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Plan Your Visit
Harvard Professional Development Programs are held in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The neighborhood is home to world-class museums, restaurants, shops, hotels, and more.
Just minutes from Boston, Cambridge is a cultural hub with a diverse population of students, professionals, and families. While you’re here, be sure to take advantage of all the Boston-Cambridge metro area has to offer.
Hotel and Accommodations:
Whether you want to live like a local or have an executive experience, Harvard Square has you covered with a great range of accommodations.
We encourage you to book accommodations early. However, if you’re booking before completing registration, please check your hotel’s cancellation policy, as your placement in a program is not guaranteed until you have received registration confirmation.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Reception at the end of day one
Tuition does not include hotel or other overnight accommodations, and we do not offer any on-campus housing. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements.
Tuition for 2020 Professional Development Programs is listed within each program page.
While you’ll gain the benefit of Harvard quality instruction, you are not required to apply. However, programs are designed for professionals who are fluent in written and spoken English. While we don't require proof of English proficiency, it is expected that you fully participate, in English, during classroom discussions and group exercises.
As well, the programs bring together mid- to senior-level professionals from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. As such, participants should be able to draw on work experience to effectively participate in program activities.
Each program description also has a section titled Who Should Enroll, which may be helpful in determining whether a program appropriately fits your background and interests.
Please be advised that the quickest way to secure your seat in the program is to pay online with a credit card. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and your seat is not confirmed until your tuition has been received in full.
Since programs often fill quickly, we recommend completing payment online whenever possible. Often participants pay with their personal credit cards and later seek reimbursement directly from their employer in order to ensure a seat in the program.
If online payment is not an option for you, we certainly can provide you with a tuition invoice after you register online up to the point of payment. Once you have completed this step, please email us to request an official invoice.
When your wire transfer or check has been received and applied to your account, you will receive a registration confirmation email. Please note that since many programs do fill quickly, often forming a waitlist, it is possible that the program may fill before your payment is received.
Check-in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. and our programs start at 8:30 a.m. On the first day, participants will have an opportunity to join a networking reception that runs from 4:15 p.m. until 5 p.m. The final day of the program will end at 4:30 p.m.
Participants dress in varying levels of formality, but as a general guideline we suggest wearing office or business attire. It is important to check the weather, as it is often unpredictable in Massachusetts. You may also want to bring a sweater or jacket/blazer to accommodate for potential variations in room temperatures.
We are able to extend a 15 percent discount to groups of 2 to 5 employees from the same organization who register in a single program, after the first registrant pays full tuition.
Please email us once your first group member has registered and paid in full, and we will send instructions on how additional group members can register with a discount passcode.
If a registered participant cancels for any reason, we will reach out to waitlisted participants in the order in which they joined the waitlist.
If a space opens up that we can offer to you, we will email you to ask if you are still interested in attending and request permission to charge the credit card on file. No tuition or fee is charged at the time of joining the waitlist, and we will not charge your credit card without explicit, written authorization from the cardholder.
The chances of being offered a seat after joining the waitlist are unpredictable, but often not very high. We recommend looking at our other program offerings and registering for an alternative program. You will remain on the waitlist for your first choice program, and please be assured that we will still reach out to you immediately in the event that a seat becomes available.
We offer a hybrid program, Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders. This 10-week online and on-campus program combines web conferences, a one-week on-campus session, and a final project. It is preferred that participants attend the web conferences live during the specified times, but if not possible, the conferences are recorded and made available for future viewing.
Additionally, you may be interested in online courses offered through Harvard Extension School. As part of its mission, Harvard Extension School allows students to experience Harvard from anywhere in the world.
Upon completion of a Professional Development Program, participants receive a certificate of participation.
The B-1 visa, rather than a student visa, is appropriate for this program and we recommend that you list "professional development" as your reason for coming to the U.S. We also recommend that you check with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country for confirmation of which visa category is appropriate and what documentation is necessary.
Once you have registered and paid in full, you may request a letter of participation to present at your embassy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Processing takes 2 to 3 business days. We will email the letter of participation.
When you attend a Professional Development Program, you'll enjoy the unique perks that an Ivy League university offers.
- Our classrooms are equipped with all of the latest technology, with large viewing screens on every wall so you never feel like you are in the back row.
- Ample lounge space offers opportunities for small group break-outs and networking during breaks.
- Widener Library, Harvard’s flagship library, provides a comfortable place to work or relax. Participants are granted a visitor's pass to this historic library.
- Smith Campus Center offers a newly redesigned space for you to relax or grab a quick meal at a variety of restaurants.
- Harvard Yard is a major attraction, and for good reason. Harvard Yard is the oldest and most historic part of Harvard University, and it is a short 3-minute walk from our program space. Tours are available.
Here are just a few popular Harvard Square establishments. Visit harvardsquare.com for more, including info on upcoming events and festivals.
Transportation and Direction
Driving from Boston Logan International Airport
Take MA-1A from Airport Road. Continue on MA-1A S to Storrow Drive, which turns into Soldiers Field Road. Take the exit onto N. Harvard Street toward Cambridge/Harvard Square. Continue onto John F. Kennedy Street, then turn left on Brattle Street. Arrive at 1 Brattle Square.
Taking the T from Boston Logan
Follow signs in the airport to the Silver Line. Take Silver Line 1 (SL1) to South Station. At South Station, get on the Red Line headed toward Alewife. Get off at Harvard Square, and walk 4 minutes to 1 Brattle Square.
Using a ride-share app at Boston Logan
Request a ride on your app only after securing your baggage. At all Boston Logan terminals, the designated pick-up area for ride-share apps is in Central Parking. Follow signs to pick-up area and locate your driver.
Parking in Harvard Square
There is no free parking in Harvard Square, but there are a number of commercial parking lots and garages, as well as metered parking. The University Place Garage, 124 Mount Auburn St., is close to our location. You can view more information about parking by visiting www.transportation.harvard.edu or www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking
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