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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.

For general questions, please contact the Summer School study abroad office at summerabroad@dcemail.harvard.edu. (General Education credit for Summer School study abroad courses is listed below. If you have more questions, please visit the Gen Ed website.)

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

  • Ashkelon, Israel: NELC S-198 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Beijing, China: CHIN 130xc, S-120c, S-130xc, and S-140c each count as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Dominican Republic: BIOS S-158 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Freiburg, Germany: Any two courses taken in the Freiburg program count as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. HIST S-1240 meets the General Education requirement for Societies of the World and also meets the Study of the Past requirement.
  • Ghana: AAAS S-136 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. The course meets the General Education requirement for Societies of the World and also meets the Study of the Past requirement. 
  • Greece: COMP 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.
  • Kisumu, Kenya: AAAS S-181s counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.​
  • Kyoto, Japan: Two courses count as two semester-long 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.
  • Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico: This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • Oxford, England: BIOS S-112 and S-113 count as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. Students passing both courses can receive General Education credit for Study of the Past and either Science of Living Systems or Culture and Belief, but not both.
  • Paris, France: BIOS S-190 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
  • Prague, Czech Republic: CZEC S-Aab counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit, and it can also count as 8 credits toward the foreign language requirement.
  • Recife, Brazil: This program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit, and the course can also count as 8 credits toward the foreign language requirement. 
  • Scandinavia: ANTH S-1095 and SCAN S-150 count as two semester-long 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 semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. KORE S-Ba can be counted as 4 credits toward the foreign language requirement. 
  • Shanghai, China: This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • South Africa: AAAS S-171 and AAAS S-188 count as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. When taken together, the courses meet the General Education requirement for either Culture and Belief or Societies of the World, but not both.
  • Tbilisi, Georgia: This program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. 
  • Tokyo, Japan: This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. BIOS S-98rt counts as 4 credits of summer independent research and BIOS S-141d counts as 4 credits of elective neurobiology course degree credit.
  • Trento, Italy: This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. A combination of MBB S-101 and MBB S-98 will fulfill the Science of Living Systems requirement in General Education. MBB S-101 and MBB S-98 will count as MBB electives for the MBB secondary field. In general, tracks will give one course (4 credits) for completion of the program. Please consult with concentration advisor to confirm. Note: MBB S-101 does not substitute for either MBB foundational course (SLS 20 or MCB 80).
  • Venice, Italy: Any two courses taken in the Venice program count as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. Consult with your department prior to enrollment regarding the availability of concentration credit. Italian S-Aav can be counted as 4 credits towards the foreign language requirement. HIST S-35 and RELI S-15 both meet the General Education requirement for Ethical Reasoning. For information regarding department credit for Economics courses, please see the Harvard economics department website.
  • Vienna, Austria: This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit.
  • 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.

Additional information and programs will be announced when available. 

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, you are advised to obtain transfer credit approval from their home institutions before registering for Harvard Summer School courses.