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Harvard Summer Experience

This isn't actually about HES but I thought this would be a good group to ask for information. A friend's daughter is pursuing an opportunity with the Harvard Summer Experience at HU this summer. She's a brilliant student (taking junior and senior level math and chemistry in her first year of college at 18) and this could be a great first step leading towards high level graduate study later. The catch is that the summer experience is roughly $3,000 a credit hour. The family is looking at the aid options they can find but I wondered if anybody here knew of good opportunities to pursue. Any information would be helpful as this is a new venture for them so feel free to share ideas. Thanks!


  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    Is Harvard summer experience the same thing as Harvard summer school?
  • jcaudilljcaudill Posts: 26
    Grat said:

    Is Harvard summer experience the same thing as Harvard summer school?

    I'm pretty sure we're talking about different things. The summer experience is an opportunity for high school students to come to campus for summer learning opportunities and for undergraduate students at other institutions to come to Harvard and earn credit hours. I suspect that the summer experience undergrads are taking summer school courses, but the summer experience is specifically for students attending other institutions. Does that make sense?
  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    Yes - I briefly googled the Harvard summer experience but didn't see anything that sounded official, so I was wondering where that term originated.
  • jcaudilljcaudill Posts: 26
    Looking back at it I apparently made it up from one of the headings on their page: https://www.summer.harvard.edu/about-us Sorry, it's been a rough week!
  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    Ah! No problem, I was just curious as to what this we HU program was all about. Sorry about the rough week - hope this one will be better :)
  • isinyaginisinyagin Posts: 12
    I've never heard about Harvard Summer Experience. When I took classes at Harvard Summer School as an international student, other enrolled students in the course came from all kinds of backgrounds - US and international high school students, Harvard college students, college students from all over the world and couple of adults all in the same classroom. The cost per course was higher than at HES, but lower than at HC.

    Accommodation was optional and I think it was even cheaper to rent a room not far from the campus, but then you missed in-house events .
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