in Stanford dining halls that serve a range of healthy options, cafeteria style, for each meal. Additional special meals, like weekly catered dinners will be provided to the students. The program also provides an afternoon snack to refresh students following the afternoon study session. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, and the cafeteria always has a vegetarian and a vegan option. Students accepted into the program will be asked to provide information on dietary restrictions.