Unleash your curiosity during Wintersession and try something new! Wintersession programs provide an easy way to find your next hobby or build a professional skill.


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Wintersession, the last week of Winter Recess, is typically a time when students return to campus early to participate in programs that encourage personal reflection, intellectual curiosity, social interaction, and wellness.

The Office of Student Engagement partners with Harvard College Recognized Student Organizations to offer engaging programs to undergraduate students during Wintersession. Student Organizations can apply for funding and submit their programs to be included in the Calendar of Wintersession programs using the Wintersession Program Submission Form.

Wintersession runs January 14 - 23, 2022.

Wintersession programs are:

  • Held in person or virtually 
  • Optional
  • Not offered for credit
  • Mostly free of charge (a few include small fees)

Please note that the Office of Student Engagement only oversees and provides funding for Wintersession programs hosted by Undergraduate Student Organizations. Many offices and departments across the Harvard community offer a variety of programs throughout Wintersession. Their programs will also be listed on the Wintersession Calendar, once available.  

If you have questions about specific programs not overseen by our office, please contact the program organizer or hosting office directly.

Questions? View frequently asked questions about Wintersession

Wintersession 2021

Wintersession Resources

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Harvard College App

Download the Harvard College app (iOS | Android) for the latest Wintersession information.

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Dining Information

During Wintersession you may dine in any open House. Visit the HUDS website to see opening and closing information.



View hours and available locations on the Harvard Recreation calendar.


Shuttle Services

View shuttle schedules for Wintersession.

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Students planning to return to campus during any portion of Winter Recess before Wintersession begins, must apply for Winter Recess housing. If you will be on campus for Wintersession only, then you do not need to apply for Winter Recess Housing.

About Winter Recess Housing