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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

Do I need to major in the social sciences to attend the BSIW Program?

No. All majors are welcome. Majors in the Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science have participated in all three quarters of the BSIW Program.

Does Winter Quarter Have a Theme?

No. We have decided to open the winter quarter to students in all majors. Students who are interested in former Winter themes of health policy, environmental policy, and the arts are encouraged to apply for the quarter that works best for their schedule.  

Can I attend an overseas program and the BSIW Program?

Yes, of course you attend and an overseas program if addition to the BSIW Program. However, be sure to carefully calculate your units and develop a prudent study plan for your remaining time at Stanford. Do not count on classes to be offered every quarter or on obtaining credit in your major for all of your classes taken at SIW or BOSP. However, if you plan carefully, you may very well be able to participate in the BSIW Program and go abroad as well. Many SIW students have done both and find that the experiences complement each other.

Is there a minimum GPA for admission?

There is no definitive GPA requirement. We take into account your major and coursework in evaluating your transcript. Please be aware that many agencies and organizations routinely request transcripts when considering applicants for internships. We take everything including your personal statement, reference, as well as your transcript, into account when considering your application.

Can I apply for the spring quarter of my senior year?

No. We do not accept students during the spring quarter of their senior year or their last quarter at Stanford.

I applied to, but was not admitted. Can I apply again?

Of course! We encourage you to reapply, especially if you originally applied for the fall quarter of your junior year. To reapply view the Instructions for Reapplying on our Instructions page.

Is there any required coursework for attending the BSIW Program?

There is no specific required coursework to attend the BSIW Program. It is useful to have coursework related to the topics you are interested in exploring in your internship appear on your transcript. Certain internships may require that you have taken coursework in particular areas, Economics for example. Please contact us with questions regarding your specifc interests.

Will the BSIW Program cost more than a quarter on campus?

Like the Bing Overseas Studies Programs, the Bing Stanford in Washington Program is not designed to be any more expensive than living on campus. However, the quarter you spend in Washington may be slightly longer than on campus and thus, SIW’s cost will be slightly higher. Your financial aid package will be adjusted to take into account any difference in the cost of room and board and in the expenses associated with the distance traveled to arrive at SIW from your home.

Washington is a city, with many opportunities, some of which cost money. Although there are many free museums and cultural activities to explore, you may spend more of your funds eating out, going to movies, etc… than you would while living on campus. Lastly, you may need to invest in business attire if you do not already own work-appropriate clothing. We do not want any student to feel that their financial situation will limit them from attending the program and our program staff are committed to enabling everyone to participate.

Academics

How can I get credit in my major for classes taken at SIW?

Classes at Stanford in Washington rarely get credit automatically in any major; however, you can appeal to your department to have them count. This is entirely up to you and your department and many students have received credit for our courses in the past.  Contact our On Campus Program Manager for more information realted to your specific situation.

Are BSIW Program classes cross-listed in any other department?

Classes at SIW are rarely cross-listed in any other department. 

When can I register for classes?

You can register for classes when Axess opens for the quarter. Please note, the course schedule will not appear on Axess and will be distributed upon arrival at Stanford in Washington.  Students are allowed to shop for classes; however, all Axess deadlines must be followed.

Do any SIW classes count toward Ways?

There are some courses that have been Ways certified and that information will appear in Explore Courses.