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Student Life FAQ

What is a day in the life of a BSIW Program student like?

Busy! Exciting! Challenging! Fulfilling!

7 AM – 8 AM

Wake up and eat breakfast with other students in the dining room while scanning the newspapers

8 AM – 9 AM

Hop on the Metro or a MetroBus for the ride to work

9AM – 9:30 AM

Arrive at internship – check in with supervisor and get to work

12PM – 1PM

Have lunch with coworkers or other Stanford interns working nearby

5PM – 6PM

Head home after a long day at the office

6:30PM – 7:30PM

Eat dinner with other students and instructors in the dining room

7PM – 7:30PM

Meet for class

9PM – 9:30PM

Finish class – head to bed, watch a favorite show, do some homework, catch up on email, etc…


You should be sound asleep and if you’re not you’ll certainly regret it at work the next morning

If it’s Friday or Saturday… We may be heading to a cultural event in the evening or on a day trip in the morning.

How much free time will I have?

The short answer is not much. However, if you manage your time well you should have opportunities on the weekends to explore Washington. It really depends on how well you manage your time and if you make getting to know the city a priority.

Can SIW accommodate varsity athletes?

Of course! Many varsity athletes have attended the BSIW Program over the years. Your coach may be able to help you plan a workout schedule, which takes into account your work schedule here in Washington and the availability of exercise facilities. There is a small gym in the SIW building and we also have a relationship with the Marriott Wardman Park Fitness Center, which has a much larger gym across the street. There are also many great places to run in the area.

Can SIW accommodate disabled students?

SIW is entirely handicapped accessible. We have ramps and elevators, which provide wheelchair access to the entire building. There is also a wheelchair accessible shower in one of the student rooms. We also have one single for students. To qualify for the single, the Office of Accessible Education on the main campus must grant you a single.

Can I bring a car to SIW?

No! For more information on car alternatives, please visit Getting Around.