New in 2020, the Virtual Welcome Partner Program provides incoming international graduate students the opportunity to connect virtually with a local "Virtual Welcome Partner" to help with their transition to Stanford and the Bay area. The Partner can help with tips and suggestions and be a friendly resource for new graduate students.


For Internationals

The Virtual Welcome Partner Program is for new Stanford international graduate students who have not previously lived in the U.S. for more than two months. This is a cultural/friendship program. Your local Welcome Partner is volunteering to spend time with you virtually, before and during the first few days of your arrival at Stanford, to help you get acquainted with the University and the area nearby.

This program is intended to help you get familiar with the basics of life in the U.S. and to provide you with local friends. After your application is received, we will make every effort to match you with a Virtual Welcome Partner. Once you have been matched with a Partner, we encourage you to make online contact prior to your arrival.

If your plans change, please let us know right away. A last-minute cancellation not only disappoints your local Partner but also prevents another student from participating in this program.

Placement with a Volunteer Partner is based primarily, but not entirely, on the order in which your qualified application is received. For this reason, please apply as early as you can but no later than September 1.

To participate

Fill in and submit the CCIS Student Virtual Welcome Partner application.

For more information contact the Virtual Welcome Program at:

For CCIS Volunteers

We are disappointed that due to COVID-19, CCIS is being required by Stanford to suspend many of our programs that support new international graduate students during the Fall Quarter. These programs include: Community Advisors, Homestay and Hospitality.

However, there is a new opportunity for members who want to welcome international students. As a volunteer for our new Virtual Welcome Partners program, you will connect virtually with an incoming international graduate student, welcome them and offer them some tips and suggestions for adapting to life at Stanford and in the Bay Area. If both parties are comfortable, there could be in-person socially-distanced meetings on campus, or a drop-off of some treats to the new student's residence.

We request, that at a minimum, our volunteer Welcome Partners:

To participate

For more information contact the Virtual Welcome Program at: