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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Preparation and Arrival

This preparation and arrival guide is designed to ensure that you have completed all necessary steps to prepare for and check in to your Harvard Summer School program.

Please read these checklists thoroughly, check your calendar frequently to meet all appropriate deadlines, and complete the necessary steps before arriving on campus and during check in to get your summer experience off to a great start.

Before You Arrive: Getting Ready

Register for courses.

Pay your balance.

  • Pay your balance in full immediately after registering or making course changes. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.

Check your name, date of birth, and contact information.

  • Your name and date of birth in MyDCE must match exactly what is printed on your government-issued photo ID, which you must present during check-in to receive your Harvard ID card.
  • Correct any name and date of birth errors by submitting a biographical and contact information changes form.
  • The Summer School communicates with students via email. Keep your student email address and other contact information current in MyDCE. If you are not receiving email from us, be sure to check your spam and junk folders.

International students:

Planning to live on campus?

  • Wondering what you should bring with you? See Your Room for a list of what’s provided and what you can rent on campus or purchase in Harvard Square.

Review placement test requirements.

  • Be sure to take any placement tests (noted in course descriptions) that are required for your courses.

Meet the immunization requirement.

  • If you are living in Summer School housing or attending Summer School classes on campus in the US while on a visa of any kind, submit the immunization form by May 20.

Purchase or waive Summer School health insurance coverage.

  • You are required to have US-based health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States.
  • If you do not have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States, you will be automatically enrolled in the Summer School insurance plan and charged the health insurance fee.
  • If you do have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States, log into MyDCE by the appropriate deadline to waive the Summer School insurance plan and reverse the health insurance fee.

Learn your Harvard ID number and claim your HarvardKey.

Provide a photo for your Harvard ID card.

Learn about accommodations and services for a disability.

Prepare for your classes.

Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to check-in.

  • Bring your H-ticket, your customized check-in ticket. The H-ticket is available in MyDCE starting the week before your session’s check-in. You have the option of displaying it on your mobile device (recommended) or printing it in advance. You must show your H-ticket and a government-issued photo ID to check in.

Still have questions?

Opening Weekend Check-In

Saturday, June 18

Move-in and check-in hours are 9 am to 6 pm. Bring your H-ticket (printed or displayed on your mobile device) and a government-issued photo ID.

Travel to campus.

  • We strongly recommend that you take a covid test within 72 hours of your travel to campus. If you test positive, do not come to campus. If you are a Secondary School Program student, please contact us at ssp@summer.harvard.edu to inform us that you will not be able to attend. In your message please do not include any personal medical information. Information regarding appeals can be found here.
  • Travel to campus should be scheduled so that you can check in during regular check-in hours on Opening Weekend. Early arrival and check-in are not permitted.
  • See Directions for information on getting to campus.
  • View the Campus Map to find Opening Weekend locations.

Move in to on-campus housing.

  • Masking is required during check-in
  • Pick up your key and move into your room before checking in elsewhere. Your key pick-up location will be listed on your H-ticket.
  • Residential students will be provided with a rapid antigen test during check-in. You must take antigen test in your room upon arrival.
    •  If you test negative – no reporting is necessary.
    •  If you test positive on the antigen test, you will need to wear a mask, isolate in your room, and report your positive test to Harvard University Health Services via Crimson Clear. Then contact the on-call number where further instructions will be provided.
  • See Moving In and Out of Housing.

Pay any balance due before checking in.

  • Pay online with a credit card. Or visit Student Financial Services at 51 Brattle Street.
  • Your balance must be paid in full before you can continue with check in and pick up your Harvard ID card.

Have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School? Check in with Harvard International Office advisors.

  • Bring your passport, I-20, and H-ticket to Gutman Conference Center to check in with HIO, if you haven’t done so already.
  • You must check in with an international student advisor before you can pick up your Harvard ID card.

Check in with Harvard Summer School.

  • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to Gutman Conference Center. Masks will be required inside the building.
  • Pick up your Harvard ID card.
  • See the Accessibility Services Office if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.

Set up a Harvard email account and connect to the Harvard network.

  • For help, visit the computer services table in Gutman Conference Center.
  • You can also visit the computer lab at 53 Church Street.

Visit the online Activities and Vendor Fair.

  • From 3pm-6pm, learn about the extracurricular activities and vendor services.
  • Access the Zoom link here (HarvardKey required).

Commuting Secondary School Program students: attend orientation.

  • Secondary School Program Commuting Students Orientation, Saturday at 3pm. Location TBA.

Attend your residential orientation.

  • Residential Orientations will be held Sunday after dinner. Your proctor will provide details.

Get ready for class.

Dining Options.

  • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Saturday dinner from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Adult and college students dine at Currier Dining Hall. Secondary School students dine at Leverett Dining Hall or The Inn at Harvard (1201 Mass Ave) Dining Hall.
  • View your assigned dining hall in your move-in welcome letter or in Dining Services.
  • The full summer schedule is also available on Dining Services.
  • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are also within walking distance of Harvard Square. See HarvardSquare.com.

Parking and Shuttle Options.

  • Parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square.
  • Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street garage from 9 am on Saturday, June 18, to 7 am on Sunday, June 19.
  • Residential Secondary School Program Students arriving in personal vehicles may enter the Yard via Johnston gate but must immediately exit their vehicle and unload their belongings. Drivers must immediately exit the Yard to park.
  • Shuttle services are available to help you travel between check-in and move-in locations.
  • See Parking and Transit for more information on parking and shuttle services during the summer.

What if I arrive late because my flight is delayed?

  • Adult and college students: If you are living on campus, your flight is delayed, and you arrive after 6 pm, you must seek other accommodations until regular check-in hours resume on Tuesday, June 21. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.
  • Secondary School Program students: See information about arriving late.

Still have questions?

Three-Week Session II Check-In

Sunday, July 10

Move-in and check-in hours are noon to 4 pm. Bring your H-ticket (printed or displayed on your mobile device) and a government-issued photo ID.

If you’re enrolled in both three-week session I and II, you only check in on Opening Weekend. You do not need to check in again on Sunday, July 10.

Travel to campus.

  • We strongly recommend that you take a covid test within 72 hours of your travel to campus. If you test positive, do not come to campus.
  • Travel to campus should be scheduled so that you can check in during regular check-in hours. Early arrival and check-in are not permitted.
  • See Directions for information on getting to campus.
  • View the Campus Map to find check-in locations.

Move in to on-campus housing.

  • Pick up your key and move into your room before checking in elsewhere. Your key pick-up location will be listed on your H-ticket.
  • Residential students will be provided with a rapid antigen test during check-in. You must take antigen test in your room upon arrival.
    •  If you test negative – no reporting is necessary.
    •  If you test positive on the antigen test, you will need to wear a mask, isolate in your room, and report your positive test to Harvard University Health Services via Crimson Clear. Then contact the on-call number where further instructions will be provided.
  • See Moving In and Out of Housing.

Pay any balance due before checking in.

  • Pay online with a credit card. Or visit Student Financial Services at 51 Brattle Street.
  • Your balance must be paid in full before you can continue with check in and pick up your Harvard ID card.

Have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School? Check in with Harvard International Office advisors.

  • Bring your passport, I-20, and H-ticket to 51 Brattle Street to check in with HIO, if you haven’t done so already.
  • You must check in with an international student advisor before you can pick up your Harvard ID card.

Check in with Harvard Summer School.

  • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to 51 Brattle Street. Masks will be required inside of the building.
  • Pick up your Harvard ID card or ID card authorization form.
  • See the Accessibility Services Office if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.

Set up a Harvard email account and connect to the Harvard network.

  • For help, visit the computer lab at 53 Church Street.

Attend your residential orientation.

  • Meet the residential staff at an orientation in your House Sunday evening.

Get ready for class.

Dining Options.

  • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Sunday dinner in Currier Dining Hall from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
  • For the full summer schedule, see Dining Services.
  • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are also within walking distance of Harvard Square. See HarvardSquare.com.

Parking and Shuttle Options.

  • Parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square.
  • Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street garage from 11 am, Sunday, July 10, to 7 am, Monday, July 11.
  • Shuttle services are available to help you travel between check-in and move-in locations.
  • See Parking and Transit for more information on parking and shuttle services during the summer.

What if I arrive late because my flight is delayed?

If you are living on campus, your flight is delayed, and you arrive after 4 pm on Sunday, you must seek other accommodations until business hours resume at 9 am on Monday, July 11. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.

Still have questions?

Call (617) 495-4024 or email inquiry@summer.harvard.edu.