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

Summer 2021: Updates and Resources

For reasons of health and safety, all 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online. The feedback from our 2020 virtual programs from students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

The following outlines Harvard Summer School’s plans to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the community. The plans are in accordance with the University’s response and we encourage you to also visit the general Harvard University COVID-19 information page.

Below is information for students. Faculty and teaching assistants should consult with HSS Academic Administration and the Teaching and Learning site for support moving their courses online.

Study Abroad Programs

Harvard Summer School will offer 2022 study abroad programs. Learn more about 2022 updates. For further travel resources, please visit the Harvard Global Support Services website.

Resources and Information

On-Campus Courses Move Online

All summer courses have been moved to a virtual format. No classes, labs, section meetings, or exams will be held on campus this summer.

  • Most changes will affect format only. If your course meeting schedule changes, we will notify you of that as well. 
    • Courses will be hosted on Zoom. We recommend that if you don’t already use the web-conferencing platform Zoom that you become familiar with it and review our guidelines for using this platform. Also view Zoom help video or attend a training.
  • Be aware of deadlines. If you should need to make changes to your course(s) as a result of the change in format please remember to do so by the course change and drop deadlines for your session or program. 
  • The Summer School cannot reimburse for lodging, travel, or other course-related expenses.

International Students 

Harvard Summer School will no longer issue I-20 certificates for on-campus study this year. All I-20 certificates that have already been issued will be canceled as required by U.S. federal immigration regulations. Please visit the International Student Guidelines page for additional information. 

Pre-College Program students will no longer need to apply for a B2 visa or visa waiver (ESTA) to participate.

Immunizations and Medical Documents

Students are no longer required to meet the immunization requirement and will no longer need to submit any medical forms, including the Medical History and Consent forms for high school program students. Please contact with any questions.

On-Campus Housing and Dining

Summer School on-campus housing and dining will not be available this summer. See Campus Life for additional information.


The Pre-College Program and Secondary School Program (SSP) will be offered this summer in an online format. 

Changes to Courses and Course Formats

Pre-College: Courses open to Pre-College Program students will be offered as Online (live) web conference and taught at the time listed in the course catalog. While we understand that it may be difficult for students who are not in Eastern Time to participate in synchronous courses, we feel it is important to maintain a seminar-style experience in Pre-College Program courses. Please review the Admitted Students page for more information.

SSP: Harvard Summer School courses, in which SSP students enroll, are offered in several online formats. Updates to the Summer School course catalog are forthcoming.

Program Costs

Pre-College: The program fee, which includes tuition and activity costs for the full two week online session, is now $3,200. Please see Program Cost for more information.

SSP: Tuition for seven-week Harvard Summer School courses, taken through the Secondary School Program, remains $3,340 for four credits, and $6,680 for eight credits. SSP students may enroll in one or two college courses. The tuition fee covers all SSP and Summer School academic support and extracurricular activities for the full seven-week summer term. Please see Program Cost for more information. 


The deadline for Harvard Summer School programs for high school students has now passed.

We understand you may encounter difficulties providing documentation for checklist items, such as English proficiency test scores or the Counselor Report form. Should you run into any issues, please reach out to us at, so that we may consider alternative options for you on a case-by-case basis.


Harvard College Students

Summer School courses that had been scheduled to count for credit toward your Harvard College degree will continue to do so. Please check the Harvard College Student Guidelines for more information. 

Harvard Extension School Prospective and Admitted Degree Candidates

Any 2021 Harvard Summer School course delivered in the live web-conference format can fulfill the on-campus requirement for a Harvard Extension School (HES) degree for all students who complete the course with the necessary credit status and grade as outlined on the HES website. Prospective and admitted degree candidates must use the degree course search found on the HES website to determine which courses meet the on-campus requirement. See Harvard Extension Students for more information.