Admissions Timeline

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  • Clarify your academic and career goals
  • Research potential outside sources of financial aid
  • Prepare and plan when to take the GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable)
  • Work on your Russian language skills
  • Contact the REECA office with any questions about the program or the application process

September

  • Seek and apply for outside funding sources
  • Draft your statement of purpose
  • Select a writing sample to include with your application
  • Consider a campus visit in October or early November

October

  • Seek and apply for outside funding sources (ongoing)
  • Consider a campus visit in October or early November

November

  • Seek and apply for outside funding sources
  • Consider a campus visit in early November
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Have transcripts and test scores sent to Harvard GSAS

December

  • If eligible, apply to Harvard for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for your first year of graduate school. Consider also applying for a Summer FLAS for intensive language study in the summer prior to matriculation.
  • By mid-December, take GRE general test (and TOEFL, if applicable) and have score reports sent to Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, school code 3451.
  • By the end of December (check GSAS website for exact date):
     
    • Submit application for admission
    • Submit application for Harvard financial aid
    • Submit application for Academic Year and/or Summer FLAS fellowships
       
      Note: supplementary application materials (test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) that arrive after the deadline will be forwarded to the review committee as they come in. Email reeca@fas.harvard.edu if you know that an item will be delayed.

January / February

  • Review of applications
  • Allocation of Harvard and Davis Center grants
  • Allocation of FLAS fellowships

March

  • Notification of admissions and financial aid decisions
  • Notification of FLAS fellowship nominations

April

  • GSAS and REECA orientations for admitted students
  • April 15: Reply Deadline for most US graduate schools; offers of admission to waitlisted candidates may be made after this date

May

  • Admitted students receive Harvard ID and PIN, set up Harvard email, and apply for GSAS housing, if desired
  • Incoming international students provide documentation for visa support

Summer

  • Intensive language study (if applicable)

Late August / Early September

  • REECA and GSAS Orientation
  • GSAS online check-in
  • Russian Language Placement Exam
  • Classes begin
  • First week of classes: Course selection
  • Registration (to enroll into specific courses)