Teaching Resources

Advising Programs Office

Advising Programs Office of Harvard College

Smith Campus Center, Fourth Floor
617-496-0218 
apo.college.harvard.edu

As part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Curricular Review, the Report of the Standing Committee on Advising and Counseling (issued in May 2005) recommended the establishment of an Advising Programs Office (APO). That office began to take shape in February 2006. The APO is charged with coordinating, managing, and monitoring academic advising programs for all undergraduates. It works with students, department chairs and other faculty, Allston Burr Assistant Deans, the Freshman Dean's Office, and other Harvard College and FAS offices in support of all areas of pre-concentration and concentration advising.

Board of Freshman Advisers

Freshman Advisers are faculty members, administrators, graduate students, or Proctors (resident advisers) who assist first-year students in selecting courses and advise them on questions concerning Harvard’s curriculum and degree requirements, on short and long-term academic planning, on summer opportunities, and on how to balance their extra-curricular and academic interests. Approximately 350 non-resident advisers work with an average of 3-4 first-year students. All Proctors also serve as academic advisers to a sub-group of students in their entryways.

Peer Advising Fellows Program

Every incoming freshman is assigned a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), based on academic and/or extra-curricular interests. PAFs bring a student’s perspective to their PAFees’ first-year advising networks. The role of the PAF is multi-faceted, touching on academic, social, and extra-curricular life at Harvard. For example, PAFs help answer first year students’ questions about life at Harvard and the transition to college, encourage them to engage in academic exploration, and refer them to other advising resources as appropriate (e.g., when seeking information about the different concentrations). PAFs play a key role in building entryway and dorm community by collaborating with the Proctors and with each other on study breaks, other entryway activities, and dorm-wide events.

Sophomore Advising

In May 2006, the faculty voted to change the deadline for students to declare their concentration from the end of the second term to the end of the third term. To address the advising needs that were occasioned by this shift, the Advising and Counseling Committee, in collaboration with the House Faculty Deans, the Dean of the College, and the Advising Programs Office and its Student Advisory Board, designed a Sophomore Advising Program to support sophomores in their transition to House life and the concentrations. The goal of sophomore advising is to assist sophomores in engaging in more focused academic exploration. Sophomore advising at Harvard is a collaborative effort on the part of students, Houses, and concentrations. All sophomores are assigned an individual House Tutor, who serves as their primary academic adviser in the third term and who assists them in deciding on, and preparing to declare, their concentration. Faculty members in the concentrations are eager to reach out to sophomores; Sophomore Advisers help to facilitate such connections. Concentrations assume primary responsibility for advising sophomores in the fourth term, though House-based Sophomore Advisers continue to offer supplemental advising support. Every House appoints a Sophomore Advising Coordinator (SAC) to manage its own sophomore advising program, and to plan House-based advising events for sophomores.

Concentration Advising

Concentration advising guides students in three phases of their academic careers: into an appropriate set of introductory courses, into more advanced course work and, when applicable, through a final project or thesis in the senior year. Concentrations also provide pre-concentration advising in collaboration with the Freshman Dean’s Office, the Houses, and the Advising Programs Office. Concentrations reach out to first-year students on an ad hoc basis throughout the year and, systematically, through Advising Corner lunches in Annenberg and during Advising Fortnight – a two-week series of concentration advising programs designed specifically for freshmen – in the spring. In the third term, Sophomore Advisers assist students in learning more about the concentrations that interest them, and in connecting with expert advisers in the departments in the lead-in to the November declaration deadline.

Once sophomores choose their concentration, their primary academic advising is provided by their department/program in accordance with its specific advising policies and structure. In many departments, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) or Head Tutor, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) or Assistant Head Tutor, and Undergraduate Coordinator do the lion’s share of advising. Some concentrations coordinate with the House Faculty Deans to appoint specific House Tutors as Concentration Advisers for students in the residences; some assign non-residential Concentration Advisers to students in particular Houses or groups of Houses. In addition, in a number of Arts & Humanities and Social Science concentrations that have a tutorial system (ranging from one to five semesters), students are advised by their tutorial leaders.

Advising resources website and my.harvard.edu

The Advising Programs Office (APO) maintains two major resources websites – one student-facing, one adviser-facing (for links to these sites, go to apo.college.harvard.edu) – with important advising information for students in all class years, as well as for advisers. Another key online resource for students and advisers is my.harvard.edu. My.harvard gives advisers access to information about their advisees via a Teaching/Advising portal, which includes their advisees’ general information, academic history, test scores, critical documents and more. Advisers also use my.harvard to enter journaling notes about the advising conversations they have with their advisees, to read the notes of previous advisers, and to view other information pertaining to their advisees’ academic plans and progress. When students log in, they are able to view the photos, names, and contact information of all of their official advisers, as well as a number of their institutional records.

 

Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

50 Church Street, Suite 308
Phone: 617-495-4869
Fax: 617-495-3739
bokcenter.harvard.edu
 

The Bok Center offers faculty, graduate student Teaching Fellows (TFs), and other instructors of Harvard undergraduates a wide variety of resources and trainings to enhance teaching.  The Center supports faculty in designing their courses and syllabi, and provides feedback about evidence-based strategies to promote learning.  The Bok Center’s Learning Lab partners with faculty to create and deploy innovative assignments and course activities.  The Bok Center also provides video consultations and works with instructors on classroom dynamics.  Faculty speakers share ideas about their teaching through Faculty Lunches on Learning, while Exploratory Seminars convene faculty to deliberate topics of interest in higher education.  The Center trains teaching fellows and also offers seminars for graduate students on topics that include teaching in the American classroom for international TFs, multi-modal communication, discussion leading, and active learning, among others. Further information and resources on teaching are available othe Bok Center’s website.

Wheelchair accessible.

Bureau of Study Counsel

5 Linden Street
Phone: (617-495-2581)
Fax: (617-495-7680)
bsc.harvard.edu

The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) supports students in their learning and development as they engage in the educational opportunities at Harvard. The BSC’s mission is based on a “whole person” educational/ developmental model which recognizes that, in the lives of students, the intellectual social, and personal are inseparable: we bring all of who we are to our learning endeavors, and learning itself transforms us. Students from a wide range of backgrounds benefit from the opportunities for skill-building and reflection that the BSC provides.

BSC services are available to Harvard College undergraduates and to graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Kennedy School. BSC services are private, in keeping with FERPA and Harvard University policies. Services include:

Academic counseling

Conversation with a BSC academic counselor is an opportunity for students to connect with their sense of authentic motivation and purpose; to explore how they can approach their studies effectively and meaningfully; to reconsider their assumptions about learning and life direction; and to discern choices that feel true to their values and goals. Academic counseling helps students to attend to practical skill building (e.g., reading, note making, exam taking, prioritizing, writing, speaking up in class, remembering) and to reflect on how they are making sense of their intellectual, social, and personal experiences. BSC academic counselors can also help students navigate and connect with other campus resources as needed.

Workshops and discussions 

Workshops and discussions provide opportunities for support, skill-building, and problem-solving in areas related to academic life and learning (e.g., time management, procrastination, perfectionism, cultural adjustment, participating in classroom discussion, senior thesis writing, dissertation writing, making the most of reading period, and preparing for exams). BSC academic counselors are available to develop and facilitate custom workshops for departments, courses, or student groups.

Peer tutoring

 

One-on-one or small-group peer tutoring is available through the BSC in almost any subject or course. Most peer tutors are undergraduates who have received an A- or better in the course for which they tutor. Peer tutors are trained and supervised by the BSC. Financial aid is available for eligible Harvard College students.The BSC welcomes collaborations with faculty regarding the peer tutoring for their courses. (Note: Harvard College undergraduates may not accept compensation for peer tutoring in Harvard courses without the permission of the Dean of the College; see the Handbook for Students.)

 

ESL peer consultation

Peer consultation is available for students who speak English as a second language. ESL peer consultation provides assistance for developing speaking and listening skills, understanding local idioms, learning more about U.S. and Harvard cultures, or practicing for oral presentations. ESL peer consultants, trained and supervised by the BSC, are undergraduates who have strong interest in working with students from other cultures and who speak at least one language other than English. Most consultees are graduate students. Financial assistance is available for eligible GSAS students and through programs in some other graduate schools.

The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies

The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies is a non-credit mini-course designed to help students develop skills to read more mindfully, efficiently, and effectively. FAS faculty, teaching fellows, and residence staff may enroll in the course at no charge. The fee for Harvard College and GSAS degree candidates is $25; all others $150 (subject to change). Visit the BSC website for the course schedule and registration information.

Cranium Corner

 

Located in the BSC reception area and online, the Cranium Corner is a library of handouts on topics related to study strategies and student life. The online Cranium Corner also includes links to other resources.

 

Consultation and Reflective Practice

BSC academic counselors provide individual and group consultation to the Harvard community - students, faculty, deans, resident tutors and proctors, teaching fellows, coaches, parents, administrators, and members of student organizations - about any issue related to students’ learning and development. Reflective practice opportunities provide occasions to reflect upon the assumptions, beliefs, values, and mindsets that inform and influence the choices we make in our work.

The first floor of 5 Linden Street is wheelchair accessible.

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

Robert G. Doyle, Associate Dean (617-495-0757/0811)

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 two divisions -- the Media Production Center and Media & Technology Services -- that provide multimedia resources for graduate and undergraduate course instruction within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). The Language Resource Center supports language instruction with a variety of multimedia resources. Piano Technical Services cares for the FAS pianos.

Assistive Technology Center 
Curtis Wilcox, Manager, ccwilcox@fas.harvard.edu
Science Center Room B-06j
Staffed: Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm;
Open to registered students 24 hours daily
Email: atc@fas.harvard.edu 
617-496-8800
https://atc.fas.harvard.edu

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) serves students with disabilities requiring technical solutions to access course materials. The ATC also demonstrates adaptive technologies for members of the Harvard community. Students must be registered with the Accessible Education Office (AEO) before receiving services. (See Students Requiring Accessible Education.) For more information, see the AEO website.

Wheelchair accessible.

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

Main Office:
Science Center Room B02
617-495-9460
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
617-495-9807
Email: mtscgis@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in CGIS.

Northwest Labs Office:
Northwest Labs Room B111
(617-495-5775)
Email: nwmedia@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in the Northwest Building.

Science Center Prep Room:
Science Center Room B-01
617-495-5357
Email: prep@fas.harvard.edu
Supports classes and events in the Science Center.

Sever Hall Office:
Sever Hall Room 301
617-495-9470
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, film, and video projection; classroom computers; sound reinforcement systems; audio & video recording/editing; web simulcasting and videoconferencing. Services include assisting FAS, Extension, and Summer School classes with classroom media equipment; lecture recording; special event support; film, DVD and videotape rentals; 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.
617-495-9440
Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm
Email:
ims_mpc@fas.harvard.edu
https://ims.fas.harvard.edu/media-production

The Media Production Center (MPC) produces custom audio and video materials for teaching, outreach, and research. Our studio is equipped 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 help 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) 
617-495-3979 
Monday-Friday 9 am- 5 pm 
Email: hauserdigitalstudio@harvard.edu
https://hauserdigitalstudio.harvard.edu/

The Hauser Studio, centrally located in Widener Library, is a state-of-the-art video capture studio. 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 Resource Center
Thomas Hammond, Director, thammond@fas.harvard.edu 
Lamont Library, 4th floor 
617-495-9448 
Phone ahead or check the website for the most current operating hours, https://lrc.fas.harvard.edu
Email: ims_lrc@fas.harvard.edu
https://lrc.fas.harvard.edu

The Language Resource Center (LRC) offers multimedia resources to FAS foreign language courses and to other FAS courses using foreign-language media. Our high-bandwidth media server provides full-screen materials in 57 languages. Our satellite feed provides international news and variety television programs. We also offer CD-quality digital audio of textbook practice materials (enrolled students only). The LRC offers discounted RosettaStone® licenses for current Harvard students, faculty, and staff.

There are two screening rooms for small-group foreign-language instruction.

Wheelchair accessible.
 

Piano Technical Services 
Mariana Quinn, Manager, lincoln@fas.harvard.edu
Vanserg Hall, Piano Shop
617-495-2981
Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm
Email: pts@fas.harvard.edu
https://pts.fas.harvard.edu

Piano Technical Services (PTS) tunes, maintains, and restores all FAS pianos. We also tune FAS harpsichords and forte pianos. 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 Library System

The Harvard Library 

The Harvard Library (library.harvard.edu) serves as a hub for research support by providing access to digital learning resources, special collections, and archives across the University. Library collections, services, and tools are made accessible and available to researchers at Harvard online and in-person; many digital collections are openly available to all. The Library also provides expert guidance on how to use and navigate these services, as well as a variety of spaces that encourage both independent and collaborative learning. Harvard Library also partners with faculty across the university to design classes tailored to course goals. More information on these initiatives can be found at Get Teaching Support For Your Courses. Librarians offer a variety of services to users: research assistance online and in person, individual consultations by appointment, support in the use of research management tools, media authoring and data, as well as collaborating with faculty and teaching fellows to design course-integrated research instruction. This work is done in the spirit of the Library’s mission to advance scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge.

Library Website

 

A major starting point for research is the Harvard Library website, library.harvard.edu,  an online gateway to the library resources of Harvard University. The site serves as an important research tool for Harvard’s current students, faculty, staff, and researchers. It provides access to electronic resources and journals licensed by the libraries, as well as links to all of the library’s holdings.

 

Find A 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 they’re open, visit library.harvard.edu/libraries

Special Collections and Archives

 

Harvard Library also includes many unique materials across its special collections and archives that enable new discoveries by faculty and students. These primary source materials can range from documents to images to artifacts and more -- like handwritten poetry by some of the best known authors of our time, campaign materials from decades past, and images that capture people and places as they once were. Learn how to find and use our Special Collections and Archives on the library website.

 

Explore Digital Collections

 

Harvard has created a growing number of curated, online collections, including photographs, documents, musical scores, prints, drawings, historical maps, books, legal transcripts, diaries, manuscripts, and more.

 

Harvard College Library Research, Teaching, and Curricular Services

 

Librarians within each of the libraries can help instructors assist their students in the effective use of Harvard’s extraordinary library resources. Each FAS department has a designated library liaison, dedicated to assisting faculty, staff, and students. Library Liaisons work with courses, provide one-on-one research consultation, assist with content for course websites, and provide general reference and referral services to the department.

 

Library Services

Some helpful online resources include:

Library Catalog (HOLLIS)

 

HOLLIS is the library catalog for Harvard University. It contains records for digital resources, books, journals, manuscripts, government documents, maps, microforms, scores, recordings, visual materials, data files, and more.

Get Research Help

Browse research guides and FAQs that will help you find what you need. 

Borrow Direct

Borrow books directly from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. HarvardKey required.

Interlibrary Loan

 

Request circulating materials from libraries outside of the Borrow Direct family. HarvardKey required.

Scan & Deliver

 

Electronic document delivery service for Harvard students, faculty, and staff. HarvardKey required.

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.

Lean Library Browser Extension

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

Zotero

Zotero is a research management software program that enables you to save and organize your references, then output them as in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies through a word-processing software plugin.

 

 

 

 

Harvard University Information Technology

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

Emergency Notification: messageme.harvard.edu
MessageMe lets Harvard contact you quickly in an emergency. Register to receive voice, text, or email alerts. 

Email and Calendaring
Choose either:

Wireless Access
Connect to one of the wireless networks listed below and open a web browser. If you see a blank page, go to getonline.harvard.edu to register your device onto the network. 

Wireless Network Name (SSID)

Description

Harvard Secure

Standard, encrypted wireless service

Harvard University

Unencrypted wireless service

EDUROAM

Encrypted wireless service for participating research and educational institutions

 

TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHING

Academic Technology Group (ATG): atg@fas.harvard.edu, atg.fas.harvard.edu, or 617-495-7777
Support for the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Help setting up course web pages
  • Consulting on innovative uses of technology for teaching and learning, including online tools and mobile technologies
  • Connecting faculty and staff to the right people to answer questions and provide support for a variety of technology-related teaching topics

Course Catalog content inquiries: courses@fas.harvard.edu
Assistance with course content as shown in the Course Catalog, including descriptions, meeting times, instructors, etc.

Media and Technology Services: ims.fas.harvard.edu/classroom-support
Multimedia support for classrooms and course meetings
 
Harvard's student information system helps faculty manage course rosters, grading, and academic advising

 

RESEARCH COMPUTING SUPPORT

Arts and Humanities: artshumrc@fas.harvard.edu
Assistance and consultation on tools and techniques for research computing in the Arts and Humanities

Sciences: rc.fas.harvard.edu
Support for high performance technical computing and sciences research computing

Social Sciences: www.iq.harvard.edu
Research support and access to cluster computing, software, and tools for storing data and running complex analyses

Research Computing Council: rc.harvard.edu

University-wide initiative to enhance the ability of Harvard faculty, researchers, and staff to access our world-class, high performance technical computing resources

 

ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Computers and Software
Collaboration Tools
  • SharePoint for Harvard: mso.harvard.edu (Under Office 365 Login, select Office 365 for Harvard, and then SharePoint)
  • Google Apps for Harvard: g.harvard.edu 
  • Video conferencing: (Instructional Media Services): 617-495-9460
Information Security
Instructional Media Services:  ims.fas.harvard.edu 
  • Multimedia production services, including an audio and video recording studio
Web Resources

Office of Career Services

54 Dunster Street
Phone: 617-495-2595
Fax: 617-495-3584
www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu

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
www.oie.fas.harvard.edu

Study Abroad

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

The Office of International Education  advises Harvard College students on all aspects related to study abroad. The OIE works closely with each student to find a program that best matches his or her academic and personal goals, while also guiding them through the course approval and credit transfer process.

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.

It’s never too early to begin planning for study abroad, so students are encouraged as early as their first year to begin thinking about how to incorporate study abroad as part of their Harvard experience. All students should seek assistance from the OIE as early as possible to begin planning the best study abroad experience for them. Students should also consult with their concentration Head Tutor or Director of Undergraduate Studies in addition to their Resident Dean for academic-related questions. To ensure that credits from courses taken abroad will transfer back to Harvard for concentration or secondary field credit, students should work directly with their 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 in a foreign university, in programs sponsored by U.S. universities, or in field-based programs with leading world researchers. 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

Drop-in hours are held daily (Monday-Friday, 2 – 5 pm), and introductory Study Abroad 101 information sessions are available on a regular basis to get students started in planning their study abroad experience. Students should consult the OIE calendar to find dates and times for these recurring informational sessions as well as the wide variety of information meetings and panels held throughout the year.

Procedures for Earning Degree Credit for Study Abroad

Credit earned abroad are considered transfer credit, for which up to a full year of credit 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 earn one General Education reduction per term studied abroad (Academic year 2018-2019 is the last year to take advantage of the Gen Ed reduction) 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 for students studying in residence. 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

The application process is a two-step process. Students must apply directly to their study abroad program or foreign university, and also apply for transfer credit to the OIE. Applications for study abroad transfer credit must be completed and submitted by the deadlines listed below. Online application instructions and materials are available on the OIE website. The deadlines for submitting transfer-credit applications are as follows:

  • For Fall Term study: March 1
  • For Spring Term study: October 1
  • For Summer study: Summer Funding, early February;  
    • General, April 1

Students should monitor carefully the OIE website for updated or changed information. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early.

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

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 must submit a Financial Aid Supplement to the Griffin Financial Aid Office, and consult their designated financial aid officer for more detailed information.                       

All students earning credit abroad during the academic year will be assessed the student services fee; students will also automatically be billed for health insurance, which may be waived by the deadline with proof of comparable coverage.

Students abroad will maintain their Harvard University Identification Number (HUID) and Personal Identification Number (PIN), and will retain 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, 2nd floor
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 and practices related to undergraduate research; the development and implementation of College-based programs such as 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 Office of Life Sciences Education, the FDO, and other collaborative academic and affiliated research enterprises, URAF provides advising, resource materials, and seminars about the full range of research opportunities and fellowships locally (university-wide), domestically, and internationally.

Writing Center

Barker Center 019
Phone: 617-495-1655
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. 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.