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.

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High school program

Secondary School Program: our college program for high school students welcomes applications from secondary 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 the seven- or three-week sessions: take steps now to meet this requirement. See English proficiency for full details.


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.


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.