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How to Apply

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.

Who can apply?

To apply, you 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

Non-Harvard College students: Students at any accredited university are welcome to apply. Harvard Summer School credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities.

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Before applying to a study abroad program, be sure to: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the program(s) of interest; learn about where you will study, travel, and live; and understand the academic expectations for the program
  • Carefully consider the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of the program(s) of interest
  • Read the Study Abroad program policies
  • Contact program staff if you have any questions; e-mail summerabroad@dcemail.harvard.edu, call (617) 998-8593, or e-mail your program of interest's director or contact person 
  • Harvard College students: Attend the Summer Funding and Programs Fair on Tuesday, December 5, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Student Organization Center at Hilles

HOW TO APPLY

For all programs, your application requires three components: 

  1. A nonrefundable $50 application fee
  2. Your most recent transcript
  3. A completed online application

The online application includes: 

  • Basic personal information
  • A statement of interest
  • Program-specific materials (see program pages for instructions)

You may submit applications to two study abroad programs, specifying your first and second choices. (Note: Each application requires a fee.) 

Be sure to complete the online application in order. Some programs may require an additional interview. You will be notified of admission in mid- to late-February, 2017.  

For Harvard College students only: We have paired with the Financial Aid Office to consider fee reimbursements for students who are receiving full financial aid. If the $50 application fee poses a financial burden, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office (summerabroad@dcemail.harvard.edu). Please note that by requesting this reimbursement, you are giving us permission to verify your level of aid with the Financial Aid Office.

Important dates

Application deadline: 

January 25, 2018 for most programs 

Summer Funding and Programs Fair:

  • Tuesday, December 5 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Harvard SOCH, 59 Shepard Street (map and directions
  • For Harvard students only 

Information sessions

Prague and Tbilisi Programs: 

  • Tuesday, October 3 from 5:30 to 7 pm
  • Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, first floor

Tokyo and Yokohama Programs: 

  • Tuesday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6 pm
  • S250 CGIS South

Note: Information sessions are for Harvard students.