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Options in Spanish, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 2 months


Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Spanish may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s course options website

For instance, you can take the following courses:
Beginning Spanish

This course, conducted mostly in Spanish, is for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. It provides the linguistic, communicative, and cultural foundations to engage in basic daily life interactions in oral and written Spanish. Students gain an overview of the history of the Spanish language and and the different ways it blends European and indigenous cultures in art, music, clothing, and family traditions. Through music, visual arts, videos, short readings of authentic texts, and film, students gain a new perspective of Spanish speaking cultures. By the end of the course, students have the linguistic elements to describe and narrate in the present, future, and past, and engage in different types of basic interactions and conversations about everyday topics. They learn strategies to work through texts, unknown vocabulary, and grammar, and are able to identify informal from formal discourse and learn its importance in Spanish-speaking culture. And, given the prominent place of technology in our lives, students also gain vocabulary for technology and learn what happens to English technical words when adopted or borrowed by the Spanish speaking world.

Oral Expression: El español hablado

An intermediate language and culture class with an emphasis on consolidating and expanding the skills of listening comprehension, oral fluency, and pronunciation in Spanish. It includes a comprehensive review of the grammar and reinforces linguistic acquisition through texts, movies, art, and multimedia projects to acquaint students with cultural issues relevant to the Spanish-speaking world. Written exercises contribute to strengthening language fluency. Oral proficiency is not a prerequisite. Students meet outside of class with some frequency to complete group projects.

Contemporary Spanish Film

An advanced language and culture class that further develops linguistic competence using a region or regions of the Hispanic world—in this case, Spain—as a focus for class discussion, grammar review, and an introduction to Hispanic social contexts and texts. Course materials include films, interviews, paintings, photography, music, selections from the press, as well as literary or historical readings. Frequent written and oral assignments, and a thorough review of grammar.

Registration opens March 1, 2017 for the following three summer sessions:
  • Seven-week session: June 17–August 5, 2017
  • Three-week session I: June 17–July 7, 2017
  • Three-week session II: July 9–July 28, 2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 2 months
  • Credits
    4 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Please note, that course content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costsmay be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s program website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
  • Beginning Spanish
  • Oral Expression: El español hablado
  • Contemporary Spanish Film.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For all programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Summer School. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency, unless you are an admitted degree candidate in Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, or a Harvard graduate or professional school.

Visa Requirements

The F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you if your main reason for coming to the United States is to attend a Harvard Summer School session on campus.

To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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Tuition fee:
  • 3050 USD 4 credit course
  • 6100 USD 8 credit course

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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