Harvard Summer School
|Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Division of Continuing Education|
Harvard Summer School (founded 1871) is a summer school located at Harvard University. It serves more than 5,000 students per year.
Harvard Summer School was founded in 1871. It is the first academic summer session established and the oldest summer school present in the United States. The Summer School is part of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is one of the principal programs within the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.
Each summer more than 5000 students arrive from across the U.S. and more than 100 foreign countries. Approximately 20 percent of students who study at the summer school are Harvard undergraduate or graduate students studying to fulfill degree requirements. Also students from other major American and foreign universities enroll in the summer program to study for seven weeks with Harvard faculty and visiting faculty members and scholars from other institutions.
The Summer School offers approximately 300 daytime and evening classes in more than forty disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, writing, economics, computer science, and more than a dozen foreign languages. The summer school also consists of the Pre-College Program, Ukrainian Summer Institute, and an extensive study abroad program. Study abroad programs feature hands-on experiences, ranging from language studies in Georgia to archaeological digs in Tønnesminde, Denmark.
The Summer School does not offer any degrees but grants college and graduate credits. All liberal-arts courses at the summer school are vetted by departments to ensure they meet the standards for Harvard College credit.