Many students have found overseas study to be a highlight of their educational experience, and some of our students have shared their stories about traveling in East Asia on our undergraduate profiles page. EALC fully embraces Harvard's commitment to making it possible for students to spend time abroad, and we actively work to provide opportunities and, in many cases, financial support to study and/or hold summer internships in Asia. Students may apply for a summer, a semester, or a year of study overseas, and many of our students seek summer internships in Asia to broaden their knowledge of the region. The Office for International Education provides students with support to research and plan for their time abroad, and the Office of Career Services offers additional exciting ways to gain first-hand experience traveling internationally, while also providing funding for summer study abroad. Use the resources below to discover more about study abroad opportunities specific to East Asia. Students are advised to consult their Resident Dean, OCS and OIE advisers, the language programs, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the East Asian Studies program at the early stages of planning.
Credit Transfer Process
Undergraduate students should consult the Office for International Education's website for instructions on how to apply for credit for their coursework taken abroad. However, EALC has policies specific to our department. In order to receive credit for language courses taken abroad in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese, students must register for a placement test upon return. Students must place into a course level higher than the course taken abroad to receive language credit, regardless of how many hours of language coursework taken abroad. Additionally, transfer credit will not be given for first-year language study. However, students can still place out of the language requirement with a satisfactory placement score upon return. Please contact Carolyn Choong, language adviser for EALC, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification if necessary, and for her to sign your OIE paperwork.