About the VUS Program

Add Harvard College to your undergraduate experience by spending a term or full academic year studying as a Visiting Undergraduate Student (VUS). We welcome the unique insights visiting students bring from their current universities around the world.

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. 

You should consider applying to the VUS program if you:

  • Are currently enrolled in full-time, undergraduate study in the U.S. or abroad
  • Have a 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 and Sciences (FAS). View our course catalog for full listings.

Please note that visiting undergraduate students are not eligible for financial aid, so you will need to be prepared to cover all tuition and other costs.

Application Timeline

Admission to the VUS program is offered twice per year. Students can apply to start in the fall or the spring term. Students applying for fall admission can enroll for either one semester or the full academic year. Please be aware that Visiting Undergraduate Students are required to arrive one week ahead of the first meeting of classes for a mandatory orientation and must be on campus for final exams.

Fall term or full academic year

  • Application opens: February 1
  • Application deadline: April 1
  • Notification of admission: We will notify applicants as soon as we are able to during the summer

Spring term

  • Application opens: August 1
  • Application deadline: October 1
  • Notification of admission: by December 1

Applications must be postmarked by the date of the deadline. Ordinarily, you are not allowed to defer admission, so please apply for the appropriate term.

How To Apply

Detailed VUS Application Steps

Other Application Requirements

Take a Virtual Tour

Use our Virtual Tour to discover spaces that aren't even available on an in-person campus tour, such as classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, and more.

Birds eye view of campus

Tuition & Fees

When you spend a term or year at Harvard, you will need to pay the costs listed below. Visiting Undergraduate Students are not eligible for Harvard financial aid, and you must secure your own funding. In order to satisfy U.S. Immigration requirements, international students must demonstrate that they can afford all expenses, including tuition, fees, living expenses, and travel.

While you are responsible for securing your own off-campus housing, you will need to show that you can afford the room and board estimations shown below before arriving at Harvard.

Most Harvard College students are enrolled in four courses (16 credits) per term, but you may choose to enroll in fewer. If you are an international student, you are required by United States immigration laws to enroll in a full-time program of study in order to obtain your visa.

Tuition Rates Per Course for 2019 - 2020

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Housing & Advising

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 the Dudley Community. More information will be provided to students 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 competitive and 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 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.


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

Contact VUS Admissions

If you have any questions about the Visiting Undergraduate Students admissions, please contact us at adm-vus@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-9707. We're here to help.