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COVID-19 Update: All 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online.

Why Harvard Summer School?

Because you’re ready for a Harvard education. Programs and courses-online, in the evenings, and at your own pace.

adult female Harvard summer school student
four students inside Harvard library

Join us for a challenging and enriching experience at Harvard this summer. Our more than 300 courses are taught by Harvard professors and visiting scholars during the day, evening, and online.

  • High school students: 
  • Visiting college students: earn course credit toward a degree or prepare for graduate school with advanced coursework.
  • Adults and professionals: take a course to advance your career or personal interests.
  • Harvard students: fulfill a degree requirement and study on campus, online, or abroad.

I still think about the experience every single day. Many valuable lessons have stayed with me. This program taught me how to adapt to a more rigorous course load, which has been really helpful for my high school experience.

Matthew Miller, Secondary School Program, 2015

The Harvard Summer Experience

Get a taste of what it’s like to be a student at Harvard Summer School in this video.

Harvard Campus and Community

Cambridge, Boston, and Harvard are lively in the summertime, and there are many University resources and activities to enjoy.

Living on the Harvard Campus

Live in campus housing around Harvard Square, and you will be a short walk from classes, the dining hall, shops, and restaurants.

Libraries, Museums, Athletic Facilities

Fifty-seven miles of bookshelves … Who needs a treadmill? You could get lost in the expansive Widener Library. The University also has wonderful museums and computer labs, and gyms, pools, tennis courts, and boathouses.

Fun and Relaxation

Participate in organized excursions, intramural sports, and musical groups. You can walk, bike, or ride the subway to downtown Boston. There is also plenty to explore in Harvard Square.