Fully funded 4-day program by Harvard University in Dubai

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The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) Crossroads Summer Program is a fully-funded introduction to Harvard and American University culture for students from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa, who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017, and the program will run from August 11-14, 2017 at the DIFC Academy of the Dubai International Financial Centre (Dubai, UAE).

Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth. This program is a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Dubai International Financial Centre with the support of Air Arabia, the Carlton HotelDubai Future Accelerators, and Emirates Grand Hotel.

Program details

  • Class size: up to 60 students
  • Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
  • Cost: FREE (The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates.)
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Applications are open now—early submissions are encouraged.
  • Questions: Write to sainit@fas.harvard.edu (Subject line: SAI Crossroads Summer Program)


  • Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
  • Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.

Key Dates:

Application deadline—July 1, 2017
Skype interviews with finalists—week of July 10, 2017
Notice of acceptance to candidates—July 20, 2017
Program dates—August 11-14, 2017


  • Holder of a valid passport from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka or from countries in the Middle East and Africa.
  • The first member of a family to attend college
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate in a college OR a recent graduate from a college (within three years)
  • Fluency in English

Frequently asked questions

  • Will the program fund my travel and living expenses in Dubai?—Yes
  • Will SAI help me obtain a visa for my travel?—SAI will supply relevant letters and documentation, but the cost of the visa will be borne by the applicant.
  • Can I apply if I am already in a postgraduate program?—Yes, SAI accepts students 18-22 years old, who are enrolled in a higher education program. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates or recent graduates of college, graduating within the past 3 years.
  • Do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply to the program?— Shortlisted candidates will need to demonstrate fluency in English during a Skype interview and through their written submissions.
  • Will the program provide support for a subsequent graduate school application process?—No

For more information & to apply, visit: http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/sai-crossroads-summer-program/

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