Study Abroad Updates & FAQs

Spring 2021 Study Abroad


Can I study abroad during Spring 2021?
> Unfortunately, as of October 1, 2020, spring 2021 study abroad has been cancelled. Please read the full statement here

Now that spring 2021 study abroad is cancelled, can I defer my study abroad plans to fall 2021 or another semester?
> Please contact the OIE at to discuss deferral options.

If my study abroad program is being offered virtually, can I still participate?
> Virtual study abroad programming, while offered for summer 2020, will not be offered as semester-long options.

​​What are the first steps to planning for a future semester abroad?
> We encourage you to attend Virtual Drop-in Hours held weekdays 2:00-5:00pm EDT or write to to request an appointment with a study abroad adviser. The study abroad application process, including credit eligibility, approved programs, and more, can be found here.  

As a returning international student can I study at a local university in my home country? 
> Ordinarily, international students are not permitted to study abroad in the home country; however, as a result of the remote academic year, study away is possible. Please write to to request an appointment to speak with someone, or drop-in to virtual drop-ins, M-F 2:00-5:00pm EDT. You can find more information regarding international study away here

Can I study out of residence for Harvard degree credit at another US institution? 
> As noted in the Harvard College Handbook for Students, Harvard does not ordinarily grant credit for study out of residence at other U.S. institutions, except in rare cases when such study is judged to offer a “special opportunity” unavailable to the student at Harvard. Information on the process for petitioning for credit for study out of residence within the U.S. can be obtained from the student’s Resident Dean; if the student’s petition is approved by the Administrative Board, the OIE will be notified by the appropriate Dean and will instruct the student on how to apply for transfer credit.

Where can I obtain more information about how Harvard College is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
> Please visit the Harvard University COVID-19 webpage for more information.