Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

Non-Harvard College students: Students at any accredited university are welcome to apply. Harvard Summer School credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities.


Before applying to a study abroad program, be sure to: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the program(s) of interest; learn about where you will study, travel, and live; and understand the academic expectations for the program
  • Carefully consider the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of the program(s) of interest
  • Read the Study Abroad program policies

For all programs, your application requires three components: 

  1. A nonrefundable $50 application fee
  2. Your most recent transcript
  3. A completed online application

The online application includes: 

  • Basic personal information
  • A statement of interest
  • Program-specific materials (see program pages for instructions)

You may submit applications to two study abroad programs, specifying your first and second choices. (Note: Each application requires a fee.) 

Be sure to complete the online application in order. Some programs may require an additional interview. You will be notified of admission in mid- to late-February, 2017.  

For Harvard College students only: We have paired with the Financial Aid Office to consider fee reimbursements for students who are receiving full financial aid. If the $50 application fee poses a financial burden, please select the option to request a fee waiver in your online application. Please note that by requesting this reimbursement, you are giving us permission to verify your level of aid with the Financial Aid Office.