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Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Journalism 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:
News Reporting Across Platforms

This fast-paced course teaches students the fundamentals necessary to succeed in today's multimedia journalism industry. Students learn to think, observe, and ask questions like news reporters while learning to develop a brand for themselves—as journalists, videographers, and experts on topics they cover. The course stresses accuracy and fact-checking as well as ethical considerations in journalism and the importance of reporting a balanced story. Guest speakers address both practical and ethical challenges they have faced as working reporters. Students report for different audiences and platforms, and produce finished print and video stories.

Writing and Reporting about Race and Class

This course is an intensive workshop for those interested in writing about race and inequality for newspapers, magazines, or online news outlets. Students learn how to avoid stereotypes when reporting and writing about people marginalized because of their race or economic class. Assignments may include a short factual report, longer researched article, personal reportage, or profile. Students analyze some of the best news coverage of race and inequality. Readings include work by award-winning journalists such as Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Nikole Hannah-Jones of New York Times Magazine, Katherine Boo and Kathleen Kingsley of the Boston Globe, as well as sites that deftly handle race, such as NPR's Code Switch.

Sports Journalism

With the advent of the Internet and the popularity of SportsCenter, the traditional purpose of sports reporting—detailing the events of a game—has become less relevant. Increasingly, traditional outlets for sports writing are being replaced by sites such as and that feature long-form journalism. Indeed, even traditional sports writing institutions like Sports Illustrated have shifted away from game reporting to placing a greater emphasis on storytelling and analysis. This course has two purposes. First, the course familiarizes students with the basic structures and controversies that have swirled around sports over the past few decades. Armed with this knowledge, aspiring sports reporters can write intelligently about the social, legal, ethical, and moral issues that arise in the course of the kind of sports writing that students might one day do for sites such as Grantland, Deadspin, or FiveThirtyEight. Second, the course focuses on the art and structure of storytelling and argumentation in formats that allow for more space and analytical latitude. The course features excellent examples of sports writing from writers such as Malcolm Gladwell, Grantland Rice, Buzz Bissinger, Taylor Branch, Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe, and Mark Fainaru-Wada, with greater emphasis given to stories on athletes and controversies over the past decade (the NFL concussion crisis, problems associated with the NCAA, racism in sports).

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
  • Credits
    4 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Journalism 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:
  • Basic Journalism
  • Feature Writing
  • News Reporting Across Platforms
  • Writing and Reporting about Race and Class
  • Advanced Narrative Nonfiction
  • Sports Journalism

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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    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
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  • National Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
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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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