Covid-19 Updates & FAQs

Information for Fall 2021

As outlined in President Bacow and Dean Gay's May 25th message, all undergraduate students will return to campus-based living and learning for a return to in-person teaching for the fall 2021 semester. 
 

When can I move into my Yard or House?
Undergraduate move-in will be staggered by class year. The Class of 2023 move-in begins on August 20th. The Class of 2025 move-in starts on August 25th, and their orientation will be held from August 28th through August 31st. The complete undergraduate move-in schedule is available here.

What if I cannot arrive by the first day of classes (September 1, 2021)?
Harvard College will permit international undergraduates, whose arrival has been delayed by visa processing or other barriers, to enroll this fall if they can arrive on campus by the Fifth Monday (October 4th). The Office of International Education will contact these students and advise them in selecting courses that they can begin remotely and then join in person after arrival. International undergraduates who cannot arrive by the Fifth Monday may enroll in the spring semester.

Will I have to quarantine upon arrival to campus?
Residential students should expect a short arrival quarantine period. Additional information about public health protocols for move-in will be released in June and will reflect the latest available public health guidance and current requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

What if I am not vaccinated upon arrival? Can I receive my vaccine on campus?
Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) will provide vaccination to any enrolled, full-time student who has not been vaccinated. More information regarding vaccination upon arrival will be sent later this summer. 

I am a member of the Class of 2024 and wasn't on campus during the 2020-2021 school year. Will there be an orientation for me too?
Yes! The Office of International Education is offering an in-person orientation for sophomore international students, date TBD. Additionally, the Dean of Students Office is also facilitating a House-based orientation for all members of the Class of 2023 and 2024. More information on both orientations to come!

I have questions about my visa or I-20. Who should I turn to?
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) manages visa and immigration-related services for the Harvard community. For questions related to your specific case, please reach out to Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars. The HIO can also provide guidance related to the July 6 ICE press release and what that means for you and your individual case, whether you are an incoming first-year or returning student.


Information on Summer 2021

For the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding Harvard Summer School, please visit the Harvard Summer School for College students webpage.   

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

I have questions about my visa or I-20. Who should I turn to?
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) manages visa and immigration-related services for the Harvard community. For questions related to your specific case, please reach out to Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars. The HIO can also provide guidance related to the July 6 ICE press release and what that means for you and your individual case, whether you are an incoming first-year or returning student.

Am I eligible to return to campus for the summer?
> At this time, the U.S. government has not released guidance for the summer 2021. However, current government guidance does not allow international students with new, initial SEVIS records to come to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status to begin an entirely online academic program. New international students with programs fully online, who are not transferring their SEVIS record from their academic programs in the U.S. or changing their level of education within Harvard, should not plan to come to the U.S., even if they are successful in getting a visa appointment and receive an F-1 or J-1 visa. The HIO will coordinate with the College to update I-20 forms for these students reflecting a start date consistent with academic plans for in-person or hybrid instruction. 

Can international students who are eligible for the tuition waiver but are unable to come to campus due to visa or other restrictions apply the tuition waiver to a different summer?
> Unfortunately, the Summer 2021 Harvard Summer School tuition waiver is not transferrable to a future summer. Students who are unable to come to campus in the summer due to visa or other travel restrictions are encouraged to take advantage of the tuition waiver and enroll in courses, or work with the Office of Career Services and the FAS International Centers to find in-country opportunities. Students may also engage in virtual study abroad through the OIE. 

For more information about the tuition waiver and to view Harvard Summer School courses and policies, please visit the Harvard Summer School for College students webpage

If I enroll in Harvard Summer School, where can I obtain more information regarding summer academic accommodations
> If you require accommodations for learning, please contact the Harvard Summer School Accessible Services Office.

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic support?
> Harvard Summer School Student Services provides resources to support your academic success with Harvard Summer School courses. Please reach out to them, or the Harvard College Academic Resource Center for more information. 

What supports will be in place for international students? 
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) and the Office of International Education (OIE) are available to support international students. For questions related to immigration or visa-related matters, students should contact the HIO. For questions related to academic support and advising, summer opportunities, or technology needs, students should reach out directly to the OIE. The OIE also holds daily drop-ins to accommodate varied time zones (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2:00-5:00 pm EST; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-11:00 am EST).

RETURNING STUDENTS

I have questions about my visa or I-20. Who should I turn to?
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) manages visa and immigration-related services for the Harvard community. For questions related to your specific case, please reach out to Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars. The HIO can also provide guidance related to the July 6 ICE press release and what that means for you and your individual case, whether you are an incoming first-year or returning student.

Am I eligible to return to campus for the summer?
> As a continuing student with an active Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) record, you are currently permitted to return to the U.S. to resume your studies, even if your program is 100% online. Again, updated government guidance for the Summer 2021 Term is not yet available so we must advise within the parameters of the most current guidance available. If updated guidance is issued, the HIO will update the community and our COVID FAQ accordingly.  If you are an international student returning from a leave of absence, please contact your HIO Advisor to review your plans.  

If you were on a leave of absence for the spring 2021 semester: Current government guidance does not allow international students with new, initial SEVIS records to come to the U.S in F-1 or J-1 status to begin an entirely online academic program. New international students with programs fully online programs, who are not transferring their SEVIS record from other academic programs in the U.S. or changing their level of education within Harvard, should not plan to come to the U.S. this spring, even if they are successful in getting a visa appointment and receive an F-1 or J-1 visa.   The HIO will coordinate with the College to update I-20 forms for these students; reflecting a start date consistent with academic plans for in-person or hybrid instruction.  If updated guidance is issued, the HIO will update the community and our COVID FAQ accordingly.  If you are an international student returning from a leave of absence, please contact your HIO Advisor to review your plans.  

Can international students who are eligible for the tuition waiver but are unable to come to campus due to visa or other restrictions apply the tuition waiver to a different summer?
> Unfortunately, the Summer 2021 Harvard Summer School tuition waiver is not transferrable to a future summer. Students who are unable to come to campus in the summer due to visa or other travel restrictions are encouraged to take advantage of the tuition waiver and enroll in courses, or work with the Office of Career Services and the FAS International Centers to find in-country opportunities. Students may also engage in virtual study abroad through the OIE.

For more information about the tuition waiver and to view Harvard Summer School courses and policies, please visit the https://www.summer.harvard.edu/harvard-college-student-overview webpage.

If I enroll in Harvard Summer School, where can I obtain more information regarding summer academic accommodations
> If you require accommodations for learning, please contact the Harvard Summer School Accessible Services Office.

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic support?
> Harvard Summer School Student Services provides resources to support your academic success with Harvard Summer School courses. Please reach out to them, or the Harvard College Academic Resource Center for more information.

What supports will be in place for international students? 
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) and the Office of International Education (OIE) are available to support international students. For questions related to immigration or visa-related matters, students should contact the HIO. For questions related to academic support and advising, summer opportunities, or technology needs, students should reach out directly to the OIE. The OIE also holds daily drop-ins to accommodate varied time zones (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2:00-5:00 pm EST; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-11:00 am EST).