Exchange Scholar Program

The Exchange Scholar Program allows GSAS students to study and work for a term or academic year with faculty at one of 10 participating schools:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Brown University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University

Students from partner institutions may apply to study with Harvard faculty.

GSAS Students

Courses taken while participating in the Exchange Scholar Program are recorded on the student’s Harvard transcript. Exchange scholars receive benefits available to the host institution’s resident graduate students, including access to libraries, laboratories, health services, and athletic facilities.

Before applying, discuss the Exchange Scholar Program with your advisor or academic program, then express interest by contacting the relevant department at the host institution and identifying an advisor.

Applying

  1.  Complete the Exchange Scholar Program application.
  2.  Get the application approved and signed by your academic advisor and your department chair or director of graduate studies.
  3.  Email the application to GSAS Student Affairs at studaff@fas.harvard.edu for approval. Applications with completed Harvard signatures are then forwarded to the host institution. 

Applications for the fall term or the entire academic year are due in early July. Applications for the spring term are due in early December.

Tuition and Health Coverage

Harvard students participating in the Exchange Scholar Program are charged the appropriate GSAS resident tuition and remain eligible for GSAS financial aid. They are also charged Harvard University Student Health Program fees, which remain on the student account unless the fees are waived. Students may prefer to enroll in the health insurance program at the host institution and waive the Harvard fees.

Students from Partner Institutions

The Exchange Scholar Program operates during the fall and spring terms only. Students are not expected to be in residence during the summer. Applications for the fall term or the entire academic year are due in early July. Applications for the spring term are due in early December.

Students from other institutions who participate in the Exchange Scholar Program are enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Program and charged for the Student Health Insurance Plan coverage and for the Student Health Fee. Those with comparable insurance elsewhere may waive health insurance coverage, however, the Student Health Fee may not be waived.

Regulations regarding employment for international students apply at both the student’s home and host institution. International students may be allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week, but approval must be granted by the home institution’s foreign student advisor. All students can check with their host department to see if teaching opportunities are available.

Applying

Follow all policies at your home institution and complete the Exchange Scholar Program application with your home institution’s signatures. Then, send the applications to GSAS Student Affairs at studaff@fas.harvard.edu.  Applications for the fall term or the entire academic year are due in early July. Applications for the spring term are due in early December.

Tuition and Health Coverage

Students from other institutions who participate in the Exchange Scholar Program are enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Program and charged for the Student Health Insurance Plan coverage and for the Student Health Fee. Those with comparable insurance elsewhere may waive health insurance coverage, however, the Student Health Fee may not be waived.

Regulations regarding employment for international students apply at both the student’s home and host institution. International students may be allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week, but approval must be granted by the home institution’s international office. All students can check with their host department to see if teaching opportunities are available.

Extending Your Stay

To extend a stay at Harvard as an exchange scholar, a new application is required for each term or academic year.

CONTACT INFO

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Office of Student Affairs
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
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Cambridge, MA 02138

Policy Forms

Exchange Scholar Application