Study Away


Spring 2021 Study Away Opportunity


Living in countries around the world, in varying time zones, poses great challenges to your academic success in the synchronous remote academic environment of the 2020-2021 academic year. Therefore, for the spring 2021 semester, returning international students may engage in study away at a local university in their country of permanent residence*. 

If you have to cross a border to reach the institution in which you seek to enroll, your plan does not qualify as study away.

A Study Away term counts as one of the eight Harvard terms. 

Similar to study abroad, the courses that you take during your study away semester will be transferred in, and applied to, your Harvard record as transfer credit. While courses must be taken for a letter grade, the grades do not factor into your Harvard GPA.

Our advising team looks forward to hearing from you about this opportunity at We are available to meet with you during weekday Zoom drop-ins between 2-5pm EDT or by appointment at a time more convenient to your time zone. 

If you are interested in participating in study away for the spring 2021 semester, please complete the following steps:

  • Reach out to your local institution’s admissions office, or visiting/international students office for information regarding the application process and deadlines. If you are unable to locate a contact at your local university, reach out to Camila Nardozzi, director of the OIE for assistance.
  • If you are able to apply, complete the institutional application process and reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or Head Tutor in your concentration department to discuss courses that you would like to apply toward your concentration.
  • Reach out to the OIE ( as soon as possible about your plans and to request the Harvard College International Student Study Away petition which is due by November 15. Please do not wait until you secure admission to contact us. The petition is not binding

Please note:

  • Courses must fall in line with what Harvard considers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum and may not be pre-professional in nature. Courses in pre-law, pre-health fields, journalism or other communications, business (including entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, and marketing), and most food/agriculture related fields will be ineligible for credit.
  • Courses must be reviewed by your concentration for concentration credit and/or Camila Nardozzi, director of the OIE for elective credit.

*Institutions must be accredited and able to provide the OIE with an official transcript or grade report upon completion of the semester.