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

Study at Harvard Summer School to experience Harvard faculty and industry experts dedicated to helping you expand your skills and sparking intellectual curiosity, a rigorous & inclusive learning environment filled with rich interactions, an intensive curriculum designed to be completed in a shorter summer session than a fall or spring semester, an international network of peers like you—driven, curious, and committed to growthand access to Harvard’s renowned libraries, museums, and computer labs.

Fields of study

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Leadership and Management
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university website. UQ students attending in-person can only undertake courses offered in On Campus mode in order to meet visa requirements. 

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 2023) 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 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.  

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*Please note that Harvard Summer School registration begins on 04 March 2024. 


The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. Program tuition is approximately $5,600 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. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 14 April 2024
Host: 20 June 2024

Program Dates
3-week Session 1
  • Start Date: 24 June 2024
  • End Date: 11 July 2024
3-week Session 2*
  • Start Date: 15 July 2024
  • End Date: 1 August 2024

* dates impact on UQ semester 2

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Boston, USA (Virtual)
Credit: For-credit or not-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.