In our admission process, we consider any student who is neither a U.S. citizen nor U.S. permanent resident to be an international student. International students have been an integral part of the university from its inception. Stanford is committed to enrolling a student body that includes students from around the world. The interactions among students with different backgrounds and experiences create a dynamic environment in which to learn and live.
Members of our admission staff specialize in evaluating educational systems from countries around the world and will consider your application within the context of the resources available to you. We recognize the educational procedures within your school and country as well as cultural and regional differences. Regardless of citizenship, applicants are reviewed in the context and country where they attend high school.
Submitting Your Application
The application process is the same for all applicants regardless of citizenship or country of residence. Review and follow our Freshman Application Instructions or our Transfer Application Instructions.
Stanford is committed to meeting demonstrated financial need for all admitted students (regardless of citizenship) who have requested financial aid during the application process.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or an undocumented student, your request for financial aid will be a factor in our admission evaluation. While financial aid resources are limited for international citizens, Stanford does offer admission to a number of these applicants each year. International citizens who indicate on their applications that they will not be applying for financial aid and subsequently are admitted are not eligible to apply for financial aid at any time during their four years at Stanford. However, if your citizenship status changes during the time you are enrolled as an undergraduate, and you become eligible for federal student aid, you may also be considered for need-based financial aid starting in the quarter during which your citizenship status changes.
Stanford is need-blind for all U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and undocumented students regardless of where they attend high school. This means a request for financial aid will not be a factor in our admission evaluation. Visit our financial aid website for more information and to find the required application forms.
Non-U.S. Educational Systems
Official documents that note your grades, marks, or any predictions are required and must be sent directly from your school as part of your application. There is no need to have your marks converted into an American GPA.
While there are no courses or minimum scores required to secure admission to Stanford, we recommend completing the necessary coursework to apply to a university program for a bachelor's degree in your home country.
To learn more about our selection process and the recommended high school curriculum, please see our suggestions for Academic Preparation.
Official copies of your original transcripts and teacher evaluations are required. These must also be translated into English and copies of the translated documents must be provided with your application. Translations may not be completed by the applicant. However, we encourage applicants to utilize other resources available to them—such as English teachers or school administrators—to provide such translations.
The SAT or the ACT is required for all undergraduate applicants. We do not accept alternate exam scores in lieu of either the ACT or the SAT. If no sittings of these tests are offered in your country, you may request a testing waiver. The request must be submitted by a school official in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), mail or fax: (+1) (650) 723-6050. Include your full legal name, school name and date of birth at the top of the letter. No form is required. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Fluency in English is a prerequisite for undergraduate admission at Stanford. However, we do not require that you take any standardized tests to demonstrate your English skills. While these exams are useful in helping us determine our applicants’ English proficiency, you may feel your fluency will be clear in other aspects of your application. Generally, we receive English proficiency exam results (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, etc.) from applicants whose native language is not English and/or the primary language of instruction at their secondary school is not English.
Refer to Testing for general guidelines.
Note: Stanford reviews applications using either official or self-reported test scores for all applicants. Please self-report your highest scores in the Testing section of either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. All official scores will be required if you are offered admission and choose to enroll.
Applicants who are international citizens will receive information detailing the student visa application process if offered admission to Stanford. To learn more about how Stanford supports its international and immigrant communities please visit the Stanford Immigration website .
Bechtel International Center
Stanford's international community adds vibrancy to our campus, and they find themselves at home in the dorms and classrooms. International students hail from around the world, speak a variety of languages and offer unique cultural perspectives. To see a sampling of some of the international student groups on campus and the many networks of support available to this community, please visit the Bechtel International Center website.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission does not partner or work with paid agents or credentialing services. It is expected that all students complete their application materials without the use of such services.