Harvard Summer Study Abroad Programs

OCS administers funding which supports students enrolled in Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Programs 

Please note that OCS will comply with Harvard’s COVID travel policy. It is the responsibility of students to ensure their ability to complete the programs for which they are applying for funding. 

We encourage you to apply for all funding sources for which you are eligible. If you receive funding from another source, you must notify us immediately. 

Please note that Harvard College students can only accept one funded summer experience each summer. For the latest information, see Harvard College’s Summer Funding Policy 

NOTE: Students must apply for both HSS programs AND OCS funding separately by their respective deadlines.

OCS awards are not transferrable.  If your study abroad program or location changes, you need to seek OCS’ approval to be funded for your opportunity.  Similarly, funding for one type of opportunity (such Harvard Summer School study abroad) cannot be moved to another type of opportunity (such as an internship with a third-party internship provider or non-Harvard summer study abroad).  If there are any changes to your study abroad program (I.e. type, format, location, duration, etc)  and you do not inform us, your award may be rescinded.

Important Dates: 

  1. December 5, 2023HSS Study Abroad Programs and OCS funding applications open (separate applications)
  2. January 26, 2023 – Deadline to apply to HSS Study Abroad Programs and for OCS funding (separate applications)
  3. March 3, 2023 – Funding notifications go out on rolling basis
  4. March 6, 2023 – Deadline to accept or decline OCS funding award
  5. March 8, 2023 – Deadline to confirm acceptance in HSS program
  6. April 11, 2023 – Deadline to submit pre-departure requirements to receive funding 

Who Can Apply for Funding? 

OCS can only fund students who: 

  • Have not previously received money for study abroad (Harvard or non-Harvard) 
  • Are in good academic standing at time of application through the end of the spring semester 
  • Are current Harvard College undergraduates, 1st-year through 1st semester senior during Spring 2023 
  • Are enrolled full-time during Spring 2023
  • Are planning to enroll in Fall 2023

**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 Thursday, January 26, 2023, 11:59pm ET.
  2. Enroll in direct deposit. See direct deposit instructions
  3. Apply for funding in CARAT to the “OCS Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Programs Funding Application SU 23 (HSS)by Thursday, January 26, 2023, 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 (Download sample screenshot)  

Notes about the CARAT application: 

  • If you are applying to two HSS study abroad programs, you only need to submit one OCS funding application in CARAT 

How Much is Awarded, and What is not Included? 

  • $1500 if student does not receive financial aid 
  • Cost of program and travel stipend for students receiving financial aid, as determined by OCS 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to cover any extra costs that are not included in the program fee (i.e. visas, personal expenses, health insurance, etc.).  See the “Costs & Expenses” section for each HSS program for an estimate of what you can expect in out-of-pocket costs 

How are Funding Decisions Made? 

  • 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