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Expand your perspective

As one of the top-ranked universities in the world, Harvard provides an exceptional learning experience. Whether you’re making liquid nitrogen ice cream in a chemistry lab or examining sea urchins with a marine biology professor, the Secondary School Program offers fascinating ways to build your knowledge.

Over 200 courses in 60-plus subjects

We have a wide range of courses that meet on campus, but we also offer a selection of online courses for students who can’t make it to Cambridge for the summer. You can find courses open to Secondary School Program students in the course catalog.

The course offerings for 2017 will be online January 19. Each year, our most popular topic areas include: 

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Math 
  • Engineering
  • Biological and medical sciences
  • Technology
  • Writing

Learn from the finest Harvard professors

Our courses are taught by Harvard faculty who teach the same courses to Harvard College students during the academic year or by visiting scholars who hail from respected institutions around the world.  

Enjoy a flexible schedule

Whether you choose to enroll in one or two courses, you will have some flexibility to schedule your days. Classes are held in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Residential students are required to enroll full time, in either two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course. 

The program spans seven weeks, and most courses meet for six weeks, with a final exam, paper, or project during the seventh week.

Earn college credit

At the completion of the program, you may request a transcript listing your coursework, grades, and number of credits earned.

Choosing the right courses for you

We can help you choose courses that will match your interests and goals. Connect with us after admission, and we'll advise you every step of the way.

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