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. Several courses are offered online.

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English language study

Improve your language skills through the Institute for English Language Programs.

High school program

Secondary School Program: our high school summer program welcomes applications from high school students who will graduate in 2014, 2015, or 2016.

English proficiency requirement

English proficiency is required for all Summer School courses except those offered by the Institute for English Language Programs. You meet this requirement be submitting a designated minimum score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic, or by submitting a four-year undergraduate degree transcript or four-year high school transcript from an institution located in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, or United Kingdom. 

Learn more about the English proficiency requirement.


If your primary reason for coming to the United States is to study, and you will be enrolled full time (a total of 8 credits in the General Program, or in the intensive English language program), 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.

Learn more about visas and I-20s.


Housing is available in Harvard Houses and dorms. Room and board costs $5,100. Learn about on-campus housing and how to request housing.

There are also options for living off-campus that you can explore.

You can also read about campus resources and activities.