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

There are two summer sessions being offered during the Winter 2019 break.

Fields of study

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Mathematics 
  • Management
  • Psychology

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

Session 1
  • Start date: 22 June 2019
  • End date: 12 July 2019
  • Credit: For credit or not for credit
  • Session 1 start date may conflict semester 1, 2019 exam period by one day. Students participating in session 1 are able to arrive in Boston on June 23 if necessary and should not book flights until their exam schedule is known. 
Session 2
  • Start date: 14 July 2019
  • End date: 02 August 2019
  • Credit: For credit only

Credit equivalent

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

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.  

Session 2 impacts on UQ semester 2, 2019 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates. 

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The program tuition fees are approximately $4,700 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.


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



Philip - 2019

Having previously enjoyed studying with an Ivy league school from USA, this was an opportunity to do so again at another university.

This experience has confirmed a belief of mine that the top students from Australian universities are just as able as those from the top universities in the USA. To have this again confirmed, and to know that I can compete at this level is rewarding and yet strangely humbling.

Read more of Philip'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





Julia - 2018

Life at Harvard felt like living in a little bubble, an incubator think-tank filled with remarkable humans. When our time is up, we pop out the other side far more openminded about what leadership means and the impact it can have on the world and the wonderful people we share it with every day.

Read more of Julia's story here



Georgia - 2018

I felt that I developed my public speaking and ability to discuss in class groups as a result of the class structure at Harvard. Moreover, I made close friendships with people from across the world and got to explore some of the most exciting cities in America.

Read more of Georgia's story here. 





Ryan - 2018

My favourite aspect of the course was the in-class discussions which the professor encouraged where I had the chance to hear from the diverse group of students who ranged from Wall Street professionals to students of Muslim faith. The course content was diverse enough that everybody had some personal experience regarding law, finance or Islam in general that they could share with the class.

Read more of Ryan'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 Disclaimerfor further details.

Harvard Course BEL Credit Assessment

Undergraduate Students

ECON S-1476 International Corporate Governance: Economic Theory in Practice (Session 1)

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

ECON S-1620 Organizations, Management Behavior, and Economics (Session 1) credit towards BBusMan Level 2 Group 3 elective
MGMT S-5027 Emerging Markets in the Global Economy (Session 1) credit for unspecified level 3 BBusMan or BCom Group 3 elective
CSCI S-71 Agile Software Development (Session 1) credit for Unspecified level 2 BCom Business Information Systems major
ENVR S-138 Sustainable Finance and Investments (Session 1) credit for Unspecified Level 3 BCom Finance major

MGMT S-5016 Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Session 2)

credit for TIMS3309 Fundamentals of Technology and Innovation Management
MGMT S-6040 International Marketing (Session 2) credit for unspecified BBusMan Level 3 Marketing major elective
ENVR S-162 Law for Sustainability (Session 1) credit for unspecified Level 5 Laws elective
LSTU S-129 Islamic Law, Finance, and Business Ethics (Session 1) credit for unspecified Level 5 Laws elective
MGMT S-4225 Negotiation and Organizational Conflict Resolution (Session 1) credit for MGTS3602 Managing Workplace Conflict
MGMT S-4310 Creative Thinking and Organizational Success (Session 2) credit for Unspecified BBusMan Level 3 Elective
MGMT S-5018 Corporate Governance (Session 2) credit for Unspecified Level 3 BBusMan Elective
MGMT S-5505 Family Business in Theory and Practice (Session 1) credit for Unspecified Level 2 BBusMan Elective
MGMT S-5650 International Business: Context and Strategies (Session 2) credit for IBUS2302 Globalisation & Business
ECON S-1816 Economics of Innovation (Session 2) credit for unspecified Level 3 Economics elective
MBA Students
MGMT S-4310 Creative and Organizational Success (Session 2) credit toward TIMS7811
MGMT S-5016 Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Session 2) credit toward TIMS7811
MGMT S-6000 Marketing Management (Session 1) credit toward MKTG7806
MGMT S-5000 Strategic Management (Session 1 or 2) credit toward MGTS7803
MGMT S-2020 Managerial Finance (Session 2) credit toward FINM7805
MGMT S-4150 Leadership (Session 1) credit toward MGTS7810
Postgraduate Students  
MGMT S-5000 Strategic Management (Session 1 or 2) Approved for MGTS7303 Principles of Strategic Management
MGMT S-4150 Leadership (Session 1) Approved for MGTS7619 Leadership: Theory & Practice
MGMT S-5650 International Business: Context and Strategies (Session 2) Approved for IBUS7302 Operating International Business
ECON S-1476 International Corporate Governance: Economic Theory in Practice (Session 1) Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-5015 Applied Corporate Responsibility (Session 1) Approved for #2 general elective
ECON S-1620 Organizations, Management Behavior, and Economics (Session 1) Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ECON S-1665 Economics of Sustainable Development (Session 2) Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ECON S-1816 Economics of Innovation (Session 2) Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
ISMT S-111 Advertising Analytics and Real-Time Technology (Session 1) 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 (Session 2) Approved for #2 units unspecified credit towards MBus or MCom Information Systems major; or elective within MEI
ISMT S-116 Operations Analytics and Optimization (Session 2) Approved for #2 units General elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-5010 Electronic Commerce Strategies (Session 1) 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 (Session 1) Approved for #2 units general elective within MBus, MCom, MEI programs
MGMT S-6040 International Marketing (Session 2) Approved for #2 unit general elective credit towards MBus Marketing major; or general elective towards MEI or MCom
MGMT S-2020 Managerial Finance (Session 2) 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 (Session 2) Approved for #2 unspecified credit towards MCom Applied Finance course
MGMT S-5016 Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Session 2) Approved for credit towards EIBS7301 Idea Management

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: Winter applications for this program have now closed.
Host: 20 May 2019

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.