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SOLO (Stanford Off-campus Learning Opportunities), a partnership between OIA and 20+ academic units on the Stanford campus, aggregates internships, research fellowships, public service trips, study tours, and other Stanford opportunities for students to go off-campus and enrich their academic experience. The website can be used by administrators to post opportunities, collect and review applications, and to help prepare awardees for their off-campus travel.
There are approximately 1,800 visiting faculty, scholars and visiting student researchers at Stanford at any given point. These are outstanding students and world-leading scholars invited by Stanford faculty from over 88 different countries around the world. Often they are seeking to connect with scholars outside of their discipline to explore potential interdisciplinary research that Stanford is well known for.
Students interested in pursuing internships, research projects, public service gigs and study tours – across the United States and around the world – will find an ever-growing list of activities listed on the new platform, Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike are invited to search the platform – known as SOLO for short – by keyword and/or by location – for programs off the Farm.
University data shows that more than 600 undergraduate students travel on extended Stanford academic international opportunities that are provided by academic units outside of the Bing Overseas Studies Program. Understanding the student challenge in finding these opportunities, the OIA convened a core group of initial stakeholders from diverse places on campus looking to alleviate this student burden.
Picture this, you’re a Stanford student interested in gaining some international experience through a Stanford opportunity during spring or summer break. Where do you start your search?
Of course, you can go to one of the larger units on campus that offer such opportunities, such as, the Bing Overseas Studies Program (if you are an undergraduate), Stanford Global Studies or the Haas Center for Public Service, but is there more? The answer is, YES, there is much more, but how do you find these opportunities?
The university’s International Response Team is poised to provide assistance in the event of major political unrest, natural disaster or other crisis overseas. The Office of International Affairs encourages Stanford travelers to register their plans before they go.
If a natural disaster, infectious disease epidemic or political crisis occurs in a country where Stanford faculty, students, postdocs and staff are doing research, the university’s International Response Team would immediately convene to oversee their safe return.
The Office of International Affairs works with a team of subject matter experts poised and ready to respond in the event of an overseas incident.
If you are looking for an incentive for going green at Stanford, join Congestion and Parking Incentives (CAPRI), a new commuting program, focused on peak commuters. Launched in April 2012, almost 4,000 Stanford people have registered on this pilot project and over $75,000 has been paid out as incentives so far. Professor Prabhakar, lead investigator of CAPRI and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has previously tested his project to mitigate traffic congestion during peak commuting hours in Bangalore, India and Singapore.
Over the last decade, Stanford has provided exceptional online education opportunities to audiences all over the world. As part of its effort to invest in education and technology infrastructure, the Graduate School of Business (GSB) opened Highly Immersive and Enhanced Classrooms on campus at the Knight Management Center in 2013. The facilities aim to enrich the overall student experience and expand opportunities for online and distance education. In collaboration with GSB, Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is now setting up identical facilities in China.
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, read “Approaching a State Shift in Earth's Biosphere
,” a publication that resulted from the culmination of a year’s work of 22 biologists from 4 countries that identified major biological problems due to human interactions with the Earth and was astonished to learn that this news was not spread beyond the community of scientists. "If these are such big problems, why aren't you scientists shouting it from the rooftops?