The following guidelines and resources can prepare you for fall, spring, and January registration and speed up your registration process.

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Meet the English proficiency requirement

Some of our courses require that you prove English proficiency if your native language is not English. If you plan to register for a course that lists this requirement in the course description, you must provide designated proof of English proficiency. If possible, submit required transcripts or TOEFLIELTS, or PTEA scores before registration begins.

Take the test of critical reading and writing skills

If you plan to register for courses for degree program admission, you must take the test of critical reading and writing skills.

Find out when to take the online test so you can know your score before registration begins.

Register early for courses with limited enrollment

Plan to register early for courses with limited enrollment, noted in course descriptions. See Limited-Enrollment Courses and Waitlists for more information. 

Consider your credit status options: undergraduate, graduate, or noncredit

Courses are offered at different credit levels: undergraduate, graduate, or noncredit. Decide in advance what status is right for you and your educational goals. Learn more about credit status.

Research transfer credit

Harvard Extension School credit is accepted at most schools. If you intend to transfer credit to your home school, make sure to check your school’s transfer policies before you register.

Course cancelations and schedule changes

Courses occasionally must be canceled or rescheduled for a semester or session, due to low enrollment or other unexpected reasons. Note that if a course is canceled, or if you must drop a course due to a schedule change, your tuition is refunded in full, but you are responsible for textbooks, course packs, travel costs, and other incurred expenses.