Non-Harvard Study Abroad Programs

OCS administers funding that can be used to support non-Harvard study abroad programs that are 8+ weeks long during the summer. Visit the Office of International Education’s (OIE) website to learn more about eligible study abroad programs.

For questions about non-Harvard study abroad programs, please reach out to OIE. For questions about funding, please visit OCS for drop-ins on weekdays 1-4PM (1-3PM virtual; 3-4PM in-person).

Important Dates

NOTE: Students must apply directly to a study abroad program, request course approval from OIE, AND apply to OCS for funding by their respective deadlines.

  1. February 10, 2022 – Deadline to apply to OIE for course approval AND to OCS for funding
  2. March 23, 2022 – Deadline to accept or decline funding award
  3. April 12, 2022 – Deadline to submit pre-departure requirements to receive funding

Who Can Apply for Funding?:

OCS can only fund students who:

  1. Are attending programs that are 8 weeks or longer (see OIE’s Summer Funding Eligible list)
  2. Have not previously received money for study abroad (Harvard or non-Harvard)
  3. Are approved for transfer credit through the Office of International Education
  4. Are in good academic standing at time of application and departure
  5. Are current Harvard College undergraduates, 1st-year through 1st semester senior
  6. Are enrolled full-time during Spring 2022
  7. 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**

Notes about the CARAT application:

  • For “Title of your proposal” and “Synopsis of your proposal” fields, list the name of your first choice study abroad program.

How to Apply:

  1. Apply directly to the non-Harvard Study Abroad Program (see OIE’s Summer Funding Eligible list).
  2. Apply for transfer credit through the Office of International Education
  3. Enroll in direct deposit. See direct deposit instructions
  4. Apply for funding in CARAT to the “OCS Funding Application for Eight-Week Non-Harvard Summer Study Abroad Programs (NHS)” with the following materials:
    1. Proof of acceptance into program, PDF format – If you do not have proof of acceptance, please submit proof of application into program. You will need to show proof of acceptance when you accept funding
    2. Study abroad proposal, PDF format – 750-word essay detailing how this study abroad experience fits into your academic work at Harvard College (if applying to 2 programs, only write about your first choice)
    3. One-page resume, PDF format (we recommend using OCS templates)
    4. Unofficial transcript, PDF format (available under Grades tab, “View Unofficial Transcript” in my.harvard)
    5. 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)
    6. REQUIRED for all in-person study abroad programs: Complete ALL pre-departure requirements and submit forms to respective offices (some will be submitted online). Upload forms marked with an asterisk (*) with your CARAT application:
      1. Read Harvard COVID-19 travel policy
      2. Read Harvard College International travel policy
      3. Identify your destination’s travel risk rating – students may not travel to countries or regions within countries where the risk rating is “high”
      4. Register your itinerary with International SOS – tentative dates and location (city, country) are sufficient prior to booking flight and lodging. You must update your itinerary with final flight and lodging information
      5. *Sign and submit travel waiver and release form* – include this with your CARAT application. PLEASE NOTE: Submit either the “College Students – Research of Study” or “College Students – Research or Study in Elevated Risk Destinations.” ALL FIELDS MUST BE FILLED OUT, INCLUDING THE SITE SECTION. 
      6. Sign and submit COVID-19 vaccination attestation form* – include this with your CARAT application
      7. Watch the GSS Online Pre-departure Orientation
      8. Schedule an in-person or online orientation – for programs based in locations with an “elevated risk” rating
  5. If you are selected for funding and accept, submit the Harvard College Health Clearance packet. PLEASE NOTE: Submit your Health Clearance form to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) directly by sending the packet to your primary care physician at HUHS via secure message using the HUHS Patient Portal. Do not submit to OCS and do not upload with your application. 

How much is awarded?

  • $1500 if student does not receive financial aid
  • Cost of program (up to $13,000) and travel stipend for students receiving financial aid, as determined by OIE

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 a committee and are 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 study abroad program or to another summer opportunity
  • It is the student’s responsibility to cover or supplement any extra costs that are not included in the program fee (i.e. visas, personal expenses, etc.)