Harvard Summer Study Abroad Programs

OCS administers funding which supports students enrolled in Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Programs2022 HSS programs will not have a remote option. 

We encourage you to visit us for drop-ins on weekdays 1-4PM (virtual 1-3PM; in-person 3-4PM) if you have any questions about the application process.

Important Dates:

NOTE: Students must apply for both HSS programs AND OCS funding separately by their respective deadlines
  1. January 10, 2022 – Applications open for HSS Study Abroad Programs and OCS funding (separate applications)
  2. February 3, 2022 – Deadline to apply to HSS Study Abroad Programs and for OCS funding (separate applications)
  3. March 4, 2022 – Funding notifications go out on rolling basis
  4. March 7, 2022 – Deadline to accept or decline OCS funding award
  5. April 12, 2022 – Deadline to submit pre-departure requirements to receive funding

Who Can Apply for Funding?

OCS can only fund students who:
  1. Have not previously received money for study abroad (Harvard or non-Harvard)
  2. Are in good academic standing at time of application and at the end of the spring semester
  3. Are current Harvard College undergraduates, 1st-year through 1st semester senior
  4. Are enrolled full-time during Spring 2022
  5. Are planning to enroll in Fall 2022

**Preference will be given to students who have NOT received prior funding and for whom this is their last summer of college**

How to Apply

  1. Apply directly to the HSS Study Abroad Program(s) by February 3, 2022, 11:59pm ET. Program applications open January 10, 2022.
  2. Apply for funding in CARAT to the OCS Funding Application for Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Programs” by February 3, 2022, 11:59pm ET with the following materials:
    1. Proof of Direct Deposit enrollment, PDF format. Submit a pdf screenshot from the “Student Accounts” section from my.harvard that shows you are enrolled in direct deposit (See sample screenshot)
  3. Enroll in direct deposit.  See direct deposit instructions

Notes about the CARAT application:

  • For “Title of your proposal” and “Synopsis of your proposal” fields, list the names of the programs you’re applying to.
  • If you are applying to two HSS study abroad programs, you only need to submit one OCS funding application in CARAT:
    • In your CARAT application, list your first-choice program in the “Project Description Primary Location” field (city, country). List your second-choice program in the “Travel Secondary Location of Project” field (city, country).
    • If you do not have a preference between the two programs, list the programs in any order and email ocs_summerfunding@fas.harvard.edu with subject heading “HSS study abroad funding – no preference”

How much is awarded?

  • $1500 if student does not receive financial aid
  • Cost of program and travel stipend for students receiving financial aid, as determined by OCS

​​​Important note about award amounts:

  • Due to high demand, OCS is only able to fund about 50% of eligible funding applications. – funding decisions are made by lottery and not based on financial need
  • Not all students on financial aid are funded, and program admission does not guarantee funding
  • Awards cannot be transferred to another HSS program or to another summer opportunity
  • It is the student’s responsibility to cover any extra costs that are not included in the program fee (i.e. visas, personal expenses, etc.).  See the “Costs & Expenses” section for each HSS program pages