Secondary School Program Courses and Subjects
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Expand your perspective
As a summer student at one of the top-ranked universities in the world, you'll experience a challenging learning environment. Whether you’re making liquid nitrogen ice cream in a chemistry lab or examining sea urchins with a marine biology professor, you'll find fascinating ways to build your knowledge in the Secondary School Program.
You can browse our wide range of courses offered on campus. Can’t make it to Cambridge for the summer? Consider our online courses.
Ready to explore courses? choose your own adventure:
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Not an early riser? Interested in an online course? Find a course by day and time, course format, and more.
Pursue a Career Pathway
With college on the horizon, you may already be considering which path to pursue. Through our career pathway series, you'll have the opportunity to study topics that you are passionate about—and to examine them through a variety of disciplines.
Browse Courses by Topic
Arts, Writing, and the Humanities
Computer Science, Math, and Engineering
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Study of Societies, Past and Present
Learn from Harvard Professors
Our courses are taught by Harvard faculty who teach the same courses to Harvard College students during the academic year or by visiting scholars who hail from respected institutions around the world.
Enjoy a Flexible Schedule
Whether you choose to enroll in one or two courses, you will have some flexibility to schedule your days. Classes are held in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Residential students are required to enroll full time, in either two 4-credit courses or one 8-credit course.
The program spans seven weeks, and most courses meet for six weeks, with a final exam, paper, or project during the seventh week.
Earn College Credit
At the completion of the program, you may request a transcript listing your coursework, grades, and number of credits earned.
Choosing the Right Courses for You
We can help you choose courses that will match your interests and goals. Connect with us after admission, and we'll advise you every step of the way.