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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Study at Harvard This Summer

Summer Courses for Adult and College Students

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With more than 400 open-enrollment courses in over 60 subjects, Harvard Summer School can help you discover your passion and achieve your academic and professional goals.

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

Course Registration and Deadlines

Hanne T. Berli
Hanne Twedt Berli

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

Course Formats

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

Types of Courses

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Business & Economics

Explore Courses

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.