Summer FAQs

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Is it possible to fulfill the language requirement through study abroad?

While many departments do not allow students to fulfill the language requirement through study abroad, exceptions do exist. Please be sure to consult the appropriate language department for specific details, as each language department reserves the right to make their own determination regarding language courses taken abroad. 

Beginning language courses are not always eligible for credit, and some language departments will not allow you to fulfill the language requirement; each language department determines whether or not a language course may be credit-worthy. It is your...

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Is it possible to fulfill General Education requirements through summer study abroad?

Certain designated Harvard Summer School courses taken abroad can fulfill General Education requirements. For more information, please see the General Education page on Summer Courses

Non-Harvard courses taken abroad for transfer credit during the summer cannot be counted towards General Education requirements. For more information, please see the...

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Can I earn credit for an internship?

No. While you are encouraged to pursue an internship and service learning opportunities for personal enrichment, these experiences will not be considered as a part of your full academic course load and are not eligible for transfer credit.

Can I take a course Pass/Fail?

Courses must be taken for a letter grade when there is a letter grade option. If you are planning to take a course that is Pass/Fail only, please contact the OIE as soon as possible.

What if my study abroad plans change?

To cancel your summer study abroad plans you must inform the OIE, your study abroad program or foreign institution, and any funding sources as soon as possible. 

Do my study abroad grades appear on my Harvard transcript?

No. Non-Harvard study abroad course grades will not appear on your Harvard transcript and are not factored into your Harvard GPA. The name of the study abroad program or foreign institution, and the number of credits you earned, will appear on your Harvard transcript (example: “Granted 8.00 credits for work at CIEE).

Please note that Harvard Summer School Study Abroad course grades will appear on your Harvard transcript and are factored into your Harvard GPA. 

What are the final steps in the transfer credit process?

In order for your credit to be transferred and posted to your student record, you must request that an official transcript be mailed directly from the issuing institution, in a sealed envelope, to:

Office of International Education
1414 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd floor 
Cambridge, MA 02138

We can only receive and process official documents sent to us directly by the study abroad program or academic institution where you are studying. We cannot accept a transcript that is hand delivered, emailed, or faxed. This process may take time, so be proactive...

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Where do I send my transcripts from abroad?

You must speak directly with your study abroad program or institution to request that an official transcript be mailed, in a sealed envelope, to:

Office of International Education
1414 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd floor 
Cambridge, MA 02138

The OIE can only receive and process official documents sent to us by the study abroad program or academic institution directly. (We cannot accept a transcript that is hand delivered, emailed or faxed). This takes time, so be proactive!

The OIE will not accept transcripts one year post study abroad...

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Can the OIE make copies of my study abroad transcript for me?

No. The OIE cannot make copies of your official transcript, so be sure to request additional copies for fellowship, graduate school applications, etc. These should be mailed to you directly, not to the OIE.

Remember, this process takes time, so be proactive.

How do I petition for foreign language citation credit?

Foreign language citations are awarded through the Harvard language departments. Specific departmental requirements are listed in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

For information about the language department’s petition process, consult with the appropriate departmental language adviser before you leave, and as soon as possible after your return from study...

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How do I petition for Secondary Field credit?

Check in with your secondary field adviser to see if your course is eligible for secondary field credit. Once transfer credit has been posted to your student record, enter the course information in the online secondary field tool, seek your secondary field adviser’s signature of approval, and submit the form to the Registrar.