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Dhahran Saudi Arabia


Harvard University


The Pre-College Program admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Will graduate in 2019 or 2020

  2. Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2017, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2018



Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including:

  1. Counselor report

  2. Transcripts with fall 2017 grades

  3. Signed rules and regulations

  4. The $50 nonrefundable application fee

  5. If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS language proficiency exam along with your application. The scores of successful applicants are typically above 103 on the TOEFL with 25 on the written section; IELTS is at least a 7.5 score with 7 on the written section. We do not accept Cambridge English Exam or TOEFL iTP test scores. Be sure to schedule your test appointment as early as possible, so that the test does not delay your application.

  6. Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an email prompting you to log in to check your application status approximately three weeks after you’ve completed your application.



  • Early application deadline

Submit your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins

Thursday, February 1, 5 pm

  • Financial aid application deadline

Submit both your program and financial aid application by this date

Thursday, February 1, 5 pm

  • Application deadline

Monday, May 7, or earlier, if all course waitlists are full



We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, current grades, counselor reports, and your short essays—when considering your application.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis, and the selection process is competitive. Once an application is complete, it takes approximately three weeks for a decision to be made.



If you are admitted to the program, you’ll register for the course you wish to take. Registration opens Monday, February 26 at 9 am (eastern time), at which time you will and select your preferred courses and sessions online. Courses do fill up quickly, so plan to register early.



According to US State Department guidelines, international students participating in the Pre-College Program do not qualify for F-1 student visas as this is a non-degree program that requires less than 18 hours per week in the classroom.

Participants should apply for the B-2 tourist visa (citizens of some countries may not need visa stamps but will need pre-approval through the ESTA system) which allows for brief stays—usually less than six months—that may include participation in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree.

Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country if you have any questions about visas, country-specific policies, or the necessary documentation for your visit.