Who Can Study Abroad?

From a full year, term, or even just a summer abroad, there are many ways to experience international study. Over half of Harvard College students participate in an international experience during their time as an undergraduate.

Harvard students travel with the benefit of exceptional support. From preparation prior to your departure and on-the-ground resources, to funding support and academic advising, students can be confident that their experience will be rewarding and valuable.

  • You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for term-time study abroad.
  • All students except for graduating seniors are eligible for summer study.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) advises Harvard College students on all aspects of study abroad.

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Getting Started

Planning is key to a successful study abroad experience. It is never too early to begin integrating study abroad into your individual academic plan, seeking advice from advisers and your concentration, and visiting the Office of International Education for guidance. 

To start planning your study abroad experience, you can meet with an Office of International Education adviser during drop-in hours, which are held daily (Monday-Friday 2:00-5:00 p.m.). You can also meet with a student adviser who has already studied abroad for at least one term. Student advisers represent a variety of academic disciplines and include athletes, first-generation students, and recipients of financial aid.

Griffin Financial Aid Office

Contact the Griffin Financial Aid Office for guidance while planning your study abroad experience and during your time abroad.

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Applying for Study Abroad

Online application instructions and materials are available on the Office of International Education website.

To study abroad, you must do both of the following things: 

  • Apply directly to your study abroad program or university for admission
  • Apply to the Office of International Education for transfer credit

Applications Deadlines for Transfer Credit

Term Time

  • October 1 for Spring Term study abroad
  • March 1 for Fall Term study abroad

Summer

  • Mid-February (for students applying for both funding and credit)
  • April 1 (for students only seeking credit)

Important Approvals

Your Allston Burr Resident Dean and appropriate academic departments must approve proposed study abroad coursework. This ensures that advising conversations take place before you receive approval to study abroad. Your Office of International Education advisers will help you to understand the process and answer specific questions.

Financial Aid and Summer Funding

Students receiving financial aid from Harvard can transfer their financial aid from Harvard to an approved term-time study abroad program.

Students seeking to study abroad in the summer can also apply for competitive summer grants and funding available at the College from a variety of sources. To begin searching for funding for summer study abroad, visit the Harvard College Funding Sources Database for available options.

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