IvyPlus Exchange Scholar Program


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Harvard GSAS will be able to host visiting exchange scholars in fall 2021. Visiting exchange scholars will be required to be full-time (16 credits), on-campus, and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus. Harvard GSAS will not be able to host exchange scholars who are remote, or part-time.

 

The IvyPlus 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 Ivy Plus 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 IvyPlus 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 IvyPlus Exchange Scholar Program application. (Pages 2-4 in the application)

  2.  Get the application approved and signed by your academic advisor and your department chair or director of graduate studies. (Page 5 section B in the application) 
  3.  Email the signed application to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs at studaff@fas.harvard.edu for approval. (Page 5 Section C)
  4. Applications with completed Harvard signatures will then be forwarded by the Office of Student Affairs 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 IvyPlus 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 are responsible to read welcome materials and onboarding information sent by the host institution which may indicate enrollment in the host institution's student health insurance plan, and how to waive the plan if necessary. 

Students from Partner Institutions

The IvyPlus 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 IvyPlus 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

  1. Follow all policies at your home institution and complete the IvyPlus Exchange Scholar Program application with your home institution’s signatures.
  2. The administrative contact from your institution (Pages 7-9 on the application) should forward the application to GSAS Student Affairs at studaff@fas.harvard.edu
  3. GSAS Student Affairs will reach out to indicate if your application has been approved and to lay out next steps regarding enrollment. 

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. Applications will not be accepted after check in has opened for the corresponding term. 

Tuition and Health Coverage

Students from other institutions who participate in the IvyPlus 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
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Cambridge, MA 02138

Policy Forms

Exchange Scholar Application