Mission

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It is the mission of the Office of International Education to help all Harvard undergraduates to plan for a significant international experience. Our goals are

  • to provide outstanding advising about study abroad and about other forms of significant international experience for all Harvard undergraduate students;
  • to assist Harvard faculty in monitoring the quality of these experiences;
  • to assist students in finding funding and other resources for these experiences;
  • to work with Harvard faculty to develop sustainable programs abroad that are well-integrated with the Harvard curriculum.

Guided by the Office of Undergraduate Education, and academic standards of our academic departments, the OIE maintains an list of approved programs for semester and summer study abroad; works closely with the Harvard Summer School; collaborates with regional centers and institutes offering Harvard-arranged and Harvard-led programs; and advises students who wish to study abroad on non-Harvard study abroad programs. Collaboration with academic departments, area centers, and other advising offices ensures increased cooperation, shared knowledge, and growth of expertise on study abroad at Harvard College.

The OIE also plays an instrumental role in program development initiatives through its support of the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences.

Through its role in International Health and Safety, the OIE ensures clear communication about health and safety policies to international centers, academic departments, and students; actively prepares students in the areas of international health and safety; supports travel tracking across College offices, departments and Centers funding undergraduate students traveling internationally; collaborates on international incident response; and coordinates and implements university-wide data collection on undergraduate international experience for emergency and safety management and reporting for the university.