Life at Stanford & College Facilities

Stanford is some 30 miles south of San Francisco but outside the cooler micro-climate of the Bay Area and therefore benefits from warm days and cool nights. Therefore, we hope we can guarantee you sunshine and blue skies for the duration of the course.

We hope this website will give you a feel of what it is like to be an ISC student attending our IB summer school and we can assure you that you will experience the fun, challenge and excitement that college life has to offer.

Try the Stanford website for more information.

What Students Said

"I just wanted to say thank you to all staff members for organising such a great camp :) I learned a lot during the classes and all the teachers were very kind and helpful."

Pre-IB student

Residential students will live in a community of fellow IB students and teachers which together form an extremely positive and close knit environment in which you will experience learning, personal growth and excitement.

As you will all know, the IB is a demanding but rewarding course and many universities are impressed by the maturity and independence of IB students who cope admirably with course work deadlines, fulfillment of CAS activities, research and write up of Extended Essays. We hope to build on your experiences at school by enabling you to work, play and share experiences with other IB students and teachers from around the world. In a structured timetable of academic work and sports and social activities you will be able to learn more about yourself and others and gain an insight into college life. Sports activities will take place after class and can include soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball or Frsibee. We know you will make lots of new friends and take home lasting memories.

Further information regarding arrival dates, getting to the campus and other relevant information will be provided to students once they are accepted onto the program or take a look at our frequently asked questions page.

stanford university building photos

Hoover Tower image courtesy of: Ian Terpin/Stanford News Service

University Facilities

Stanford campus is very impressive and one of the first things you do with us is to take an orientation tour to discover the beauty and layout of the campus.

Here are some of the campus highlights you will be able to enjoy:

Stanford has 18 major Libraries open to you where you will have the unique opportunity to learn how to research material using the most advanced techniques. This will provide you with valuable skills when you begin your Extended Essay and in later college life. You can also pick up your email, work or simply browse and enjoy the library

Available sports venues include swimming pools, tennis courts (provide your own rackets), a golf driving range and course(green fees are not included in ISC fees), soccer, basketball and volleyball fields and track facilities!

What Parents Said

"Many thanks for looking after my daughter so well and providing her with a sound foundation for her IB. We will be sending our son to your program next year as her experience has inspired our whole family, thanks again."

Tressider Memorial Student Union - this is the community centre of the campus where you will find Jamba Juice for delicious freshly squeezed juices and smoothies and the CoHo Coffee House with soups, sandwiches, salads and drinks. There is also an amazing University bookstore with a coffee shop and lots of interesting books to buy and peruse at your leisure. Additionally, in this area you will find a bank, a travel centre, restaurants, an information centre and a Track House sports shop selling Stanford sports clothes and equipment. Other interesting locations are the Hoover Tower with great views of Stanford and the Bay area, the interdenominational Memorial Church with wonderful mosaics, the Rodin Sculpture garden with the world’s second largest collection of Rodin’s works, the SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator) and the Art Gallery with varying exhibits from around the world.