The Harvard 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
  • Law
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university websiteUQ 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 4 UQ Units upon successful completion of 8 Credits (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 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. 

    Visa Information

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

    Please review the host university webpage for visa and immigration information.

    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.  

    Apply to UQ   Apply to host

    *Please note that Harvard Summer School registration begins on 4 March 2024. 


    The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. Program tuition is approximately $5,625 AUD per 4 Harvard credit course. More information regarding program fees can be found on the host university website.


    Accommodation can be arranged as part of the program for an additional cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see 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. 

    OS-HELP Loan

    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.


    Student Testimonials

    Owen - Harvard Summer School

    Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Winter 2023

    The experience pushed me academically, especially the fast-paced environment that I was subject to (completing a subject in three weeks).



    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
    Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
    Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate (BEL) and MBA

    OS-HELP Loan

    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

    OS-HELP Loan application deadlines close before the Summer and Winter Short-Term Study application deadlines. Please visit the OS-HELP Loan website for deadline dates as late applications will not be accepted.

    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.