Your Summer School Experience
In our classrooms — no matter in person or online — you’ll find:
- Harvard faculty and industry experts dedicated to helping you expand your skills and sparking intellectual curiosity
- A rigorous, inclusive learning environment filled with rich interactions
- An intensive curriculum designed to be completed in a shorter summer session than a fall or spring semester
- An international network of peers like you—driven, curious, and committed to growth
- Access to Harvard’s renowned libraries, museums, and computer labs
The professors offered valuable tips and encouragement throughout my courses. I was not used to having professors who knew every student’s name and backgrounds, but the professors I had at Harvard truly made an effort to get to know all of us.Meet Hanne Twedt Berli
You can take Harvard Summer School courses in a variety of formats, so you can find the option that works best with your schedule. Course formats include:
- Online (live synchronous or asynchronous)
- On campus at Harvard
- Online with one intensive on-campus weekend
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 more about the options you can choose from at Harvard Summer School — from our most popular courses to specially-designed Career Pathways and Summer Seminars.
Who takes Harvard Summer School courses?
Harvard Extension Degree and Certificate Students: You can make progress toward a certificate or degree during the summer. Taking a single course over the summer can help you accelerate your path to a credential. Learn more about graduate certificates or degrees offered through Harvard Extension School. If you’re a current Harvard Extension School student, see information for Extension students on taking Summer School courses.
College Students: Any college student, whether enrolled at Harvard College or another university, can take a Harvard Summer School course for college credit. Whether you want to complete a general education course over the summer, or if there is a course or professor at Harvard you’re interested in, all you need to do is register.
Lifelong Learners: The summer can be the perfect time to explore a subject you’re curious about. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language or study psychology, or maybe you’re in a career that has changed since you earned your degree and you want to update your knowledge of a topic such as computer science. Harvard Summer School has hundreds of courses to choose from, and they’re open-enrollment.
International Students: Harvard Summer School sponsors F-1 student visas for international students enrolling full time for credit in courses on campus. Learn more about taking courses as an international student.
Enrolled at Harvard?
Harvard Extension School Students
If you’re looking for summer courses that apply toward a degree or certificate, the Extension School course catalog includes options to search for Summer School courses.
Harvard College Students
Many summer courses count toward your degree if taken for credit after matriculating at Harvard College.