Traveling Scholars

Students who are engaged in degree work full-time primarily with non-Harvard resources for the majority of the academic term, should apply for Traveling Scholar status. In preparation, students should discuss their plans with their advisor and with their financial aid officer.

  • Traveling scholars are expected to inform their advisors of their progress on a regular basis.
  • Before making a decision to apply for Traveling Scholar status, students are strongly advised to consult with their financial aid officer in order to understand the financial implications of status changes.
  • Students who travel to certain Harvard institutions (e.g. Dumbarton Oaks, Villa i Tatti, etc.) may apply for Traveling Scholar status. 
  • Traveling scholars may request a formal letter of introduction, the “Dazzler,” from the Office of Student Affairs, which may help with access to libraries, archives, and other resources.

Health Insurance

Traveling scholars are automatically enrolled in HUSHP. If students have comparable health insurance coverage, they may qualify to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan and the Student Health Fee

Traveling Scholar Financial Elections

Traveling scholars retain full Harvard Library access regardless of their financial election. See non-resident section for more details.

Traveling Scholar Elections 2021-2022

Full Tuition

$25,464 (per term)

Reduced Tuition

  $6,620 (per term)

Facilities Fee

 $1,685 (per term)

Active File Fee

    $150 (per term)


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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

Apply for Traveling Scholar Status