Harvard Extension School offers more than 200 online classes available to students around the world. Because we are a part-time school, we do not issue I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa. There is no appropriate visa category for students whose primary purpose for coming to the United States is part-time study.

Online classes at Harvard

Featuring videos of Harvard faculty and industry experts teaching classes on campus, these online classes offer a challenging opportunity to gain professional skills and global perspectives at a renowned American university.

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English proficiency requirement

All courses except those in the Institute for English Language Programs require English proficiency, and proof of proficiency must be provided for certain subjects. In addition, degree programs have a separate English proficiency requirement for admission, which is described in each program section.

Degree programs

Although the Extension School does not offer online degrees, you can apply some online classes toward a degree.

Harvard credential. When it comes to Harvard Extension School degree programs, employers and alumni alike find the quality of Harvard Extension School to be top notch. See Your Degree, Your Career.

Each degree program has a residency requirement. You can take some required on-campus-only courses at Harvard Summer School, which issues I-20 certificates for full-time study and offers housing. Proof of English proficiency is required.


Career development workshops

Interested in short, noncredit courses? See professional development programs offered by the Division of Continuing Education.