Study Abroad

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  • Tay Ninh, Vietnam

    Image credit: Judy Yang '17

  • Two lines of men in traditional Korean dress stand in a dirt courtyard leading toward a large gate

    Seoul, South Korea

    Image credit: Emma Toh '20

  • From behind, Jessica Ding sits on a rocky hillside, looking out at a range of mountains

    Huangshan Mountain, Anhui Province, China

    Image credit: Jessica Ding '20

  • Mt. Moiwa, Sapporo, Japan

    Image credit: Amanda Yang '20

  • Busan, South Korea

    Image credit: Chace Shaw '17

  • Intricate wooden ceiling in the shape of an eight-spoke Dharma wheel, painted bright blue, green, red, and white

    Beijing, China

    Image credit: Kalos Chu '22

  • Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan

    Image credit: Amanda Yang '20

  • Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

    Image credit: Seniha Ipekci '15

  • Singapore

    Image credit: Adeline Choo '20

  • Gyeongbok Palace

    Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, South Korea

    Image credit: Amanda Yang '20


Many students have found overseas study to be a highlight of their educational experience. EAS 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 of International Education for instructions on how to apply for transfer 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 transfer credit, regardless of how many hours of language coursework taken abroad. Additionally, citation 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 the language program coordinator for further clarification if necessary, and to get your OIE paperwork signed.