International Students

Study this summer at Harvard—America’s most historic university. You can pursue an enriching academic experience with Harvard faculty, visiting scholars, and students from around the world.

Study options at Harvard Summer School

Courses for degree credit or career advancement

Over 300 courses in many subjects are available for undergraduate and graduate credit, and noncredit. Courses are offered on campus and online.

Most of our on-campus and online courses meet during a seven-week session. We also offer a selection of three-week courses, in two different intensive sessions, for students who want to learn on campus in a condensed timeframe. International students can request an I-20 certificate of eligibility for the F-1 student visa for either the seven- or three-week sessions.

Courses popular among international students:

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Money, Financial Institutions, and Markets
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • The Art of Communication

Complete information about course offerings will be posted online in mid-January. Learn more about summer courses.

High school program

Secondary School Program: our college program for high school students welcomes applications from high school students who will graduate in 2015, 2016, or 2017.

English proficiency requirement

English proficiency is required for all Summer School courses. Updated information about this requirement will be online in December.


If your primary reason for coming to the United States is to study, and you will be enrolled full time, then the F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you. To apply for an F-1 student visa, you will first need to request an I-20 certificate of eligibility from the Harvard Summer School.

Detailed information about obtaining an I-20 will be available in December.


On-campus housing is available in Harvard Houses and dorms. Learn more about on-campus housing. There are also options for living off campus that you can explore.