Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in good standing (as determined by the Harvard College Administrative Board) who have satisfactory academic and disciplinary records for the term preceding their proposed time away may be approved for term-time study abroad. Students considering study abroad during senior year, especially during the last term, should speak with an adviser as soon as possible...
The application process is a two-step process. You must: 1) Apply directly to the foreign university or study abroad program for admission. To do this, click on your program title and follow their application processes.
2) Submit your Request for Course Approval form to the OIE. To do this, click on the "Apply for Credit Transfer" button associated with your program choice. You may also click on the "Start/...
Yes. You may petition to participate on a program that is not found on the Approved Programs list through the OIE's Petition Process.
Please note that if your program is approved, you must submit all program material and course syllabi to your concentration, secondary field, or language department for approval priorto your participation on the program.
You will be billed directly by the study abroad program or foreign university, and will pay them directly. Harvard's Office of International Education does not handle study abroad program tuition and housing fees (except in the case of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad programs).
If you are on financial aid you should work directly with the Financial Aid Office for billing and payment.
Yes. Harvard College offers comprehensive financial aid to eligible students during the academic year to support study abroad costs. Please contact the Financial Aid Office directly for more information, and for their study abroad budgeting workshop schedule.
You must show proof of health care coverage to study abroad. All study abroad students are automatically charged for the Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP). HUSHP has two parts: the Student Health Fee, and the Student Health Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield hospital/specialty and Catamaran prescription drug coverage). A separate online waiver must be submitted for each part of the program that you do not want to participate in (Student Health Fee and/or Student Health Insurance Plan). All study abroad students are...
Students who study or work abroad are attractive candidates to employers. Going to an international destination shows initiative, independence, curiosity, a willingness to explore and acclimate to a new culture and other valuable qualities. Employers do not want to miss these candidates, but the logistics of being out of the country do create some obstacles and may require the students to do some extra leg work. Visit the OCI Program website for details on how to...
You should include language courses (language instruction, and content courses taught in a foreign language) on the Abroad Course Enrollment form. Additionally, you will need to directly contact the appropriate Language Adviser to request pre-approval of the course. The same process is followed if seeking elective credit for a language course.
Although a course may be pre-approved, all courses are subject to final approval by faculty as well. Make sure to bring syllabi, exams, and written work back with you to campus, as you may need to share your work with Harvard faculty to ensure final course approval.
The approval process begins once you have submitted your Abroad Course Enrollment form, and uploaded all of your translated syllabi to Studio Abroad. Once this occurs the syllabi are sent to Harvard faculty for review. Please note that you should submit your Abroad Course Enrollment form at least 7-10 business days in advance of your add/drop deadline, for proper review to take place. In some cases approval may happen quickly; in others, review takes more time. It takes time to finalize course approvals, as each individual course is subject to review prior...
An independent study course with a member of the Harvard Faculty while studying abroad is governed by the same policies as completing an independent study course in residence, except that the independent study petition must be submitted by the study abroad deadlines and reviewed as part of the overall application for study 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...
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.
No. 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 16.00 credits for work at the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona”).
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.
Once the OIE has confirmed via email that transfer credit has been posted to your student record, and as you plan for your final year at Harvard, please contact the Registrar's Office to request the course reduction. Specify which General Education requirement you would like to waive, and the Registrar will update your academic record accordingly.
Beginning Fall 2019 Gen Ed requirements will no longer be reduced for term-time study abroad.