Stanford e-China: Climate Tech Innovation and U.S.–China Collaboration

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Stanford e-China: Climate Tech Innovation and U.S.–China Collaboration

Accepting Applications

April 15, 2023 - September 10, 2023

The application is now open at

Fall 10-week course dates: September 29 to December 1, 2023 (China Time)

Final deadline to apply: September 10, 2023. (Early-bird deadline: July 15, 2023.) Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Tuition: $4000 USD (Early-bird: $3500 USD.)
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Climate Tech Innovation and U.S.–China Collaboration

Offered every spring and fall, Stanford University is offering a new distance-learning opportunity to exceptional high school students and year 1–2 university students from China. Born out of Stanford e-China’s original program, Technologies Changing the World, this interactive, virtual course will focus specifically on climate tech innovation, including green tech and artificial intelligence, as well as leadership and collaboration strategies (global, national, local, personal, and cross-cultural) in pursuit of sustainable solutions. In real-time seminars with leading Stanford University scholars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, students will participate in a rigorous learning experience as they explore cutting-edge technologies defining our future and providing exciting areas for academic study and professional opportunities. In this English-language course, students will be challenged to impact climate change mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and innovation through live and online discussions, assignments, and a final project. Throughout the course, students will collaborate virtually with American students enrolled in Stanford’s China Scholars Program as they jointly learn how to positively and effectively impact change.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University. The top three students in the fall and spring courses will be invited to a ceremony at Stanford University in Silicon Valley.


Students will also gain practical, academic skills:

  • Pre-recorded, university-level lectures by leading scholars from Stanford University offer practice listening to a variety of lecturing styles
  • Real-time discussions led by guest lecturers familiarize students with the dynamics of classroom participation in schools such as Stanford University
  • Short writing assignments improve critical thinking skills
  • The final project requires students to investigate a challenge related to course themes, develop a compelling presentation, and practice oral English skills


Course components emphasize active participation and development of student interests:

  • 10 “virtual classes” online in real time on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am Beijing time
  • Weekly reading assignments of varying length and difficulty
  • Required participation in virtual discussion boards with classmates
  • Short writing assignments reflecting on readings and lectures
  • Research in an area of interest related to course themes (with instructor guidance)
  • Direction, facilitation, and support from the instructor throughout the course


Admission to this program is competitive; up to 30 exceptional students will be accepted. Requirements include:

  • Enrollment in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in China with exceptional academic experience, or in year 1 or 2 in a university in China
  • Ability to read, write, and discuss complex ideas in English
  • A complete application including a written personal statement, transcript, and availability for a virtual interview
  • Availability for all or most of the virtual classes on Saturday mornings
  • Ability to allot 3–4 hours per week for class preparation and assignments, on student’s own schedule
  • Use of a personal computer, camera, microphone, and reliable access to a broadband Internet connection


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For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions, contact Carey Moncaster (Stanford e-China Instructor) via email at, or contact Liyi Ye (Stanford e-China Advisor in China) via WeChat at hiStanford.


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