Arriving at Stanford

An Orientation Guide for New International Students & Scholars


Welcome to Stanford!

The staff of the Bechtel International Center (I-Center) and the members of the Community Committee for International Students (CCIS) would like to welcome you to Stanford University. We hope that your stay at Stanford will be rewarding and enjoyable. This guide has been prepared to answer your initial questions. For comprehensive information for both new and continuing members of the Stanford community, please refer to our Resources page.

The I-Center provides information on a wide range of issues that are important to international students, scholars, and their families: immigration matters, social and cultural concerns, and personal issues. In addition, the I-Center offers programs and events to help our international community adjust to life in the U.S. The staff and volunteers at the I-Center are here to assist you, and we hope that you will bring your questions and concerns to us.

The I-Center also extends a warm welcome to the families and partners of international students and scholars at Stanford. It is our hope that your time at Stanford will be an enriching experience for every member of your family.

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Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students



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  • This page addresses such issues as purchasing health insurance and where to obtain medical services.


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This section of our website is rich with resources and practical information targeted to spouses, partners and families of students and scholars at Stanford. Information can be found on topics such as how family members can access Stanford facilities, educational/recreational opportunities, resources for families with children, and even renting household furnishings.









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