Dear Fellow Iranian Student
On behalf of the Persian Student Association (PSA), we would like to welcome you to Stanford. We hope your stay here will be enjoyable, fruitful and extraordinary!
PSA is a student organization with more than 300 members! PSA organizes numerous cultural, professional, and also entertaining activities throughout the academic year and is considered one of the university’s most active student organizations.
As a part of your admission package, you have already received a lot of information from the University as well as the Bechtel International Center. Please be sure to read this information carefully. Here are two other sources out together by the Persian Student Association to help you with logistics:
- A few important points before your trip (Farsi) Last Update: 2008
- A few important points before your trip (English) Last Update: 2008
We would also like to draw your attention to a few specific issues that you will be facing when you arrive at Stanford
Since medical examinations are rather expensive here, it is important to bring along the X-rays and clinical test results that have been requested by Stanford’s Medical Center. You will also find it beneficial to get the required vaccinations before arriving at Stanford. Please note that your Stanford health insurance will not cover eye examination costs; as such, it is important to have your teeth and eyes examined before arriving at Stanford.
What to bring
You may not have enough time for extensive shopping during your first year at Stanford; thus, it would help to bring along some extra clothing and personal items.
The temperature drops down to the freezing point in the winter. While it never snows, it does rain frequently between November and April. In the summer, it is quite hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The temperature usually changes a fair amount from day to night (e.g. it can get hot and sunny during the day and chilly at night). Therefore, it helps to wear layers of clothing. As to personal needs, it would be helpful for you to bring a towel and bed sheet, too.
How to get to the Stanford campus from the airport
If you have a homestay arranged (we highly recommend this wonderful opportunity – you can find out about this in your admission package!), have your homestay hosts pick you up at the airport. Otherwise, please feel free to contact us (contact information is listed below) ahead of time and provide us with your flight schedule. We will welcome you at the airport and drive you back to the campus together.
What to do after you arrive on Campus
Once you arrive on campus, we encourage you to contact other students here in order to familiarize yourself with banking, transportation, social security, housing and shopping options. Also, plan to attend PSA events so that you may meet senior students who will help you get adjusted.
As it has been the case for all of us, you may come up with more questions. If so, do not hesitate to contact us; we will be more than happy to assist you. The contact persons are listed below. Feel free to send us e-mail at psa-admin@lists.Stanford.edu or using our contact page. You may also visit our website at for more information.
We are looking forward to meeting you soon! Have a safe trip!