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Summer Study Abroad Programs

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Study Abroad With Harvard Faculty Around the World

Expect a true Harvard experience this summer. During a Harvard Summer School Study Abroad program, you will engage your intellectual curiosity with Harvard faculty, build a new network of friends, and expand your understanding of the world.

The programs, from five to eight weeks in length, provide a range of academic experiences and opportunities, from focused foreign language and culture courses to immersive study of location-specific topics in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We accept applications from enrolled college students at any accredited university.

Our office hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m ET. Interested in learning more about our programs? Please email us at

Our Address:
Harvard Summer School
Study Abroad Programs
51 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Summer 2024 programs are subject to change.

2024 Summer Study Abroad Programs

Benefits of Studying Abroad Over the Summer

Studying abroad gives you an immersive learning experience that will help you become a more informed global citizen in today’s interconnected world, build independence, and gain confidence.

You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone while immersing yourself in the rich art, history, and culture of locations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, or Asia and expand your viewpoint of the world. You will have the chance to learn your chosen subject within the context of the country you’re studying in.

Participating in a study abroad program also exposes you to new cultures, helping you discover new foods, music, traditions, and local activities that most tourists miss. The connections you make during a study abroad program can become lifelong friendships. Studying abroad can also fast-track your foreign language skills and deepen your understanding of another culture.

How to Apply to Study Abroad This Summer

Applications to study abroad through Harvard Summer School in Summer 2024 open on December 6, 2023. In order to be considered for Harvard Study Abroad, all applications must be received by January 25, 2024.

To apply to a program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

Students enrolled at any accredited university are welcome to apply.

The online application for all study abroad programs include:

  • Basic personal information
  • A statement of interest
  • Your most recent transcript
  • Program-specific requirements (if applicable, may include letters of recommendation, references, etc.)

You may apply to no more than two programs. If applying to two programs, you will be asked to rank your two applications in order of preference (first and second choice). Any applications submitted in excess of the maximum of two will be automatically withdrawn.

On December 6, a link to the application for your desired program will be available on the program’s webpage.

Costs for Studying Abroad

The cost of each program varies depending on which program you choose. More information is available on each program’s webpage.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Scheduled program activities
  • Some meals
  • Harvard Summer School health insurance plan

Out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the program fee:

  • International airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals not include in the program fee
  • Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous

Financial assistance is offered to a limited number of admitted and eligible Harvard College students each year. Students from other institutions should consult their financial aid offices.

FAQs About Studying Abroad

How long are the summer abroad programs at Harvard?

The length of a study abroad program varies depending on the location of your program. Harvard Summer School Study Abroad programs range from five to eight weeks in length during the summer, with most starting sometime in June.

Are there scholarships or financial aid for summer study abroad programs?

The Mignone Center for Career Success (MCS) offers funding for a limited number of admitted and eligible Harvard College students. Funding selection is by lottery, and award amounts vary by program and financial aid status.

Students enrolled at other institutions outside Harvard should consult their financial aid offices.

Do I need a visa for a study abroad summer program?

For many — but not all — countries, United States citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days. You are responsible for learning the visa requirements of your destination based on your citizenship and for obtaining your own visa should one be required.

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of countries with country-specific information, including entry/exit requirements.

What type of health insurance is needed to study abroad?

All Harvard Summer School students are automatically enrolled in the Harvard Summer School health insurance plan. The plan premium is included in the program fee.

Are You Ready to Study Abroad this Summer?

Start your journey to academic and personal growth with Harvard Summer School’s Study Abroad program.