How It Works

Students who receive Harvard grant assistance are eligible to transfer their financial aid to an approved term-time study abroad program. A Study Abroad Supplement must be submitted with supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office for their approved semesters. Once the budget is approved, the parent contribution, student contribution, and term-time work expectation are subtracted from this budget. The remaining amount is met with grant aid. If the budget is less than that of a Harvard semester, the student may be receiving less grant for the study abroad semester but the costs to the family should be the same. If the program is more expensive than a Harvard semester, we can provide additional grant up to $5,000 more than the student would receive during a Harvard semester. Any costs in excess of the $5,000 threshold will not be eligible for grant funding, however a subsidized loan will be available to meet these additional expenses.

Students studying abroad will have the normal term-time job expectation as a part of their financial aid award for their study abroad semester but may opt to take a subsidized loan for this amount if they wish. Some study abroad programs may offer funding directly to students—while students are welcome to apply for these grants, any awards provided will be subject to our outside awards policy and must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. A Consortium Agreement will be collected by mid-semester to verify whether the study abroad program is providing any outside awards.

Our office does not make payments directly to study abroad programs. Students will be refunded financial aid directly in advance of their program and it is the student’s responsibility to pay the program.

How To Apply

  • Complete and submit the Study Abroad Supplement.
  • Deadline for Fall 2020/Full Year Study Abroad: May 1, 2020.
  • Deadline for Spring 2021 Study Abroad: October 30, 2020.
  • All students must submit a Consortium Agreement unless you are direct enrolling into a university abroad or are on a Harvard program. Consortium agreements are to be filled out by the host American program.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) works with undergraduate students who are planning for a significant academic year, term, or summer international experience.

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Budgeting Help

The Office of International Education holds evening study breaks hosted by student advisers who have recently returned from popular destinations—such as the U.K., France, and Cuba—to share their experiences, provide program advice, and help you think about your budget.

Financial aid walk-in hours for budgeting questions on a walk-in basis at the following times and locations:

  • April 22, 4-6pm, Lamont Library 230
  • April 24, 4-6pm, Straus Common Room
  • April 30, 4-6pm, Boylston Hall 203
  • May 1, 2:30-4:30pm, Griffin Financial Aid Office at 86 Brattle Street

Students are also able to schedule appointments with their financial aid officers to review completing their Study Abroad Supplements.