Teaching Resources

Advising Programs Office

Advising Programs Office of Harvard College

Smith Campus Center, Fourth Floor

The Advising Programs Office (APO) cultivates quality academic advising for all Harvard College undergraduate students. The APO promotes the intellectual and personal transformation of students across the four years by encouraging exploration, reflection and informed decision-making about curricular and co-curricular choices and opportunities. The APO creates trainings, resources, and programs for a cohort of advisers which include faculty, administrative and residential staff, and upperclass students. The APO collaborates with colleagues in academic departments, partner departments in the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Dean of Students Office, and other constituents to ensure that students and advisers are well informed.

During the 2020-21 academic year, all academic advising will be conducted virtually.

The APO works with the following adviser roles:

Board of First-Year Advisers

First-Year Adviser is a faculty member, administrator, or Proctor at the University who helps first-year students select courses and advises on questions regarding the curriculum, academic requirements, educational goals, summer opportunities, and extra-curricular interests. 

Peer Advising Fellows Program

Peer Advising Fellows (PAFs) are upperclass students who are assigned to first-year students to facilitate their transition to College and their acclimation to Harvard. PAFs advise students on extra-curricular and social experiences and refer first-year students to other resources when appropriate. PAFs are expected to have thorough knowledge of campus resources so that they know where to send advisees for information in each concentration. Finally, the PAFs play a key role in helping to build community within the entryway and dormitory by working with the Proctors and each other on study breaks, other entryway activities, and dorm-wide events.

Sophomore Advising

Each sophomore is assigned a sophomore adviser, who serves as the primary academic adviser guiding students in choosing courses for the third semester, exploring and selecting a concentration, and reflecting on co-curricular opportunities including research, study abroad, public service, and internships. Sophomore advisers connect students to resources and guide students in how to pursue their interests. Concentrations will assume primary academic advising responsibility for sophomores in the fourth term, while House sophomore advisers will continue to offer on-going academic advising as students explore curricular and co-curricular endeavors outside of the concentration. Each House appoints a Sophomore Advising Coordinator to manage this work and plan House-based advising events for sophomores.

Concentration Advising

Concentration advising seeks to guide students in three phases: into an appropriate set of introductory courses in the field of study, to advanced work in the field of study and, when applicable, through a final project or thesis in the senior year. Each concentration plays an important role in pre-concentration advising through collaborative efforts with the Advising Programs Office and the Houses. Students are encouraged to begin exploring concentrations in the first-year especially during the Exploring Fields of Study program in the spring where students are invited to attend concentration events and meet with advising teams. In the third term, sophomore advisers encourage students to seek out information from the concentration advising teams before the declaration deadline in November.

Once sophomores select a concentration, their primary academic adviser will be assigned based on the policies of their concentration. Most use a team approach: the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) or Head Tutor, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) or Assistant Head Tutor, and Undergraduate Coordinator (UGC) will advise various students, splitting duties as needed depending on the student, situation, and time. Some concentrations make use of the House Tutors to advise students by House, coordinating with the Faculty Deans in the hiring process.

Each concentration has its own requirements. Several of the humanities and social science concentrations have a tutorial system (ranging from one to five semesters), and many students receive additional advising from their tutorial leaders.

Advising resources website and my.harvard.edu

Students can access records tracking their academic progress in the my.harvard Student Information System. In the “Advising Network” tab, students will find the photos, names, and contact information for all of their assigned advisers. They can also view their Academic Advising Report which outlines their progress towards completing the requirements for their degree and other important advising materials, such as score reports from placement exams. Students’ advisers can also access the my.harvard portal to see the photos, names, and contact information for all of their advisees. Advisers are strongly encouraged to update and consult the “Advising Journal” frequently to facilitate communication between the advising network team.


Graduate Student Advising

Advising is a crucial aspect of the graduate student experience, an activity that is central to the successful completion of a graduate student’s education. As an advisor, it is your responsibility to ensure that your advisee receives the guidance they need to successfully navigate their academic training, graduate in a timely manner, and enter the profession of their choosing. Advising graduate students is a privilege, and the relationship you develop with them will affect their time at Harvard and their ultimate career.

As an advisor, you may feel you don’t have all the answers: The Advising Project is available to help. The Advising Project is an in-depth initiative launched in fall 2019 by Emma Dench, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, focused on improving the advising experience of master’s and PhD students at GSAS. We are in the process of creating a suite of resources, developing various tools, and organizing workshops. We encourage you to reach out to The Advising Project for more information.

GSAS students are enrolled in 58 different graduate programs; each student’s experience is unique, meaning that each advising relationship is unique. While no single advising approach can be applied universally, several recommendations can be put into practice in all advising relationships.

Setting Expectations

During your first meeting with your advisee, discuss expectations:

  • How often will you meet?
  • How long will your meetings normally last?
  • What are your expectations for communication? Email? Office visit?
  • How long should a student wait for a reply to a communication before following up?
  • What your role as an advisor will cover and who else in the program or at Harvard can help with their academic training.

Be sure to revisit these expectations regularly as the student progresses through their academic stages. And remember that, no matter how positive a relationship you have with your advisee, they will recognize that a power differential exists. Do what you can to create an environment in which the student will be comfortable discussing difficult topics.

Communicate Available Resources

GSAS students have access to GSAS and other Harvard resources that will help them during their graduate careers. Examples include the Fellowships & Writing Center, Office of Career Services, Accessible Education Office, and Academic Resource Center. Familiarize yourself with these resources so that you can refer to them at various points in the student’s career. If your advisee has an overall concern, you can direct them to Danielle Farrell, director of student services.

Faculty should also be aware of issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, understanding that a student’s identities can impact their sense of belonging in the program and at Harvard. Reach out to GSAS’s Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs for more information and guidance.

Advising Network

Advisors should be the student’s primary point of contact, but effective advisors recognize that students benefit from multiple perspectives. Connect them with other faculty members or program staff who may inform their project and provide fresh perspectives.

Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

50 Church Street, Suite 308
Phone: 617-495-4869
Email: bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu


The Bok Center offers faculty, graduate students, and other instructors a wide variety of resources and programming to foster excellence in teaching and learning. We strive to promote a culture of experimentation, collaboration, and reflection about teaching, and to support instructors in creating equitable and inclusive learning environments.  The Center supports faculty in designing their courses and syllabi, in developing their classroom presence, and in exploring evidence-based strategies to promote learning. For the 2020-21 academic year, we have adapted our work to support instructors with teaching remotely; we offer workshops as well as individualized advice about adapting courses and adopting technologies for effective online teaching. The Bok Center’s Learning Lab collaborates with faculty to create and implement innovative assignments and course activities. Additionally, faculty speakers share ideas about teaching at a series of faculty lunches, and a peer observation program provides early-career faculty with a supportive community of colleagues with whom they can share experiences and materials as they develop as instructors.  

The Bok Center also offers PhD  students a robust slate of professional development programming. Early-stage PhD students look to the Bok Center as they prepare to teach, and may attend our Fall Teaching Conference or Winter Teaching Week for an introduction to the foundations of teaching, or take a Bok Seminar to explore topics in teaching, learning, and communication. We serve international students and scholars who want to improve their oral English communication skills to prepare for the language and culture of the Harvard classroom through our Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars. Advanced PhD students can demonstrate their commitment to developing as teachers in higher education by pursuing one of our Teaching Certificates or by applying to our Fellows programs, where we partner with departments to enhance training and support for graduate student teachers across the FAS.

Further information and resources on teaching are available on the Bok Center’s website.

Wheelchair accessible.


Academic Resource Center (Bureau of Study Counsel)

1414 Massachusetts Avenue, Floor 3R
(617) 495-5734

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) exists to empower Harvard students to reach their full academic potential. Through the ARC, students will have access to academic coaching, peer tutoring, workshops, study spaces, and other skills-based resources. They will be supported in developing reading strategies, organization and time management skills, sustainable study habits, metacognitive approaches to learning, and more.

All College and GSAS students are welcome and can access the full range of ARC services at any time. No referral is needed. Students can walk in, call, or send an email to get in touch with ARC staff.

The ARC offers four main services: Academic Coaching, Workshops, Peer Tutoring, and Study Spaces, in addition to ESL Peer Consultation.

Academic Coaching

One-on-one academic coaching consultations are available beginning Fall 2019. An academic coach can help students learn more about their ideal learning styles and environments, show them how to customize their semester, help students plan for when they are returning from leave or recovering from a concussion, and direct them to other appropriate resources on campus as needed. ARC coaches support students from all disciplines.


ARC academic coaches will also host various workshops throughout the semester. These workshops will be centered around building and strengthening the skills necessary to succeed academically. They will cover topics including time management, strategic reading and notetaking, semester planning, problem set strategies, and more.

Peer Tutoring

The ARC oversees the Peer Tutoring program, connecting Harvard students with a network of trained peers who can support their learning in a variety of selected courses. Peer Tutors can provide an extra layer of academic support for students by reviewing critical concepts and materials from class, clarifying points of confusion, and developing study strategies for upcoming exams.

Study Spaces

The ARC offers quiet, high-tech accessible study spaces which are available for students. Students can reserve a study space through the ARC website and can also find information about other available study spaces on campus there.

ESL Peer Consultation

ARC-trained peer consultants provide support for students who speak English as a second language, offering assistance in developing speaking and listening skills, understanding local idioms, learning more about the US and Harvard cultures, or practicing for oral presentations.  Primarily for graduate students; some financial assistance is available for GSAS students and those from other schools.

For more information about the ARC or any of our services, please contact us at academicresourcecenter@harvard.edu and visit our website at academicresourcecenter.harvard.edu



Departments of the Assistive Technology Center, Instructional Media Services, Language Resource Center, and Piano Technical Services

Joya Sengupta, Senior Director of Instructional Media Services (617-495-6973) joya_sengupta@harvard.edu
The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) provides assistance for students requiring accessible education and who need technological solutions. The department of Instructional Media Services consists of three divisions -- the Media Production Center, Hauser Studio, andMedia & Technology Services -- that provide multimedia resources for graduate and undergraduate course instruction within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). The Language Center supports language instruction with a variety of multimedia resources. Piano Technical Services cares for the 200+ FAS pianos.

Assistive Technology Center 
Science Center Room B-05
Staffed: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Open to registered students 24 hours daily
Email: atc@fas.harvard.edu 

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) serves students with disabilities requiring technical solutions to access course materials. The ATC also demonstrates assistive technologies for members of the Harvard community. Students must be registered with the Accessible Education Office (AEO) or their graduate school's local disability coordinator before receiving services. (See Students Requiring Accessible Education.) For more information, please see the AEO website.

Wheelchair accessible.

Instructional Media Services
Media and Technology Services 
Amy Thompson, Director of Media & Technology Services, athomps@fas.harvard.edu
Monday–Thursday 8 am-10 pm, Friday 8 am–5 pm (during the academic year)

Main Office:
Science Center Room B02
Email: mts@fas.harvard.edu
Provides classroom technology support for all FAS locations except Sever Hall, CGIS, Northwest Building, and the Science Center (see below for support in those locations). Books videoconferences and rents portable equipment. Supports special events in all FAS locations.

CGIS Office:
CGIS South Building Room S053
Email: mtscgis@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in CGIS.

Northwest Labs Office:
Northwest Labs Room B111
Email: nwmedia@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in the Northwest Building.

Science Center Prep Room:
Science Center Room B-01
Email: prep@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in the Science Center.

Sever Hall Office:
Sever Hall Room 301
Email: sevmedia@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in Sever Hall.

Media and Technology Services (MTS) provides multimedia support to classes and events occurring in FAS buildings. Supported technology includes: computer and video projection; classroom computers; sound reinforcement systems; audio & video recording/editing; and web simulcasting and videoconferencing. Services include assisting FAS, Extension, and Summer School classes with classroom media equipment; lecture recording; special event support; and assistive listening systems.

Please contact MTS to arrange for services. Services are available without charge for work performed in support of Faculty of Arts & Sciences courses and course-related activities that are restricted to members of one course. For non-course activities, charges are based on the amount of labor and equipment used to perform the task.

Information on permanently installed classroom equipment and photographs of classrooms can be found at https://ims.fas.harvard.edu/.

Wheelchair accessible.

Media Production Center 
Anthony Di Bartolo, Manager of Media Production Center and Hauser Studio, dibartol@fas.harvard.edu
Rosovsky Hall (rear), 59 Plympton St.
Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm
Email: ims_mpc@fas.harvard.edu

The Media Production Center (MPC) produces custom audio and video materials for teaching, outreach, and research. Our studio isequipped to record interviews, voiceovers, musical performances (Steinway grand piano on-site), on-line learning modules, and promotional video. We also provide video post-production services such as editing, titling, and color correction; location audio/musical event recording and reinforcement; audio editing, mixing, and mastering; format transfers, digitizing, and web file creation. We are happy to provide assistance and guidance to solve your audio and video media problems.

Services are available without charge for work performed in support of Faculty of Arts & Sciences courses and course-related activities that are restricted to members of one course. For non-course activities, charges are based on the amount of labor and equipment used to perform the task.

Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser Digital Teaching & Learning Studio
Widener Library, Room G90 (Concourse Level) 
Monday-Friday 9 am- 5 pm 
Email: hauserdigitalstudio@harvard.edu

The Hauser Studio, centrally located in Widener Library, is a state-of-the-art video capture studio that provides services for courses and related activities throughout the University. The studio is equipped to provide broadcast, HarvardX, and cinema style multi-camera production. It serves as a high-tech production facility and as a training ground for faculty throughout the University who want to experiment with new approaches to further integrate digital technology into their teaching.

Wheelchair accessible.

Language Center
Andrew Ross, PhD. Director, andrew_ross@fas.harvard.edu
Science Center B-06
Phone ahead or check the website for the most current operating hours: https://language.fas.harvard.edu/
The Language Center offers consulting support, technology, andlearning spaces to students and faculty in FAS world language courses and to other FAS courses using materials in languages other than English or focusing on international cultures. The Language Center provides streamed media for Canvas courses within educational fair-use guidelines, and access to textbook audio and software licensed forcourse use. The Language Center is comprised of three technology-equipped active learning classrooms for small groups, and amultipurpose area for informal language learning and events.

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available.

There are two screening rooms for small-group foreign-language instruction and one technology-equipped classroom for course section meetings.

Piano Technical Services 
Mariana Quinn, Manager, lincoln@fas.harvard.edu
Vanserg Hall, Piano Shop
Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm
Email: pts@fas.harvard.edu

Piano Technical Services (PTS) tunes, maintains, repairs, and restores all FAS pianos and graduate school in Cambridge and Allston. We also tune FAS harpsichords. All tuning requests should be made at least five working days in advance to guarantee scheduling. Emergency requests will be considered. Please email or phone to find out if your request can be accommodated. PTS does not move or purchase instruments, or reserve or schedule practice rooms. PTS does rent pianos, please call for more information.

Wheelchair accessible.


Harvard University Information Technology

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) provides the following services and support to FAS faculty and staff. For more information, please contact huit.harvard.edu/ithelp or 617-495-7777.

Emergency Notification System

The MessageMe system lets Harvard contact you quickly in the event of an emergency. To update your contact information, visit messageme.harvard.edu.

Computer Purchases

The FAS Desktop Refresh program provides faculty with a new computer every four years.  For more information about the program, visit http://huit.harvard.edu/ithelp and enter the search term “desktop refresh.”

Working Remotely

The following resources are available to foster Harvard's work in a remote environment:

Technology for Teaching

The Academic Technology Group offers help setting up course web pages, including the Canvas learning management system; consulting on innovative uses of technology for teaching and learning; using online and mobile technologies; and developing interactive software.  Contact atg@fas.harvard.edu, atg.fas.harvard.edu, or 617-495-7777.

Technology for Research

Research Computing in the FAS is provided through divisional resources in the Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. 

  • Arts and Humanities:  For assistance and consultation on tools and techniques for research computing, contact artshumrc@fas.harvard.edu.
  • Sciences:  FAS Research Computing provides researchers access to large-scale high-performance computing and support. Users have access to more than 100,000 CPUs and 40 petabytes of storage supporting over 500 labs and 5,500 users. For more information visit rc.fas.harvard.edu.
  • Social Sciences:  The Institute for Quantitative Social Science provides researchers access to cluster computing, software, and tools for storing data and running complex analyses. Contact www.iq.harvard.edu, help@iq.harvard.edu or 617-496-2450. 

Technology for Collaboration and Daily Use


  • Your HarvardKey and FAS account allow you to log in to your work computer, email, calendar, University websites, and departmental file shares: key.harvard.edu.

Email and Calendar:

  • To access your email and calendar, use Outlook on your computer or on the web at mso.harvard.edu (click on O365 Outlook Web App).
  • If you have been using consumer Gmail or Google Calendar for work, please use Google Apps for Harvard for improved support and privacy.  Visit g.harvard.edu.

 Individual File Sharing:

Collaborating with Colleagues:

  • MS Teams provides a collaborative workspace for departments and project groups to share communications, documents, and meetings. Visit teams.microsoft.com and login with your HarvardKey and password.
  • Google Drive is available for individual and team workspace productivity: visit g.harvard.edu.
  • Dropbox is available for faculty to share files with research collaborators on and off campus.  To request an account call 617-495-7777.
  • Harvard Link is a personalized dashboard to find Harvard events, news, colleagues, and more: visit link.harvard.edu.
  • Web publishing tools and support are available at hwp.harvard.edu or hwp@harvard.edu.





Harvard Library System

The Harvard Library 

A global leader, Harvard Library (library.harvard.edu) is an unparalleled resource for teaching, learning, and research. We are expert partners on the pathways to knowledge. We engage with our communities in the creation and sharing of new knowledge, connecting them with vast collections that we curate and steward with collaborators around the world. At its core, our mission is to advance the learning, research, and pursuit of truth that are at the heart of Harvard.

Harvard Library


A four-centuries old institution, Harvard Library—the administrative entity that connects collections and expert library staff across Harvard—emerged from a transformative change in 2012 that brought together a number of library operations and developed university-wide policies for collections and user services. Harvard Library is made up of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences libraries (including the Harvard College Library) and Harvard’s professional school libraries.


Extraordinary collections number over 20 million volumes, 400 million manuscripts, 10 million photographs, 1 million maps, and tens of millions of digital images. We collaborate in our collecting with peer institutions in ReCAP and IvyPlus, multiplying our users’ access to materials.


Today, Harvard’s library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding digital resources. We provide the University’s faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access  to the materials and resources they need.


Find Your Library


Harvard Library is a multi-library system with several locations across the University’s campus and beyond. For a complete directory of libraries and hours, including virtual hours, visit library.harvard.edu/libraries.


Special Collections and Archives


Harvard Library is home to all kinds of historical documents and objects that can enhance your research and teaching. You can connect with a range of primary sources including letters, photographs, books, scores, and digital materials.  The process for finding and accessing these rare and unique materials is different from other library materials. Use this guide to get started. 


Digital Collections


Harvard has over six million artifacts available in its digital collections. They're available to the public online, regardless of Harvard affiliation. Digitized items include images, pages from books, manuscripts, legal documents, sheet music, recipes, and much more. We have a number of curated digital collections for use.


Teaching Support


We work with faculty across the university to design classes tailored to course goals. Whether that's an online session about leveraging library resources for research in a particular topic area or using the library's special collections and archives in your teaching, we can make it happen

We also offer many resources for remote teaching, including digital course reserves, remote media help, syllabus substitutions, virtual library instruction—and more.

FAS departments have a designated library liaison who works with faculty and departments to provide access to both materials and services tailored to the work you do in your discipline.


Popular Library Services and Tools:


Ask a Librarian

Have a question about the library or about Harvard? Email, call, text, or chat with a librarian via the Ask a Librarian service.


Check Harvard Library Bookmark

Need access to an online article? Use this bookmarklet to get quick access to subscriptions purchased by Harvard Library.


Lean Library (browser extension)

The Lean Library extension provides quick and simple access to digital content purchased by Harvard Library.


Library catalog (HOLLIS)

HOLLIS is Harvard Library's catalog. Search HOLLIS for books, articles, media and more. If the item you're looking for is unavailable at Harvard, you may be able to borrow it directly from another library.


Scan & Deliver

It's a free electronic document delivery service for the Harvard community. Submit a request and we'll scan a journal article or book chapter and deliver it to you via email.







Office of Career Services

54 Dunster Street
Phone: 617-495-2595
Fax: 617-495-3584

The Office of Career Services (OCS) supports all students and alumni up to five years out of Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and degree candidates in the Harvard Extension School (HES) in exploring and making effective career and educational choices during their time at Harvard and beyond. OCS offers an extensive range of programs, resources, and advising to assist with decisions across a full range of potential interest areas including arts, entertainment, science and technology, education, government, law, media, business, and medicine. In addition, OCS assists students in exploring and planning for a wide range of domestic and international opportunities, including internships, research opportunities, summer jobs, term-time and summer international education, postgraduate employment, and graduate and professional study. The Office of Career Services administers a number of funds which support undergraduate experiences outside of the classroom.

The first floor of OCS is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments via the 52 Dunster Street entrance.

Wheelchair accessible

Office of International Education

77 Dunster Street
Phone: 617-496-2722
Fax: 617-496-2563
Email: oie@fas.harvard.edu

Study Abroad

Harvard views study abroad as an invaluable part of every student's undergraduate education through encouraging students to explore the possibilities of earning degree credit by studying in another country. Details about academic year, term-time, and summer study abroad may be found on the Office of International Education (OIE) website.

From a full year, term, or even just a summer abroad, there are many ways to experience international study. Over half of Harvard College students participate in an international experience during their time as an undergraduate. The Office of International Education advises Harvard College students on all aspects related to study abroad, from preparation prior to departure and on-the-ground resources, to funding support and academic advising. The OIE works closely with each student to find a program that best matches individual academic and personal goals, while also providing guidance through the course approval and credit transfer processes.

The OIE website has extensive advising resources, including information on approved programs and universities, course and credit guidelines, FAQ’s, a calendar of events, and contact information for the OIE staff, concentration and language advisers, and students advisers and ambassadors who have recently returned from a term abroad.

Planning is key to a successful study abroad experience, so it is never too early to begin integrating study abroad into individual academic plans, seeking advice from concentration, secondary field, and/or language advisers, and visiting the Office of International Education for guidance. All students should seek assistance from the OIE as early as possible to begin planning the best study abroad experience for them. To ensure that credits from courses taken abroad will transfer back to Harvard for concentration or secondary field credit, students should work directly with the specific academic departments. If a student is seeking elective credit for a course taken abroad, the course will be reviewed by an Elective Credit Committee.

Who can Study Abroad?

Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may participate in term-time study abroad through enrolling directly into a foreign university, participating in programs sponsored by U.S. universities, or through organizations dedicated specifically to providing high-quality study abroad programs. The OIE maintains a list of approved programs on the OIE website, which is reviewed and updated annually. If a student is interested in participating in a program that is not on the approved list, the student may petition the program through the formal petition process.

Getting Started

To begin planning, students should meet with an adviser at the OIE during drop-in hours held daily (Monday-Friday, 2 – 5 pm), or through connecting with a student adviser.  Students should consult the OIE calendar to find dates and times for recurring informational sessions as well as the wide variety of information meetings, panels, and events held throughout the year.

Procedures for Earning Degree Credit for Study Abroad

Credits earned abroad are considered transfer credit, for which up to a full-year of credit (32-credits) may be earned. No more than 16-credits may be earned per term for term-time study abroad, and no more than 8-credits may be earned for summer study abroad. A total of 32-credits transfer credits may be earned from studying abroad.

Transfer credit may be earned for concentration and/or elective credit and may also contribute to a secondary field or language citation. Additionally, students may satisfy one divisional distribution requirement for one term abroad. Specific information about these options is provided on the OIE website, the General Education website (see Term Time Study Abroad), and through the undergraduate advisers in the academic departments.

Students planning to study abroad in countries where English is not the first language are encouraged to complete at least one year of study in the host country’s language before studying abroad. Additionally, as part of their academic program during each term abroad, students in non-English-speaking countries are expected to take either a language instruction course or a course taught entirely in a language of the host country.

It is expected that students who study abroad for a semester or academic year will take a full-course-load, as determined and approved by the OIE, and consistent with the College's policies. Students studying abroad during the fall or the spring term will reduce by one the number of terms for which they may register at Harvard College.

Applying for Study Abroad

Online application instructions and materials are available on the Office of International Education website.

To study abroad, students must do both of the following things:

  • Apply directly to their study abroad program or university for admission
  • Apply to the Office of International Education for transfer credit 

Applications to the OIE, for study abroad transfer credit, must be completed and submitted by the deadlines listed below:

    Term Time

  • October 1 for Spring Term study abroad
  • March 1 for Fall Term study abroad


  • Mid-February (for students applying for both summer funding and credit
  • April 1 (for students seeking only credit) 

Students should begin the application process early, and monitor the OIE website carefully for updated or changed information. 

Online application instructions and materials are available on the OIE website. The student’s Resident Dean and departmental DUS must sign off on a student’s proposed study abroad coursework. This ensures that advising conversations take place before the student receives approval to study abroad. Students should meet with a study abroad adviser from the OIE for specific questions on this process.

To be approved for study abroad, a student must be in good academic and disciplinary standing during the term immediately preceding the proposed period of study. Unless granted permission by the Administrative Board in advance, a student cannot be granted degree credit for course work that begins when the student is on probation for any reason.

Financial Aid and Summer Funding

The only way to have a guaranteed Harvard-funded international experience is if a student is on financial aid and participates in term-time study abroad, as students eligible for financial aid may apply their financial aid award to their term-time study abroad experience. A student’s financial aid package may be used to pay for term-time study abroad, including tuition, room and board, program and visa fees, books, airfare, and other living expenses. Students eligible for financial aid should consult their designated financial aid officer for more detailed information.

All students earning credit abroad during the academic year will be charged the student services fee on their Harvard College term-bill. Students will also be billed automatically for health insurance, which may be waived with proof of comparable coverage by the designated deadline.

Students abroad will maintain their HarvardKey, thus retaining access to Harvard libraries and services.

Students may consult the Office of Career Services, and the Funding Sources Database for more information about summer funding opportunities.

Harvard does not ordinarily grant credit for study out of residence at other U.S. institutions, except in rare cases when such study is judged to offer a “special opportunity” unavailable to the student at Harvard. Information on the process for petitioning for credit for study out of residence within the U.S. can be obtained from the student’s Resident Dean of Freshmen or Resident Dean; if the student’s petition is approved by the Administrative Board, the OIE will be notified by the appropriate Dean and will instruct the student on how to apply for transfer credit.


Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF)

77 Dunster Street (corner of Dunster and South Streets)
Phone: 617-495-5095
Email: undergradresearch@fas.harvard.edu
Website: http://uraf.harvard.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) serves as the hub for institution-wide policies, practices and funding related to undergraduate research; the development and implementation of College-based programs such as the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village and the Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE); and the management of postgraduate fellowships and prestigious national competitions (such as Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright). In addition, in conjunction with Admissions and Financial Aid, OCS, OIE, the FAS Office of Science Education, and other collaborative academic and affiliated research enterprises, URAF provides advising, resource materials, and seminars about the full range of research opportunities, research funding, and fellowships locally (university-wide), domestically, and internationally.



Writing Center

Barker Center 019
Phone: 617-495-1655
Email: writingcenter@fas.harvard.edu

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one writing help to all undergraduate students. Instructors may recommend the Writing Center to students who need help with argument, structure, and clarity in academic writing. An English Grammar and Language tutor is also available to assist students with grammar and syntax. The Writing Center website also features handouts about academic writing and a link to the Harvard Guide to Using Sources, an online publication that explains how to use sources effectively and how to avoid plagiarism.

Wheelchair accessible.