Harvard Summer School

Options in Computer Science, Short Course

About

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Computer Science 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:
Great Ideas in Computer Science with Java

This course is an introduction to the most important discoveries and intellectual paradigms in computer science, designed for students with little or no previous background. We explore problem-solving methods and algorithm development using the high-level programming languages Java and Scratch. Students learn how to design, code, debug, and document programs using techniques of good programming style in a Linux-based environment. This course presents an integrated view of computer systems, from hardware architecture and data communication systems through compilers and cryptography. We examine theoretical and practical limitations related to unsolvable and intractable computational problems, and the social and ethical dilemmas presented by such issues as software unreliability and invasion of privacy. Students may count only one of CSCI S-1, CSCI E-10a, or CSCI E-50a for degree credit.

Introduction to Programming with Python

Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. It is an interpreted language, with a rich programming environment, including a robust debugger and profiler. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many scientific areas for data exploration. This course is an introduction to the Python programming language for students without prior programming experience. We cover data types, control flow, object-oriented programming, and graphical user interface-driven applications. The examples and problems used in this course are drawn from diverse areas such as text processing, simple graphics creation and image manipulation, HTML and web programming, and genomics.

Fundamentals of Website Development

This course provides a comprehensive overview of website development. Students explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools, and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets including HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, multimedia, scripting languages, HTTP, clients, servers, and databases function together in today's web environment. The course provides a solid web development foundation, focusing on content and client-side (browser) components (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, multimedia), with an overview of the server-side technologies. In addition, software and services that are easily incorporated into a website (for example, maps, checkout, blogs, content management) are surveyed and discussed. Students produce an interactive website on the topic of their choice for the final project and leave the course prepared for more advanced and focused web development studies.

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 Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Computer Science may 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:
  • Great Ideas in Computer Science with Java
  • Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Fundamentals of Website Development
  • Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures
  • Secure Software Development
  • Database Management
  • Advanced Mobile Application Development Using Swift and iOS
  • Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Swift and iOS
  • Agile Software Development
  • Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things
  • Intensive Introduction to Computer Science Using Java

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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 Per Full Programme

  • USD 3050 International
  • USD 3050 National
Tuition fee:
  • 3050 USD 4 credit course
  • 6100 USD 8 credit course

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.