Study Abroad Credit Information

All programs are 8 credits, and the credits are accepted toward degrees at Harvard College. The courses also count for transfer credit at most other colleges and universities.

Harvard College degree credit

Most Summer School study abroad courses count as work done in residence if they are taken for credit after your matriculation as a Harvard College degree candidate and before your graduation. Harvard College students should always consult with departments regarding application of credit toward concentrations, citations, or secondary fields.

General Education credit for Summer School study abroad courses is listed below. If you have more questions, please visit the Gen Ed website.

For information regarding Core credit for Summer School study abroad courses, please consult directly with the Gen Ed Office by e-mailing gened@fas.harvard.edu or calling 617-495-2563.

Updates to the information below will be made throughout the year, so check back regularly.

  • Aix-en-Provence, France: LITR S-134 and LITR S-137 count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • Ashkelon, Israel: NELC S-198 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Beijing, China: CHIN S-120c, S-130c, S-140c, and S-150c count as two half-year courses toward the foreign language requirement.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: SPAN S-Dx counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit and as two half-year courses toward the foreign language citation.
  • Dakar, Senegal: one full-year course (8 credits) or degree credit. AAAS S-137 also meets the General Education requirement for Culture and Belief or Societies of the World, and for Study of the Past.
  • Dominican Republic: BIOS S-158 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Any two courses taken in the Istanbul program count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • Jerusalem, Israel: NELC S-162 (one half-year course credit each) of degree credit. When taken together the courses meet the General Education requirement for Societies of the World.
  • Kisumu, Kenya: AAAS S-181s counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Kyoto, Japan: Two courses count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • Milan and Siena, Italy: ITAL S-190 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Munich, Germany: GERM S-23 counts as two half-courses toward the Harvard College degree, as two courses toward the Foreign Language Citation in German and as one course toward the Secondary Field in German. The course meets the General Education requirement for either the Societies of the World or the Culture and Belief, and also meets the Study of the Past requirement.
  • Olympia and Nafplio, Greece: LITR S-107 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. The course meets the General Education requirement for either Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or Societies of the World, but not both, and also meets the Study of the Past requirement.
  • Oxford, England: BIOS S-112 and S-113 count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. BIOS S-113 meets the General Education requirement for Science of Living Systems.
  • Paris, France (biology): BIOS S-151 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Paris, France (French culture and history): FREN S-100 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit and as two half-year courses toward the foreign language citation. The course meets the General Education requirement for either Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or Culture and Belief, but not both.
  • Prague, Czech Republic: CZEC S-Aab counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit toward the foreign language requirement.
  • San Jose de Moro, Peru: ANTH S-1178 counts as 4 credits of archaeological field method credit and 4 credits of independent study credit in anthropology.
  • Scandinavia: ANTH S-1095 and SCAN S-150 count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. When taken together, the courses meet the General Education requirement for either Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or Culture & Belief.
  • Seoul, Korea: This program counts as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • Tokyo, Japan: BIOS S-98rt count as 4 credits of summer independent research and 4 credits of elective neurobiology course degree credit.
  • Venice, Italy: Any two courses taken in the Venice program count as two half-year courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. Consult with your department prior to enrollment regarding the availability of concentration credit. For information regarding department credit for Economics courses, please see the Harvard economics department website.
  • Yokohama, Japan: BIOS S-98ry and BIOS S-142a count as 4 credits of summer independent research and 4 credits of elective course degree credit.

Transfer credit

For other Harvard University and non-Harvard students, Harvard Summer School credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities. Since degree requirements vary among schools, students are advised to obtain transfer credit approval from their home institutions before registering for Harvard Summer School courses.