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Earn Harvard degree credit in the summer

Harvard Summer School offers intensive study that is ideal for fulfilling requirements, exploring new fields or gaining skills for thesis research or graduate school. Study with Harvard professors and visiting scholars from around the world. Review course exceptions to see what courses you can count towards your degree.

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Apply Summer School credit towards your College degree

Most summer courses count toward your degree if taken for credit after matriculating at Harvard College. There are some exceptions. Online courses, including web conference courses, do not count for degree credit nor do courses offered in the the three-week format. Follow these guidelines, review the list of course exceptions, and read information in Harvard College Academic Credit to help you select courses to apply toward your degree.

To ensure you will earn credit:

  • Register for Harvard Summer School courses that are taught on-campus or apply to one of our study abroad programs.
  • Review the list of course exceptions by department before registering. If you need more information, consult with your advisor or departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies about applying Harvard Summer School courses to concentrations, requirements, or secondary fields and citations.
  • Do not take courses offered online only, via live web conference, or in the three-week format.
  • If you enroll in an on-campus course that is also available online, see how to request credit toward your degree by taking the course entirely on campus and submitting the required "Certification of On-Campus Attendance."
  • See Harvard College Academic Credit for instructions for the following:
    • Newly admitted freshmen
    • Transfer credit
    • Returning from a withdrawal or leave of absence
    • Pass/fail option
    • Completing final degree requirements at Harvard Summer School
    • Maximum enrollment exceptions
    • Course exceptions