The Harvard Summer School program offers courses taught by Harvard professors and visiting scholars during the summer months in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Fields of study

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Film, TV & Media
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Law
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Music
  • Chinese
  • English Literature
  • Writing
  • Computer Science
  • Information technology
  • Communication, Digital Media, & Public Relations
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability
  • Earth & Geographical Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • French
  • Finance
  • German
  • Political Science
  • International relations
  • Development
  • Criminology
  • Classical Languages
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • History
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Spanish

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university websiteUQ students are able to complete on-campus courses within the following sessions only: 

7-week Session

  • Start Date: 20 June 2020
  • End Date: 08 August 2020
  • Credit: For-credit only
3-week Session 1
  • Start Date: 20 June 2020
  • End Date: 10 July 2020
  • Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
3-week Session 2
  • Start Date: 13 July 2020
  • End Date: 31 July 2020
  • Credit: For-credit only

*Applicants are advised to submit 2-3 courses on their application for credit form for faculty assessment credit in case of course cancellation. 

Please Note: The 7-week Session and 3-week Session 1 start date may conflict with the semester 1 exam period by one day. Students participating in session 1 are able to arrive in Boston on June 21 if necessary and should not book flights until their exam schedule is known. 

Credit equivalent

4 Credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 4 UQ Units if 8 Credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval). 

Please note that students who enrol in intensive courses worth 8 credits will only be eligible for a maximum of 2 UQ units unless otherwise approved by their Faculty. 

Students wishing to receive credit for any Harvard Summer School course will need to provide a full course syllabus in their Global Experiences application. If a current course syllabus is not available, please contact Harvard Summer School directly or provide a past copy of the course syllabus (if possible). Your Global Experiences application will not be assessed without a full course syllabus. 

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experience team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the host program for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard Short-term Global Experiences Student Eligibility Criteria and the Harvard entry requirements. Non-native speakers of English should note the additional English language proficiency requirements prior to applying.  

The 7-week session and the 3-week Session 2 impacts on UQ semester 2 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates. 

*Please note that Harvard Summer School registration begins on 02 March 2020. 

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Program tuition is approximately $4,900 AUD per course. 

More information regarding program fees can be found on the host university website

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation is available at an additional cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the host university website

Owen - 2019

In 2018, I graduated from my Bachelor of Arts program at UQ, with majors in English Literature and Philosophy. While my philosophy background at UQ allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of epistemology, phenomenology and metaphysics, I knew that my Honours thesis would benefit greatly from a more rigorous philosophical framework. 

Read more of Owen's story here


Rachel - 2019

This experience has really changed me for the better. Personally, I was really pushed out of my comfort zone and I had to grow my confidence. While at times difficult, this was extremely rewarding and I have walked away from the experience with friends from across the world and a new respect for myself and what I am capable of. Academically, the course at Harvard really tested me, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life.

Read more of Rachel's story here





Denham - 2019

I sought to participate in a short term experience as I was very eager to gain overseas experience and complement my resume with an exchange program at an institution such as Harvard. I was also very eager to participate in this particular exchange so that I could experience the American 'style' of education and determine if there were suitable opportunities to complete further studies abroad once I conclude my Undergraduate degree at UQ.

Read more of Denham's story here


Joanne - 2018

I chose Harvard University because it is such a rare experience to come across, so I seized the opportunity! I studied Sustainable Finance and Investments. It was very worthwhile and relevant to my degree and to my personal interests.

Read more of Joanne's story here





Jessica - 2018

The chance to explore Boston and Cambridge where such a historic University exists was amazing. It really was a once in a lifetime experience being able to learn in the classrooms and libraries that have housed so many incredible people before me.

Read more of Jessica's story here






BEL Faculty Credit Assessment

Credit must be confirmed with BEL Faculty to check suitability for your program requirements. You should consult with International Mobility Coordinator prior to submitting an application. The credit precedents information on this site is provided as a guide only. Please see Credit Precedents Disclaimer for further details.

Harvard Course (2019 Offerings) BEL Credit Assessment

Undergraduate Students

ECON S-1476 International Corporate Governance: Economic Theory in Practice

credit towards BBusMan Level 3 Elective OR Business Economics Major Level 3 elective

ECON S-1620 Organizations, Management Behavior, and Economics credit towards BBusMan Level 2 Group 3 elective
MGMT S-5027 Emerging Markets in the Global Economy credit for unspecified level 3 BBusMan or BCom Group 3 elective
CSCI S-71 Agile Software Development credit for Unspecified level 2 BCom Business Information Systems major
ENVR S-138 Sustainable Finance and Investments credit for Unspecified Level 3 BCom Finance major

MGMT S-5016 Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

credit for TIMS3309 Fundamentals of Technology and Innovation Management
MGMT S-6040 International Marketing credit for unspecified BBusMan Level 3 Marketing major elective
ENVR S-162 Law for Sustainability credit for unspecified Level 5 Laws elective
LSTU S-129 Islamic Law, Finance, and Business Ethics credit for unspecified Level 5 Laws elective
MGMT S-4225 Negotiation and Organizational Conflict Resolution credit for MGTS3602 Managing Workplace Conflict
MGMT S-4310 Creative Thinking and Organizational Success credit for Unspecified BBusMan Level 3 Elective
MGMT S-5018 Corporate Governance credit for Unspecified Level 3 BBusMan Elective
MGMT S-5505 Family Business in Theory and Practice  credit for Unspecified Level 2 BBusMan Elective
MGMT S-5650 International Business: Context and Strategies credit for IBUS2302 Globalisation & Business
ECON S-1816 Economics of Innovation credit for unspecified Level 3 Economics elective
MBA Students
MGMT S-4310 Creativity and Innovation

credit towards TIMS7811 Innovation Leadership 

MGMT S-6000 Marketing Management credit  towards MKTG7806 Marketing Management
MGMT S-5000 Strategic Management credit towards MGTS7803 Integrated Strategic Analysis
MGMT S-2020 Managerial Finance credit towards FINM7805 Financial Management
MGMT S-4150 Leadership credit towards MGTS7810 Leading People and Teams
Postgraduate Students  
MGMT S-5000 Strategic Management Approved for MGTS7303 Principles of Strategic Management
MGMT S-4150 Leadership Approved for MGTS7619 Leadership: Theory & Practice
MGMT S-5650 International Business: Context and Strategies Approved for IBUS7302 Operating International Business
ECON S-1476 International Corporate Governance: Economic Theory in Practice Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-5015 Applied Corporate Responsibility Approved for #2 general elective
ECON S-1620 Organizations, Management Behavior, and Economics Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ECON S-1665 Economics of Sustainable Development Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ECON S-1816 Economics of Innovation Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ISMT S-111 Advertising Analytics and Real-Time Technology Approved for #2 units unspecified credit towards MBus Advertising major; OR #2 units General elective within MCom or MEI programs
ISMT S-115 Business Analytics Approved for #2 units unspecified credit towards MBus or MCom Information Systems major; or elective within MEI
ISMT S-116 Operations Analytics and Optimization Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-5010 Electronic Commerce Strategies Approved for #2 units unspecified credit towards MBus or MCom Information Systems major; or #2 units general elective credit towards MBus or MCom or MEI
MGMT S-5027 Emerging Markets in the Global Economy Approved for #2 units general elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-6040 International Marketing Approved for #2 unit general elective credit towards MBus Marketing major; or general elective towards MEI or MCom
MGMT S-2020 Managerial Finance Approved for credit towards FINM7409 Financial Management for Decision Makers
MGMT S-2725 Global M&A Design for the Twenty-First Century: Digital Business Model Innovation and Cross-Border Deals Approved for #2 unspecified credit towards MCom Applied Finance course
MGMT S-5016 Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Approved for credit towards EIBS7301 Idea Management

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
Host: 04 May 2020

Program Dates

See the 'Program' tab for more different program dates. 

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Boston, USA
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate MBA


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.