Can I meet with a Summer Funding adviser to talk about summer plans?
Fall Semester only - The Summer Funding team will start having 30-minute one-on-one appointments in October 2019 – until then, please attend a general drop-in with any OCS adviser Monday-Friday, 1-4pm. NOTE: Students must attend at least a drop-in appointment to schedule a longer appointment.
How to schedule an appointment:
- Log in to Crimson Careers
- On the right-hand panel of the page, scroll down and click "Schedule an Advising Appointment"
- Under "Type" select “Advising Appointment” Select “Summer Planning & Funding Advising (College).”
- Click the "Check Availability" button
You can select a date and time that works for you, up to one month ahead of time. You cannot schedule an appointment less than 24 hours ahead of time.
What are some other sources of funding?
OCS is one of many funding sources:
- CARAT - Each listing in this database contains contact information, so if you see something relevant that has passed or hasn’t been updated for 2020 you can reach out to the contact for more information.
- Any related Harvard center or academic department may have resources; for example, if you are traveling to Japan, check out the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies website for potential funding. See the funding charts in the Navigating Summer Opportunities guide
- The Financial Aid Office has a compilation of non-Harvard funding sources.
- The Student Employment Office has a list of internships, part-time jobs, and research assistantships with Harvard faculty.
Additionally, students on financial aid have the option of taking out interest-free loans to help finance Harvard Summer School in Cambridge or study abroad (for credit only).
Eligibility & Funding Questions
I’m not a Harvard student, am I eligible for funding?
We are only able to fund current Harvard undergraduates in good academic standing and who are not currently or planning on taking a leave of absence. Each program has further eligibility requirements.
Do you have funding for opportunities during winter break?
- Harvardwood (students on financial aid only)
- Arts and Museums Internship
Do you have funding for opportunities during term-time?
Can I still apply for funding after the OCS funding deadline?
We are unable to accept late funding applications, and suggest searching CARAT for any funding sources whose deadlines have not yet passed. Many other Harvard Centers have later funding deadlines.
Please see the question on other sources of funding at Harvard.
Do you offer funding for thesis research?
Do you offer funding for undergraduate research in a U.S.-based lab during the summer?
Do you offer funding for U.S.-based internships during the summer?
Do you offer funding resources for visas, vaccinations, or other travel-related costs?
OCS funds are meant to cover program fees or the cost of living (food, local travel, etc) for independent internships. Students on financial aid will also receive a travel stipend. As with any international travel, please expect additional costs as you plan for your trip.
Please visit Global Support Services’ Visa and Passport Services page for travel document resources. Students on financial aid may inquire about receiving an additional funding for visa costs.
How do I apply for OCS funding in CARAT?
What should be included in a recommendation letter?
What if I’m having trouble uploading my application to CARAT?:
Direct Deposit Questions
How do I enroll or know if I’ve been enrolled in direct deposit?
How do I show proof of enrollment in direct deposit?:
Funding Questions: What if I’ve had a change in financial aid status?
How will I receive my OCS funds?
For Harvard Summer School:
If you are on financial aid, OCS will send the program fee amount directly to Harvard Summer School. If you will be receiving additional food and travel stipends from OCS, the funds will be awarded via direct deposit starting in April, so be sure to check your bank statements for the award. If you are not on financial aid, the $1,500 you receive will be sent to directly to Harvard Summer School to go toward your program fee.
For all other funding categories:
Funds will be awarded via direct deposit to your bank account, so be sure to check your bank statements for the award. However, international students who are participating in domestic public service programs will receive a check, rather than a direct deposit.
See “Direct Deposit” section for instructions on how to enroll.
When will I receive my OCS funds?
What should I do if my program fee is due and I haven’t received funding yet?
What if my summer plans change?
Pre-Departure Requirement Questions
What pre-departure requirements do I have to do?
You will receive updates from the Office of International Education them as these items are marked complete in their system. If you have questions regarding the status of these requirements, you may contact the OIE at email@example.com.
I already completed all of my predeparture requirements, but I still got an email saying I’m missing something.
If you completed and submitted your predeparture requirements shortly before you received the email from OIE, this is due to a lag in the processing time in the system. Please allow a few days for the requirements to be updated in the system.
If you continue to receive notifications and it has been more than three weeks after submitting your predeparture requirements, please contact OIE at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy our office on the message (email@example.com).
I’ve submitted all my requirements, but haven’t received my funds yet. Am I missing anything?
I’ve been cleared for travel from OIE, how long will it take to receive my funds?
Can I get course credit for internships?
How does insurance work while abroad?
Please see Global Support Services’ page on 4 common insurance policies for international work and travel.
Health insurance: Please consult with your health care provider about international coverage options and networks – you may need to purchase a short-term health care plan.
Evacuation insurance: Harvard automatically provides travelers with international emergency and evacuation insurance coverage through International SOS. Harvard's international insurance will cover any medical or security care provided abroad for its travelers. In the case of medical issues, when you call International SOS, they become your primary insurance. If International SOS thinks you need to see a local provider, they make the appointment and usually make the payment. If you have to pay out of pocket, they have a reimbursement process.
Travel insurance: International SOS is NOT travel insurance. If you're looking for coverage for lost luggage, missed or canceled flights, etc., that is not covered through Harvard, this is an additional plan that should be purchased.