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General Information

Career Discovery is open to anyone graduating high school in 2014 or older with an interest in design or planning. A high level of academic skill is necessary to take full advantage of our program.

Program dates:
June 9 - July 18, 2014

The online application deadlines are as follows:
For international applicants: on or before April 1, 2014
For all other applicants: on or before April 30, 2014

We encourage you to submit your application early as applications are reviewed and accepted in the order that they are received.

Certification and Academic Credit

Each successful Career Discovery participant receives a certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a written evaluation from his or her instructor. Although the GSD cannot offer undergraduate academic credit for Career Discovery, some colleges and universities will award academic credit for a student’s participation in our program.

International Students

All international applications must be received by April 1, 2014. International applications received after April 1 will not be considered.

International students are required to enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa and must certify program fees and living expenses before  visa document can be issued. Please consult the American Embassy in your home country immediately upon acceptance into Career Discovery in order to begin the visa process.

If you are currently studying in the U.S. and will not be graduating this year, you do not need to apply for a new visa from Harvard; you may attend on your current F1 visa. You must, however, ask your school's international office for approval to attend our program.

If you are studying in the U.S. and will be graduating in Spring 2014, you may want to consider transfering your student visa to Harvard. You may download the transfer form at:

Please be sure to attach the photocopies of your immigration documents (forms I-20, DS-2019 or I-797, I-94 card, visa stamp) with your school's letter and/or visa transfer form.

International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students are expected to receive a minimum total score of 104 on the TOEFL iBT, with individual section scores of 26 or above. If TOEFL iBT is not available, you must take the paper-based TOEFL. Applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL and a minimum of 60 on each of the three sections.

When requesting that scores be sent to Harvard University, use the institution code for the Graduate School of Design (3455).

Please visit the Educational Testing Service website for additional information about the TOEFL, and please contact the Career Discovery office if you have any questions.


We encourage participants to use Career Discovery housing in the nearby Harvard Law School dormitories or arrange to live near the University. Dormitory housing is supervised by student proctors; the cost of a single room is $1,250*. Students using Harvard housing are asked to move in one day before the program begins and move out one day after the program ends. Upon your acceptance to the ­program, you will be given the option to select housing.

Please note: Dormitory space is limited and will be issued in the order that applications are received. When dorm space is not available, students will be responsible for obtaining off-campus accommodations. Refunds will not be given to a participant who chooses to withdraw from the housing option after June 6, 2014.

Immunization Regulations

All Career Discovery participants must comply with Massachusetts and University regulations requiring proof of immunization against certain communicable diseases. Participants must submit a completed Career Discovery Immunization Form signed by their healthcare provider to the Career Discovery Manager by May 23. Forms will be made available after admittance.


We discourage commuting because of the ­intensity of the program. If you must commute, we recommend public transportation because parking in Cambridge is notoriously difficult. A few permits for on campus parking are ­available for purchase; for information see

Campus Security

The Harvard University Police Department ­publishes an annual security booklet entitled Playing It Safe, which describes Harvard’s security policies, provides campus crime statistics, and outlines some of the counseling programs offered by the University. You may obtain a copy of the booklet at

Nondiscrimination Policy

In accordance with Harvard University policy, the Graduate School of Design does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ­ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or handicap in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy, please contact the Dean of Students,Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-495-4323. In addition, inquiries regarding the application of nondiscrimination policies on race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap may be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, J.W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, Room 222, Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-4557.

* All fees are subject to change. 

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