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Visiting Undergraduate Student Program

Spend a Term or Year at Harvard

Add Harvard to your undergraduate experience by spending a year or term studying as a visiting undergraduate student. We welcome the unique insights visiting students bring from their current universities, and we are happy to include them in our diverse academic community.

Consider applying if you:

  • Are currently enrolled in full-time, undergraduate study in the U.S. or abroad
  • Have strong academic and personal record at your current university
  • Feel your interests would be well served by undergraduate courses which may not be offered normally in your home institution but are offered by the Faculty of Arts Sciences (FAS) in our course catalog

Visiting undergraduate students are not eligible for financial aid, so you will need to be prepared to cover tuition and other costs.

Visiting undergraduate experience

In addition to enrollment in courses at the college, you can take advantage of our many museums, laboratories, theaters, and extracurricular activities, all in the rich cultural and historical setting of Cambridge and Boston. Explore life at Harvard.

Although you are responsible for securing your own off-campus housing, you will be included in our House system through affiliation with Dudley House. Along with other Harvard students who live off-campus, Dudley House will coordinate your academic advising and offer recreational facilities and social activities. 


To help ensure your time at Harvard is successful, we provide advising resources specifically for visiting undergraduate students. 

Our advisers:

  • Give you an extensive orientation upon arrival and approve your final course selection
  • Meet with you by appointment throughout the term to discuss academic issues and monitor your progress
  • Hold regular open office hours
  • Help you access specialized advising resources
  • Organize social gatherings with other visiting undergraduates

Off-campus housing resources

Normally, Visiting Undergraduate Students are not eligible to apply for on-campus housing. However, for some terms, a limited number of rooms will be available to VUS, though cannot be guaranteed. Please note that these rooms would not be in any of the twelve residential Houses and all Visiting Undergraduate Students will be affiliated with Dudley House. More information will be provided to students only after they are admitted.

As always, students are welcome to find their own accommodations. If you choose not to live in the housing, if available, securing an apartment in the Cambridge area can be time-consuming, and it is important to allow sufficient time to find accommodation. When accepted, begin your search as soon as possible. It is critical to secure housing before arriving at Harvard.

Harvard University Housing

Harvard University Housing cannot secure off-campus housing for undergraduate students, but they do provide a number of online resources and can answer questions that are common for students who will be new to Cambridge. (e.g., Which residential areas are close to the mass transit system? Which locations are within walking distance to Harvard Yard? What is a reasonable rental rate? etc.). After you have been accepted and decide to matriculate, you can access a Harvard University affiliate database of private market rentals and sublets. 


Applications for the VUS program are considered twice a year. Fall term runs from late August to late December, and spring term from late January to mid-May. Students who apply for the full academic year begin in late August and finish in mid-May. Learn more about our VUS application process and apply online


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