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

With over 400 courses to choose from, in a variety of flexible formats to fit your schedule, we know that you’ll find the right course for you at Harvard Summer School.

Fields of study

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film
  • Gender Studies
  • History and Ancient History
  • Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Leadership and Management
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Studies of Religion
  • Visual Arts

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university websiteUQ students attending virtually can only undertake courses offered in Online mode.

Postgraduate students should be aware that if you are wanting to take the course for credit, you will need to ensure you have registered for the appropriate 'credit status' with Harvard Summer School. 

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

    Credit equivalent

    4 Credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ units after successful completion of experience (pending UQ faculty approval). 

    Students are eligible to receive credit for a maximum of one session. Please note that students who enrol in intensive courses worth 8 credits will only be eligible for a maximum of 2 UQ units. 

    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 provide a copy of the most recent syllabus (from Summer School 2022) or contact Harvard Summer School directly. Your Global Experiences application will not be assessed without a full course syllabus. 

    Eligibility and application

    All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience 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. 

    If you are intending to undertake your experience for-credit, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to IGET at least 4 weeks before applying to the host to allow sufficient time for Faculty to complete the credit assessment. Please note however that it is your responsibility to meet the host application deadline.  

    Apply to UQ   Apply to host

    *Please note that Harvard Summer School registration begins on 01 March 2023. 

    Program Dates: 

    Harvard Summer school offer courses in three sessions. UQ students are able to complete courses within the following sessions only: 

    3-week Session 1
    • Start Date: 20 June 2023
    • End Date: 6 July 2023
    • Credit: For-credit  or not-for-credit
    3-week Session 2*
    • Start Date: 10 July 2023
    • End Date: 27 July 2023
    • Credit: For-credit only

    7-week Session*

    • Start Date: 20 June 2023
    • End Date: 4 August 2023
    • Credit: For-credit only

    * dates impact on UQ semester 2


    The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. Program tuition is approximately $5,100 AUD per 4 Harvard credit course. 

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


    Internships and Global Experiences Grants

    When you submit your application for an experience, you are automatically considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding  page for details. 

    BEL Faculty Credit Assessment

    Credit must be confirmed with BEL Faculty to check suitability for your program requirements. You should consult with the 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 Summer SchoolBEL Faculty Assessment
    MGMT S-4310 Creativity and Innovation (7-week session)TIMS7811 Innovation Leadership (MBA)
    MGMT S-6040 International Marketing (3-week session 2)MKTG7806 Marketing Management (MBA)

    Key Dates

    Application Deadlines

    UQ: 21 April 2023
    Host: 1 May 2023

    Program Dates

    See the 'Dates' tab for more information on program dates. 

    Fast Facts

    Type: Study
    Mode: Study abroad
    Location: Boston, USA (Virtual)
    Credit: For-credit
    Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate (BEL) and MBA

    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.