Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to a Harvard Summer School study abroad program. We hope you are looking forward to a summer of focused study and invigorating exploration.

You are required to complete all the steps and tasks listed on this page before you depart for your study abroad program. Be sure to also explore the resources listed here to help you stay safe and healthy while abroad.


  1. Submit a Harvard Summer School Conditions of Participation and Assumption of Risk and General Release Form to the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office.
  2. Submit a completed Health Clearance Packet to Harvard University Health Services or your primary care physician for review and clearance.
    • Read additional details on the Health Clearance Packet.
    • Failure to return completed forms will result in your removal from the program. As part of the health clearance process, students not cleared by a clinician(s) will not be approved to participate in, may be dismissed from, or may be otherwise told to discontinue their Harvard travel plans.
  3. Complete a mandatory online orientationThis covers important health and safety measures. Plan 45 to 60 minutes to watch in one sitting or across multiple sessions.
    • Note: This orientation requires login with a Harvard ID and PIN. Non-Harvard students will receive Harvard ID and PIN information in late March.
  4. Update your travel record in the Harvard Travel Registry.
    • In mid-April, the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office will enter your upcoming travel in the Harvard Travel Registry. After you receive confirmation of this via e-mail from Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office, you are required to update your itinerary in the Harvard Travel Registry so that the University and Harvard Travel Assist can locate you and provide assistance in an emergency.
    • You are also required to update your registration throughout your trip if necessary (e.g., your local cell phone number, changed travel plans, any overnight travel, and changes to your contact information), so that Harvard can quickly locate and communicate with you in the event of an emergency.
  5. Obtain the appropriate travel documents, such as a passport and/or a visa.
    • Each country's visa and passport requirements are different and depend on your citizenship, reason for travel, length of stay, and number of entries required. Be sure that you understand your destinations’ requirements and apply early to avoid delays or disruptions in your travel.
    • Your program director may be able to give you general visa guidance, but you are responsible for learning the requirements of your destination based on your citizenship and for obtaining your own visa should one be required.
    • If you are required to show proof of enrollment, contact summerabroad@dcemail.harvard.edu for a letter.
  6. Complete any program-specific requirements.
  7. Read the Harvard Summer School guidelines.
    • All students are responsible for knowing and adhering to Harvard Summer School regulations. You should also be familiar with Harvard Summer School general policies for study abroad programs.
    • In May, you will receive a link to the electronic version of the Harvard Summer School Student Handbook. Please read this document carefully. While the resources and activities will vary at each locale, the rules and policies described in the sections “Academic Policies” and “Student Conduct” apply to participants in all Harvard Summer School programs.
  8. If you are in need of accommodations, contact the Accessibility Services Office as soon as possible.


All Harvard Summer School students are required to have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you will be required to purchase the Harvard Summer School's insurance (valid for the duration of the program) as part of your registration. Be sure that your health insurance covers you in your destination country. Harvard Students: see also the Harvard University Student Health Program website. Please note: Harvard Travel Assist is not health insurance.


Be sure to read the following pages for more important information to help you prepare for your summer abroad program: