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. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency to study at Harvard Summer School.

High school students applying to the Secondary School Program: see Secondary School Program Admission for instructions on meeting this requirement.

General program students taking courses in either the seven- or three-week sessions: take steps now to meet this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Submit a minimum required score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Minimum score required:

    • 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
    • 250 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 600 on the paper-based TOEFL

    Have your score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Harvard Summer School Registrar’s Office: institution code 8578.

    International English Language Testing System, Academic (Academic IELTS)

    Minimum score required: Band 7.0

    Have your score sent electronically to the Harvard Summer School Registrar’s Office.

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)

    Minimum score required: 68

    Have your score sent electronically to the Harvard Summer School Registrar’s Office.

  • Submit a four-year undergraduate degree transcript from listed countries.

    Submit an official transcript showing completion of a four-year undergraduate degree at a college or university located in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, at which English is the sole language of instruction.

    Transcripts showing more than one year of transfer credit from a school in another country will not meet this requirement.

    Have your transcript sent electronically to:
    proficiency@dcemail.harvard.edu

    or by post to:
    Registrar’s Office
    Attn: English Proficiency
    Harvard Summer School
    51 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Submit a four-year high school transcript from listed countries.

    Submit an official transcript showing your graduation from a four-year high school located in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, or United Kingdom, at which English is the sole language of instruction.

    Transcripts showing more than one year of transfer credit from a school in another country will not meet this requirement.

    Have your transcript sent electronically to:
    proficiency@dcemail.harvard.edu

    or by post to:
    Registrar’s Office
    Attn: English Proficiency
    Harvard Summer School
    51 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

Visas

If your primary reason for coming to the United States is to study, and you will be enrolled in a total of 8 undergraduate (UN) or graduate (GR) credits in the seven-week session, or 4 undergraduate (UN) or graduate (GR) credits in a three-week session, 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 Harvard Summer School. Learn more about visas and I-20s.

Housing

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.