Study Abroad Updates & FAQs

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

Can I study abroad during the Fall 2021 semester?
> The OIE is tentatively planning for Fall 2021 Study Abroad, although it recognizes that students currently are not permitted to travel internationally under the University Travel Guidance. Whether Fall 2021 Study Abroad will go forward depends on a number of factors, including, for example: whether changes are made to the University Travel Guidance to allow for undergraduate international travel; the public health situation at the time; and any travel restrictions that may be imposed by Harvard or by government authorities. The OIE continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation world-wide as it considers the resumption of study abroad programs for Harvard students. If study abroad is permitted, students also should note that individual study abroad programs may be adjusted with regard to start date, content, and other program logistics in order to meet health and safety considerations on site. 

Can I apply to any program of my choosing?
> The OIE has curated a list of eligible programs for fall 2021 study abroad. Created, in consultation with Global Support Services, the programs have been thoughtfully and carefully vetted. Unfortunately, the OIE will not be accepting petitions to participate on programs not found on this list. 

What is the deadline to apply?
> The OIE will be accepting applications through April 15, 2021, though remember that each study abroad program or institution has their own deadlines to apply for admission.

What are the steps to apply to study abroad?
> You can review the steps to study abroad here

Summer 2021 Study Abroad

Can I study abroad during Summer 2021?
> Unfortunately, as of January 28, 2021, in-person summer study abroad has been cancelled, though virtual opportunities are available.

If my study abroad program is being offered virtually, can I still participate?
> Yes! Virtual study abroad programming is available for elective, concentration, secondary field, and language citation credit. The list of virtual summer programs can be viewed here, and will continue to be updated.

Is there funding available for virtual study abroad? 
> Yes! Funding applications are due February 16. For more information, please visit our Summer Programs and other Information webpage.

What are the first steps to planning for virtual summer study abroad? 
> We encourage you to attend virtual Drop-ins, MWF 2:00-5:00pm EST or T/TH 9:00-11:00am to speak with an OIE adviser or request a virtual appointment at

Can I study abroad at a domestic U.S. institution in the summer? 
> For the list of all eligible virtual study abroad opportunities, please visit the Summer Programs and Other Information webpage

What if I want to study abroad during the fall or spring semester? 
> The first step to planning a semester study abroad experience is to speak with an OIE adviser. To do this, please attend virtual Drop-ins, MWF 2:00-5:00pm EST or T/TH 9:00-11:00am, or write to to request a virtual appointment with an OIE. The study abroad application process, including credit eligibility, approved programs, and more, can be found here.  

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.