Travel and Visas




We have put together some helpful information about travelling to your OSC Course. Before booking flights, trains, buses etc, check your arrival and departure times. All prices given below are subject to change – see providers' websites for latest rates.


Destination address: Perkins Hall, 35 Oxford St, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138


We recommend that all students take advice from the US Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required  to enter the US.


Important visa information

If you do need a visa to enter US, you should complete the relevant visitor visa application form according to Embassy advice. More information is available at the US Department of State website.

We are happy to provide a letter support of your visa application. However, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many Embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of USD $150. Please note the visa application must have been made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of the application date and the refusal is required before fees are refunded. Please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.

Visa Waiver Programme

Nationals of a number of countries, including the UK and Ireland, are part of the USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) and their citizens do not need visas to enter the US – view a list of participating countries here.

You must apply for ESTA approval before you travel to gain permission to enter the USA, in addition to being eligible for the Visa Waiver Programme. To find out more and to apply, click here.

It is the responsibility of the passenger to complete their ESTA document at least 72 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so may lead to passengers being denied boarding.

As of April 1, 2016, you must have an e-passport to enter the US with ESTA approval. An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. You can readily identify an e-Passport, because it has a unique international symbol on the cover (this symbol looks like an image of a camera).

The fee for an ESTA is $14.

ESTA approval is valid for two years, so if you were previously approved for an ESTA, you should check the date of issue. To check if a previous ESTA approval is still valid, see the ESTA website.

Travel insurance

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home – it is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.

For information on our policies concerning cancellations and visa refusals please see our Cancellation Policy.






  • Registration will take place between 12:00 and 17:00 at Harvard University – you must arrive by 17:00 at the latest on Saturday 29th June.
  • The course begins on Sunday 30th July with an orientation programme, and classes start on Monday 1st July.
  • If you need to arrive on Friday 28th June, please let us know on your application form – an extra night's accommodation incurs an additional charge.


  • You will be free to leave lunchtime on Friday 19th July.
  • If you would like to stay the night of Friday 19th July, please let us know on your application form – an extra night's accommodation will incur an additional charge.






By air

  • Boston is easy to reach by air – the major gateway is Logan International Airport.
  • Your flight to Boston should arrive by 14:30 local time on registration day – this will give you enough time to clear immigration and collect your luggage before travelling to Harvard to register with us.
  • See our Dates page for more information on the Pre IB Summer School Course schedule.

Consent to travel letters

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 

  • where you will be travelling to 

  • where you will be staying  

  • parental consent to travel alone.






By taxi

A taxi service operates outside every Terminal at Logan Airport – this will get you to Harvard in 20-30 minutes and will cost around $40-50.

All international flights arrive at Terminal E – the taxi stand is very easy to find, immediately outside the arrivals hall - see map below.

By airport pick-up

Carey can provide airport pick-up and meet and greet services from Logan to Harvard.

They offer the following rates and services to OSC students:

  • Airport pick-up outside terminal, executive sedan: $97
  • Meet & greet service - driver meets you inside the terminal: $156

Visit the Carey website to make a reservation.

By public transport

To get to Perkins Hall from Logan airport:

  • Take the Silver Line Bus from outside the airport to South Station
  • At South Station, take the ‘T’ (Boston’s Metro) – get on the red line, outbound towards Alewife
  • Get off at Harvard Square Station (6 stops) – Perkins Hall is a 10-minute walk from here