Whoever you are, wherever you are from,

Harvard welcomes you.

Harvard’s global work is the result of a simple strategy for engagement with the world: attract talented students, faculty, and researchers from everywhere, empower them to pursue their academic goals wherever they lead, and support that work energetically.
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Harvard offers instruction
in over
100 languages

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Over 29.6 million
cumulative learners
have enrolled in
Harvard Online courses
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Harvard hosts over
4,000 international
, more
than any other
university in the
United States

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50+ international
research centers

and programs can
be found on campus

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More than
70,000 alumni,
nearly 20%
of all graduates
live outside the
United States

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Top 5 countries of origin of international students:
China 20.3%
Canada 11.2%
India 9%
United Kingdom 4.0%
South Korea 3.5%

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Countering Silence in Afro-Mexican Studies

Harvard’s Afro-Latin American Research Institute, within The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, aims to stimulate and sponsor scholarship on the Afro-Latin American experience. Under the leadership of Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History, the institute is undertaking a bold new three-year initiative in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). Afroméxico: Countering Silence and Invisibility seeks to strengthen the field of Afro-Mexican studies, inspire new research and collaboration, and promote the dissemination of key findings to strengthen public policy aimed at redressing past wrongs and providing greater support to Mexico’s populations of African descent. With support from the Mexico Innovation Fund (DRCLAS) and the Ford Foundation, its first workshop in April 2022 at the INAH brought together scholars from across Mexico, the U.S., and beyond to discuss, reflect, and plan for tools to support educators, researchers, activists, and public officials.

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COVID-19 Research in Botswana

The Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership was established in Botswana in 1996 as a unique collaboration between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Botswana Ministry of Health. It has since grown into one of Africa’s leading scientific institutions, supporting research and training in virology and clinical trials addressing issues of major public health importance in southern Africa, including HIV, pregnancy outcomes, child health and neurodevelopment, cancers, and more recently, the impact of climate change on health outcomes. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the laboratory pivoted to PCR testing and genome sequencing of COVID-19 samples, soon performing all variant testing and over a third of all COVID PCR testing in the country. Led by director Sikhulile Moyo, this laboratory was among the first to identify the highly transmissible COVID strain later dubbed Omicron, as well as the more recent BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants; Moyo was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Supporting Scholarship in Ukraine

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) is the leading U.S. academic institution dedicated to supporting scholarship and disseminating knowledge on Ukraine and its neighboring countries. With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, HURI staff worked quickly to set up community events with experts on the ground and explore opportunities to aid affected scholars. In conjunction with the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria (IWM), HURI offered support to Ukrainian scholars, cultural figures, and public intellectuals in the EU through nonresidential fellowships. Intended to promote intellectual solidarity, the documentation of Russian aggression and Ukrainian experiences of war, and exploration of the Ukrainian cultural experience, this funding has helped scholars in Ukraine continue their work at a time when it is most urgently needed.

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Exploring Global Governance and Peace in Korea

The Korea Institute is celebrating its 40th anniversary with three new academic initiatives focused on Korea’s global presence and impact. One of these, Global Governance and Peace: Korean Political Economy and International Relations, builds on a growing base of faculty and students whose work connects to North and South Korean politics, economy, and international relations. In fall 2022, Katharine Moon, Kim Koo Visiting Professor in Harvard’s Department of Government, will teach a course on the “Politics of Nationalisms in the Two Koreas.” The Institute’s Harvard Summer School in Seoul, Korea program immerses students in an eight-week program on North Korea, including class visits to the DMZ and other sites. KI has also partnered with the Belfer Center’s Korea Project to examine the most difficult challenges facing the Korean peninsula today in a global context.

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Harvard faculty, students, and researchers drive our global activity. Working through schools, centers, and a growing network of regional offices, and collaborating with peers across the University and around the world, Harvard is advancing the frontiers of knowledge in service to humanity:

One Harvard, One World.

International Students at Harvard

Harvard’s student body has more international students each year, both as a group and as a percentage of total enrollments.

Harvard Research: Publications with International Co-authors

As research around the globe becomes more international, our faculty are leading the way, collaborating with international colleagues at an ever-increasing rate.

Photo credits for One Harvard One World photography: Andrew Zhang, Wong Justin Yuk Cheong, Kiana Rawji, Aranza Caballero.

Photo credits for spotlight photography: Marko Beljan, REACH Initiative, Willy Lensch, Cristian Rodriguez Chilffelle.

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) promotes, oversees, and advances Harvard’s global engagement. The mission of the OVPIA is to support and encourage the work of Harvard students and faculty, bringing Harvard to the world and the world to Harvard.