Registration for 2014 opens March 3 and ends May 19, when full payment is due. Because IEL programs are intensive, you may not enroll in additional Harvard Summer School courses.

As part of registration, you take the English language placement test to determine your level and initial class assignment. You take the test at 11 am on Sunday, June 22, unless you took the post-test in a spring 2014 IEL class. If you took a spring 2014 IEL post-test, your post-test score is used for your Summer School IEL placement.

Registration steps

1. Register online beginning March 3.

When registering, you pay a $50 nonrefundable registration fee and $200 deposit with a credit card.

  • If requesting an I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa, you must register and complete all I-20 requirements by Monday, May 5. You can request the I-20 when you register online.
  • To request housing, you must register for your course, submit your housing request online, and pay in full all of your tuition, housing, and other fees early and no later than Monday, May 19 (pending availability of space). Housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who meet those requirements.

IEL S-D50 English for Design and IEL S-SSP Secondary School Intensive English Language Program are selective admission programs. You must submit additional materials for admission. The materials must be received before May 5 if you request an I-20, or before May 19 if you do not request an I-20.

2. Pay all charges in full no later than Monday, May 19.

Full payment of tuition and fees must be made online or received at 51 Brattle Street by May 19. If your payment is not received, your housing request will be canceled, you may be dropped from courses, and you will be charged a nonrefundable $200 late payment fee. If you are dropped from your courses, you are no longer eligible for the F-1 student visa.

For information about how to pay your fees, visit Payment Options on the Harvard Summer School website. You can also find information on payment policies, refunds, and health insurance.

3. Submit proof of immunizations by Friday, May 23.

Proof of immunizations is required if you are living on campus or attending Summer School while on any kind of visa.

Late registration

If you register between Tuesday, May 20, and Thursday, June 26, full payment of tuition and fees, including a $50 nonrefundable registration fee and a nonrefundable $200 late registration fee, is required when you register. On-campus housing is not available to students who register late. You must take the placement test on Sunday, June 22. After June 22, only students with a placement test score may register. See more about the test below.

Arrival and placement test

  1. On Saturday, June 21, arrive on campus, move into your dorm or house if living on campus, check in with the Harvard International Office representatives if you have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School, and pick up your Harvard Summer School ID card and Institute for English Language (IEL) Programs required readings and weekend homework.

  2. On Sunday, June 22, take the placement test in the Science Center to determine your level (placement test information below). This is the last test given for placement in IEL classes. See other Opening Weekend activities.

  3. On the afternoon of Monday, June 23, log in to Harvard Summer School online services to see your test score, level, and orientation meeting information.

  4. On Tuesday morning, June 24, attend the IEL orientation meeting at 10 am and then log in to online services to see your Wednesday class schedule. On Tuesday afternoon, attend your level meeting at 1 pm, where you will write a diagnostic essay sample.

  5. On Wednesday, June 25, attend class and take an oral diagnostic test in class to confirm your initial placement. If your initial placement must be changed because of this test, you are moved to a class at the appropriate level of proficiency or counseled out of the program if your level of proficiency does not permit placement.

Placement test—11 am Sunday, June 22

You must take the English language placement test for placement in your class. The entire testing session, including check-in time, lasts about two-and-a-half hours. Arrive for the test 30 minutes early. Bring a government-issued photo ID.

If you are in the Cambridge area before Opening Weekend, you may take the placement test at one of the following times instead of on June 22. These tests have limited seating, so you must log in to online services to make a reservation. Reservations close at noon on the test day for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday tests and at noon Friday for the Saturday test. These tests will be held on the Harvard campus. You are told the test location when you make a reservation. Test dates are subject to change. You may take the test only once for the summer.

  • 10 am, Saturday, April 12
  • 6:30 pm, Wednesday, May 14
  • 6 pm, Tuesday, June 10

If you took the post-test in a spring 2014 Extension School IEL course you should not take the placement test for Summer School. Your spring post-test score determines your level for the summer.

Accommodation for a disability. The placement test includes listening and writing sections. If you have a hearing impairment or another documented disability and need an accommodation, contact the disability services coordinator, (617) 495-0977,, as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before the test you plan to take.

Course changes, drops, and withdrawals

You may make course changes at the same level until the deadline if space is available. You cannot change to a different level. For deadlines and information on dropping a course for a full- or half-tuition refund and withdrawing from a course, visit the Course Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals page on the Summer School website. Deadlines are also on the intensive program calendar.