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.
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.
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.
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 coursesThese 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
- CSCI S-1 Great Ideas in Computer Science with Java (33196)
- CSCI S-40 Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures (33106)
- ENVR S-101 Environmental Management (32382)
- ENVR S-130 Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impact, and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis (32741)
- ENVR S-142/W Conservation Biology and Sustainable Management of Forested Landscapes (33141)
- ENVR S-210 Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems (32858)
- EXPO S-15 Fundamentals of Academic Writing (33140) Section 2
- EXPO S-15 Fundamentals of Academic Writing (33142) Section 1
- EXPO S-15 Fundamentals of Academic Writing (33217) Section 3
- EXPO S-25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading (33153) Section 2
- EXPO S-25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading (33154) Section 1
- EXPO S-25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading (33155) Section 3
- EXPO S-25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading (33228) Section 4
- EXPO S-34 Business Rhetoric (32728) Section 1
- EXPO S-34 Business Rhetoric (32927) Section 2
- GOVT S-1130 Intellectual Property (31596)
- GOVT S-1731 The Future of War: Conflict and Order in the Twenty-First Century (32963)
- GOVT S-1733/W Globalization and US National Security (32792)
- RELI S-1010/W World Religions (32778)
- RELI S-1013 Animals: Religion and Ethics (32394)
- RELI S-1505/W Religion, Education, and Democracy (33208)
- RELI S-1805 Islam: Fundamentals of Thought and Practice (32701)
- STAT S-100 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (32188)
- STAT S-110 Introduction to Probability (33175)