Course Formats

Courses at Harvard Summer School are offered in a variety of formats, including on-campus, online video, web-conference, and hybrid, so you can study from anywhere in the world.

Course descriptions list the specific class formats, days, times, and credit status. Some courses have separate, smaller section meetings or labs, and the days and times of those are also listed in the descriptions.

On-campus courses

Most courses meet in and around historic Harvard Yard, in the heart of the Harvard University campus.

Depending on the session, the course, and the number of credits offered, classes meet two to five days per week during the morning, afternoon, or evening hours.

Seven-week session: four-credit courses typically meet twice per week for three hours a day; eight-credit courses typically meet five days per week for two to five hours a day.

Three-week session: four-credit courses meet four days per week for three hours a day on campus only.

Online video courses

The majority of our online courses feature lecture videos and online course materials. Some of these courses are offered only online. But some on-campus courses have an online option, which means you can attend on campus, watch online, or both—whatever your preference.

For sample lectures and technical requirements, see video course guidelines.

Web-conference courses

These courses meet twice a week for seven weeks in a virtual classroom using web-conferencing software. You can learn more about these options, including the system requirements, on the web-conference guidelines page.

Hybrid courses

Our hybrid courses combine online and on-campus study. You take the majority of the course online via video or web conference, and you attend one mandatory intensive weekend class on campus. Information about the online format and dates of the intensive weekend class are outlined in specific course descriptions.

Searching for courses by preferred format

Use the course search to find courses. If you’re interested in any of the various online or hybrid options, you can search by those criteria. On-campus courses are searched by default.

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