As a candidate for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Harvard Extension School, you have the option of pursuing a variety of academic experiences beyond the classroom.

Options across Harvard University

Harvard Innovation Lab 

The Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) serves students from across Harvard who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The programming can help you grow a venture at any stage of development. Check out i-lab’s President and Dean's Challenges.
Deadlines are in late fall.

Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program

Harvard President Drew Faust, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, has established the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program to provide funding to students interested in pursuing public service work during the summer. Deadlines are in early February.

Harvard China Fund summer immersion programs 

The China Fund supports students across the University in performing public service in China. Deadlines are in late February.

Office for the Arts at Harvard

The Office of the Arts enables students to explore an art form in depth and to work directly with professional artists in a wide range of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships. The OFA also sponsors Arts First, a weekend of artistic celebration each May.

Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)

PBHA is a student-run public service organization at Harvard University consists of nearly 80 program committees and more than 1,800 student volunteers, and serves close to 10,000 clients in the Cambridge and Boston area.

To volunteer with association programs, attend the Phillips Brooks House Association open house that is ordinarily held during the first of week of classes each fall and spring term.

Office of Career Services 

The Office of Career Services at Harvard University offers a variety of career services to degree candidates, including participation in the on-campus interview program and industry-specific job fairs. For a listing of all the services, visit Career Services.

Institute of Politics forum and study groups

This Kennedy School of Government institute hosts the JFK Jr. Forum, the premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. The forum regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor, and the media.

In addition, institute offers semester-long, noncredit weekly seminars. These study groups are hosted by the institute’s fellows, who are leading public servants, political practitioners, journalists, academics, and more. Be sure to sign up for e-mails so you won’t miss an important event at the forum or details about fall and spring study groups.

Special Student status

Special Student status enables you to enroll in one or two courses a term for an academic year in the Harvard College. 

At the time of the application, you must be 18 years old, have 64 credits total with 32 credits at Harvard, and a GPA of 3.33 or higher. The petition deadlines are September 1 for spring 2015 Harvard College courses and February 1 for fall and spring 2015-16 courses. See the Special Student petition.

Options unique to the Extension School

Harvard Summer School Tuition Discount

Admitted degree candidates pay the 2014–15 Harvard Extension School tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate credit in 2015 Harvard Summer School courses. This includes three- and seven-week courses as well as on campus and online courses and represents a significant cost savings. Study abroad and noncredit courses are not eligible for the tuition discount. Undergraduate 4-credit tuition is $1,250, except for courses in computer science (CSCI) and digital media (DGMD) where the undergraduate tuition is $2,200 (same as in Harvard Extension). Undergraduate 8-credit tuition is $2,500. Graduate 4-credit tuition is $2,200 and graduate 8-credit tuition is $4,400. If the posted Summer School tuition is below these rates, students are charged the lower rate.

To qualify, students need to be admitted to the undergraduate (ALB) or master’s (ALM) degree program by February 15, 2015, or need to have submitted a complete online application by April 30, 2015.  Applicants should not attempt to register for Harvard Summer School courses before submitting an online application; if they do, they will be charged the full tuition rate.

Research assistantships

If you are an undergraduate degree candidate with a 3.0 GPA or higher, you may become a paid research assistant ($12 per hour) to a faculty member through the Career and Academic Resource Center’s Faculty Aide Program.


You can complete a four-credit prelaw internship with Cornell University in New York City during the summer. Admission is on a rolling basis starting December 1, and the cost is about $4,900.

You can also work as a teacher’s aide in an elementary or middle school classroom at St. Peter School in Cambridge. You earn $12 hour for a maximum of 100 hours per semester (fall and spring). The application deadline is September 1.

We also offer a noncredit, unpaid research assistantships at the Naval War College each fall, where you can work as a researcher for a faculty member. The application deadline is September 1.

You can also complete a 4-credit course and 4-credit Washington Center internship in the fall, spring or summer term. Application deadlines are April 15, September 15, and December 1, respectively.

Lynn Rublee is our internship advisor. Meet with her, well in advance of all deadlines, if you are considering any of these options.

Study abroad

Harvard Summer School offers study abroad opportunities for 8 credits. Harvard Summer School study abroad courses count toward the on-campus requirement.

In addition, we recommend that you consider other summer study abroad programs such as the ones at the London School of Economics, which can count toward your field of study economics or business fields, and the one-week Oxford University Summer School for Adults courses, which count toward most fields of study (2 credits each).

Reading and research course

Pursue your own research project under the supervision of a lecturer in extension or a teaching member of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences or one of Harvard’s graduate schools. The option counts as 4 credits.

At the time of application, you must have completed 64 credits toward the degree, with 32 credits at the Extension School and 12 credits in the research area, and have a GPA of 3.33 or higher. Download a reading and research proposal form.

Graduate school tuition voucher

Take one free course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Harvard Divinity SchoolAt the time of the application, you must have completed 96 credits, of which a minimum of 32 at Harvard is required with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The deadlines are August 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship

Alpha Sigma Lambda is the primer national honor society for adult students. ASL awards a limited number of $2,200 tuition scholarships annually. Degree candidates who meet certain academic requirements are eligible to apply. The application deadline is ordinarily April 30. 


Degree candidates are encourage to pursue fellowship options to fund undergraduate learning experiences, research, and graduate work. See a list of fellowships available.

The Washington Center seminars

In January and May, you have the option to attend a 2-credit Washington Center seminar. While in Washington, DC, you can witness firsthand the political process in action.

Some seminars are led by Harvard instructors, so you can earn on-campus and Harvard-instructor credit. For others, you can go on your own, and credits will be treated as transfer.

Application deadlines are early December for January and early April for May. These courses count toward your field of study when related.

Other benefits 

Also see the Degree Candidate Privileges for a list of other benefits.