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Cross-Registration

Explore courses at other Harvard and local Schools. Enrich your Harvard experience. Cross-register.

Students interested in cross-registering should first check with their Home School (School from which a student receives their degree) registrar for information on specific policies and procedures.

Academic calendars vary by School. It is the responsibility of the student to familiarize themselves with the Host School's (School offering the course you want to take) calendar, vacation periods, and last day to withdraw from a course without penalty.

The Course Catalog lists over 8,000 courses offered at Harvard University from over 100 departments from Accounting to Urban Studies.

Cross-registrants are responsible for adhering to the deadlines, requirements, and policies outlined on the General Policies and School Specific Policies pages. Questions about cross-registration may be sent to coursecatalog@harvard.edu.

Cross-registering for courses within Harvard.

Harvard Graduate Students

All Harvard graduate students who wish to cross-register for courses in other Harvard Schools will create and submit an online petition. If the course requires the signature of the instructor (as indicated in the course description), the instructor will receive an email alerting them that students are interested in cross-registering. Note that cross-registration petition requests are bundled and emailed to instructors once a day, in the early morning. If the instructor approves the online petition the Host School registrar will enroll the student based on availability. Students are not enrolled in a course until they receive email confirmation from the Host School registrar.

For more information, please see: How to use the online cross-registration system

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Harvard College Students

Harvard College students who wish to cross-register for courses in other Harvard Schools must create and submit an online petition. Once the petition is submitted, approval will be solicited from your Resident Dean, the course instructor, and the Host School registrar. Students are not enrolled in a course until they receive email confirmation from the Host School registrar. If you are interested in petitioning for concentration credit, view the instructions on the General Policies page.

For more information, please visit the Cross-Registration information page of the Registrar's website.

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Non-Harvard Students

Students from Brown University, Episcopal Divinity School, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Fletcher School at Tufts, and MIT can now register for courses online. To do so, students must first create a Harvard XID account.

Students wishing to cross-register into the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will need to submit an Online Non-Degree Student Application form. Access to this form, directions, and information about deadlines can be found at the Harvard Chan School website.

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Cross-registering for courses outside Harvard.

Harvard Graduate Students Cross-registering into MIT, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Fletcher School at Tufts, Episcopal Divinity School, or Brown University

Graduate students at Harvard University may cross-register into MIT and the Fletcher School at Tufts. Only GSAS students may cross-register into Brown University. Only Harvard Chan School students may cross-register into Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. Cross-registration into Episcopal Divinity School is open for most graduate students at Harvard, excluding HKS and Harvard Chan School. Questions should be addressed to your Home School registrar. Note: the process for cross-registering into non-Harvard Schools is not the same as the process for cross-registering into Harvard Schools. Please follow the instructions on the Non-Harvard Petition Form.

To cross-register into MIT, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Fletcher School at Tufts, Episcopal Divinity School, or Brown University, please print the Non-Harvard Petition Form.

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Harvard College Students

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors wishing to enroll in courses given by MIT (including the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology) can do so only by filing a paper petition for cross-registration. Cross-registration petitions can be obtained from the Allston Burr Resident Dean, the Freshman Dean’s Office or the FAS Registrar’s Office. The signatures of the instructor and the MIT registrar are required before the petition can be signed by the Allston Burr Resident Dean. If you are interested in petitioning for concentration credit, view the instructions on the General Policies page. Cross-registration petitions lacking the appropriate signatures or filled out incompletely will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit the Cross-Registration information page of the Registrar's website.

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Non-Harvard Course Catalogs

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How to use the online cross-registration system.

All Harvard graduate and undergraduate students and students from MIT, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Fletcher School at Tufts, Episcopal Divinity School, and Brown University may use the online cross-registration system.

  1. Research courses of interest using the Harvard University Course Catalog. Be sure to review schedules, meeting times, enrollment limits, and exam dates. Be certain the course is not cross-listed with your Home School. Students are discouraged from cross-registering for courses that cover subjects/courses available in their Home School.
  2. Confirm eligibility with your Home School.
  3. Create an online cross-registration petition form
  4. Submit an online cross-registration petition form

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To create an online cross-registration petition form:
  1. Search for courses of interest using the Harvard University Course Catalog
  2. On the search results page, select a course title to view the course details.
  3. To add a course to your cross-registration petition form, on the course details page, under Cross-registration:
    1. If ‘login with your HUID and PIN’ link is displayed, select it and login with your HUID (Harvard students) or XID (non-Harvard students). Non-Harvard students should be sure to select the XID radio button on the login page.
    2. Click the add to cross-registration petition list check box.

Note: You may add multiple courses to your cross-registration petition form.

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To submit an online cross-registration petition form:
  1. Login to the Harvard University Course Catalog with your HUID (Harvard students) or XID (non-Harvard students). Non-Harvard students should be sure to select the XID radio button on the login page.
  2. Select My Cross-Registration List from the home page or any search results or course details page.
  3. On the cross-registration petition list:
    1. Select a grading option from the drop-down menu if prompted.
    2. Select a level from the drop-down menu if prompted.
    3. Click Submit Online Petition.
    4. Enter your Home School from drop-down menu if prompted.
    5. Enter your Program/Department from drop-down menu if prompted.
    6. Enter your Degree Year from drop-down menu if prompted.
    7. Click Confirm in the pop-up.
  4. Please speak to the instructor about your interest in cross-registering.
  5. Instructors will receive an email alerting them that you are interested in cross-registering for their course. Instructors approve or deny student requests online.
  6. Students are not enrolled in the course until they receive email notification from the Host School registrar.
  7. Students enrolled in a course can drop the course by following the current add/drop procedures at their Home School.

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