More than 33% of Stanford MBA faculty and 40% of students were born outside the United States, and 20% of our alumni work outside the United States.
The Stanford GSB is committed to making your transition as smooth as possible. Once admitted, you will receive a full packet of information and resources for:
- Obtaining a study visa
- Changing your current visa status
- Obtaining a U.S. Social Security Number
- Adapting to the U.S. classroom environment
Support for You At the GSB
Stanford's first quarter is designed, in part, to help international students adjust and flourish.
Your Critical Analytical Thinking seminar provides a secure setting for you to adapt to the cultural differences and acclimate to the MBA Program.
Your Global Context of Business course will provide a venue in which it is essential that you share your unique experiences and perspectives with your classmates.
In addition, the staff at the Management Communication Program will support you with a variety of workshops and seminars aimed at enhancing your skills and confidence in verbal and written English.
International students also take active roles in clubs geared towards regional interests, such as the following:
- Africa Business Club
- Asian Society
- Black Business Students Association
- Europe Club
- Hispanic Business Students Association
- International Development Club
- Latin American Club
- Middle East and North Africa Club
- South Asian Students Association
Support In Your Career Search
- In your career search, you will benefit from a dedicated international career advisor.
Support for You At Stanford
Established in 1963, the Bechtel International Center offers a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs for all Stanford students and their families.
Bechtel facilities help U.S. and international students and scholars participate in life at the University, in the Bay Area community, and in activities of mutual interest.
Some of the programs and services offered include:
- Advising on international visa issues and immigration updates
- International Perspectives Series-a forum for students and visiting scholars to present their views of current world affairs
- International Play Group for children
- International Women's Circle
- Spouse Education Fund, which offers modest grants to assist spouses in furthering their educational or career goals
- Spouse/Significant Other Orientation Workshops
- Sunday Suppers, featuring cuisines of different countries
- U.S. employment and tax workshops
- Bechtel International Center at Stanford University
- Career Management Center
- English as a Second Language for International Students at the Stanford Language Center
- Visa Information
- U.S. Department of State, Student Visa Information
Applying in Round 1 or 2 will give you additional time to complete the visa application process.
"When I arrived at Stanford, my family was composed of four members including myself. Now, my family is close to 400.
I am appreciative of how welcoming the GSB community was to my husband and children, who were very much a part of my MBA experience."
Yasmin Lukatz, MBA 2006
Tel Aviv, Israel
Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corp.