Admission to the Program

SLP has an open admission, and anyone who is currently registered at a college or university is welcome to apply. There is a $50 application fee. Please note that non-HDS students will be charged full tuition, in addition to the application and program fees.

The SLP is unable to grant Student Visas/I-20s for international students.

For the summer 2017 session, applications will be accepted starting February 6, 2017. The application form and fee must be received in the Registrar's Office no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Note to HDS MDiv students enrolled in field education: Due to the demands of each program, students are not permitted to enroll in field education during the same summer they enroll in the SLP. Additionally, students are not permitted to audit a class in the SLP while registered for field education. (See the HDS Handbook for Students.)

Health insurance

As a Harvard Divinity School Summer Language Program student, you are required to have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents within the United States for the duration of the SLP (June 12 to August 3, 2017). If you will be enrolled in the fall as a student at HDS or at Harvard University, health insurance will be available to you through Harvard University Health Services as of August 1 of any given year.

Should you need to purchase health insurance for any length of time during the SLP, please consult these, or other websites for more information:

HDS Voices

Maytal Saltiel

I was a little worried that I might be the only Jewish student at HDS, but I was quickly welcomed into a pluralistic community of diverse intellectual and spiritual interests. The Jewish Student Association has served as a homebase for my spiritual growth, meeting for text study, conversations on controversial topics, and to celebrate together. This grounding has allowed me to explore other religious traditions and further inform my own spiritual practice.
—Maytal Saltiel, MDiv '12
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