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Have a Conversation with an Alumni Interviewer

More than 15,000 alumni/ae help us recruit students from all 50 states and from around the world. In the United States, typically you will have the opportunity to have an in-person interview with a regional Harvard representative in or near your local community. However, if an interview cannot be arranged, you will not be at a disadvantage during the application process. 

We also offer a limited number of on-campus interviews from September through November. Because of heavy demand for these appointments, we recommend you wait for an official local interview instead. Arrangements for these meetings usually occur sometime after your application is submitted.

International applicant interviews

We encourage interested international applicants to have an interview if possible. If an interviewer is not available sufficiently close to you to make an interview possible, the absence of an interview will not adversely affect your candidacy. 

UK and Canada

You will be contacted directly by an interviewer. 

Countries with applicant-initiated interviews

If you are applying from one of the following countries, you should initiate contact with one of our interviewers once you have submitted your Common Application. Please email us with your full name, the name of your school, the country in which your school is located, and, if different, the country where you are located.

  • Bahamas
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Palestine 
  • Switzerland

Countries with limited interviews

If you are located in one of these countries, you are in an area where we have a limited number of interviewers. If the Admissions Committee requires more information about you, you will be contacted by the Admissions Office. If you are not interviewed, it will not adversely affect your candidacy: 

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Peru
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Countries not listed

If your country is not listed on this page, we do not have local interviewers available. The lack of an interview will not affect your candidacy.

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