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Harvard Summer School is an academically rigorous experience for learners of all ages. Live on campus or study online. Join an international program or take one of our 300+ courses for college credit. Choose the summer experience that’s right for you.Academics
Taught by Harvard faculty and visiting experts, our programs offer a challenging, rewarding academic experience.
Study, socialize, and engage with a global community of students and peers.
With so many options to choose from, you can create the summer experience that works for you.
The Harvard Summer School makes Harvard’s academic resources—a distinguished faculty, well-equipped laboratories, fine museums, and a world-class university library—available to students of many ages, backgrounds, and nationalities through an intensive summer session of liberal arts courses in Cambridge and overseas.
Our international student body includes Harvard undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, visitors from other colleges and universities, highly qualified secondary school students, and adult learners. Students take summer courses to challenge themselves academically, meet degree requirements, prepare for graduate school, gain college experience, advance their careers, and pursue personal enrichment.
Students who study at Harvard Summer School may reside in a supportive residential environment, commute to campus, complete courses online, or participate in one of the faculty-led programs abroad. Many come to experience the extraordinary environment of Harvard College academics, resources, and residential life.
Harvard Summer School serves the University community by providing faculty with teaching opportunities that allow them to experiment with new materials and teaching methods. Students from many Harvard schools take advantage of the breadth of summer course offerings to meet requirements for concentrations and degree programs, and to create more flexibility within their term-time academic program. Harvard College students take advantage of the summer session to expand their cultural, social, and intellectual horizons by studying abroad.
2024 Harvard Summer School High-School Applications Are Now Open!
Spend your summer meeting new friends from around the world and building important life skills that can make your future college experience a success — all while strengthening your college application.
Harvard’s Summer College Programs for high school students are intensive programs designed to give students a glimpse of college and the opportunity to challenge themselves in college-level academics. You’ll meet new friends from around the world and build important life skills that can make your future college experience a success — all while strengthening your college application.
The Secondary School program offers over 200 for credit college courses in total between the 4- and 7-week programs.In this immersive experience you’ll learn alongside high school and college students from around the globe.
The format of our 7-week program is flexible, so choose from on-campus, commuting, or online.
Apply to the Secondary School Program
The Pre-College program is exclusively on campus and has three, 2-week sessions you can choose from over the summer.Learn alongside peers from around the world in these non-credit, but academically rigorous courses.
Your Harvard Summer School Experience
Harvard Summer School offers more than 400 courses for adult and college students, in more than 60 different subject areas. Our courses are offered in a variety of flexible formats, so you can find the option that works best with your busy schedule.
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