Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Before applying, it is important to carefully consider the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of study abroad and to familiarize yourself with the country of interest. Program staff can answer any questions you may have. Please read the policies and frequently asked questions prior to applying.

Key dates

  • Early December: Program applications become available online
  • December 6: Summer School Study Abroad Fair (for Harvard College students)
  • January 30, 2014: Application deadline for most programs

Information sessions

Trento, Italy

January 23, 4-5 pm
WJH, room 105


January 22, 3-4 pm
Folklore & Mythology Library/Seminar Room
Warren House

Istanbul, Turkey

January 24, 4-5 pm

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For most programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

Program-specific instructions are outlined on each program’s webpage. Browse our list of programs on the main study abroad page.

Resources for Harvard College students

Before applying, students should research programs thoroughly and contact faculty or Summer School staff with any questions.

Speak with staff

Summer School staff can help you with specific program inquiries and are available to answer general questions about Harvard Summer School study abroad experiences. E-mail or call (617) 998-8593. Our office is located in room 525, 51 Brattle Street. Please call or e-mail for an appointment.

Program evaluations

Summer School program evaluations can offer Harvard College students insight and advice. Evaluations from many of our programs are kept in the Office of International Education (OIE) resource room and available for reading. The OIE is located at 77 Dunster Street and is open 9 to 5 pm daily.