Harvard University Summer School: Secondary School Program

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Harvard Summer School

Harvard University’s Secondary School Program is designed for high school students seeking to immerse themselves in the college experience before even finishing high school. Students who will graduate in 2018, 2019, or 2020 are invited to apply to this prestigious program.

Students may take classes in over two hundred different courses, including film, creative writing, computer science, philosophy, or neuroscience. Students can take more advanced classes than those that are normally offered in high schools, learning under the guidance of prestigious Harvard faculty and visiting scholars. Students in this program can learn and connect with students from all over the world and enjoy all of the campus experiences and attractions that Harvard has to offer. These experiences include career workshops, cultural excursions, and lectures by Harvard professors and visiting guests.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least fifteen years old by December 1 and not turn twenty before July 31, 2018. Students must submit online applications and provide supplemental materials such as a counselor report, transcripts, and signed rules and regulations. A nonrefundable application fee of fifty dollars is also required. Students who do not speak English as their native language should also submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE Academic examinations.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. Decisions are competitive, and while there is no GPA requirement, all information (including GPA) will be considered. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain F-1 student visas to study in this program. In addition, those students seeking financial aid must apply for it by February 1. This may be extended to April 2 if additional funds are available.

More information about the program, available courses, and application requirements may be found at summer.harvard.edu.

To learn more and apply, click here.


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