International Student Study Options
Harvard Extension School offers a variety of ways for students around the world to study part time at Harvard University. Whether you are interested in online courses, a professional graduate certificate, or a degree, you will find flexible, challenging options to help you meet your goals.
We have more than 300 online courses available in the fall and spring semesters. Some courses have live meeting times in a virtual classroom each week. Others offer more flexibility, allowing you to watch weekly lecture videos or access course materials at your convenience. All classes have scheduled assignments.
No application is required to take a course; you simply register. However, English proficiency is required, and proof of proficiency must be provided for certain subjects.
Professional graduate certificates
If you are interested in earning a Harvard credential in a specialized area, we offer more than 20 professional graduate certificates in fields like management, technology, and sustainability. Certificates include between three and five courses, and many can be completed online. Explore the professional certificates
Our degrees combine online and on-campus study. If you decide to pursue a degree with us, you can take a number of your courses online. You will also come to Harvard for some of your studies.
The Harvard on-campus experience is a key aspect of our degree programs. You attend classes on campus in Cambridge, engage with faculty and fellow students in person, and use campus libraries and other resources to enrich your academic experience.
|Degree field||Number of on-campus courses required|
|Anthropology & Archeology||3|
|Bachelor of Liberal Arts||4|
|Bioengineering & Nanotechnologies||4|
|Digital Media Design||1|
|Foreign Literature, Language & Culture||3|
|Information Management Systems||1|
|Literature & Creative Writing||3|
|Mathematics for Teaching||4|
|Middle Eastern Studies||3|
As a part-time school, we do not issue I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa for full-time study. Because this can make fulfilling the on-campus requirement challenging, we offer a variety of short on-campus options, including three-week January courses, individual intensive weekend courses, and three- and seven-week courses offered at Harvard Summer School, which does issue I-20s.
English proficiency for degree programs
Strong English language skills are essential for success in our programs. Our courses are taught in English, and language facility will help you learn complex topics and engage in thoughtful discourse with fellow students.
If English is not your native language, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency when you apply to a program.
Limited financial aid funding is available to non-US citizens. You may be eligible to borrow a private education loan through a lender of your choice with a US citizen as a co-signer.
Professional development programs
For shorter offerings, you may be interested in the two-day Professional Development Programs offered by the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.