Distance Education

You can take online summer classes at Harvard from anywhere in the world. These courses run the duration of the term, with scheduled assignments an exams. See the list of online courses below.

Online option courses

Some Harvard Summer School courses are offered both online and on campus. Classes meet on campus weekly. Lecture videos are posted online 24 hours after class meetings. You can attend lectures on campus, watch them online, or both. Watch a sample online class.

Online-only courses

These courses feature video-taped lectures that are posted each week. There is no scheduled class time, so you can watch the videos at any time during the week. Many have weekly section meetings on campus, which you may attend in person, or watch via live streaming or recorded video. Watch a sample online class.

Live web-conference courses

These courses take place in virtual classroom using web-conference software. You participate at a scheduled meeting time each week. In most courses, there are no videos. Everything is live. You communicate with the instructor and other students by chat or voice technology. See Live Web-Conference Courses.

Hybrid courses

These courses combine an intensive short session on campus with live web conferences or video lectures throughout the rest of the seven-week session. These courses count toward the on-campus requirement in certain degree programs.

Transfer credit

Online course credit can be transferred to many schools. Your transcript will not indicate if a course was completed online or on campus. Harvard College students: visit the Harvard College Academic Credit page about credit for on-campus courses with a distance option.

Hybrid courses

These courses combine an intensive short session on campus with live web conferences or video lectures throughout the rest of the seven-week session.

Online summer classes offered in 2014

Biological Sciences

Computer Science



Environmental Studies

Expository Writing




Museum Studies




Visual and Environmental Studies

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