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Summer Registration

Summer registration works somewhat differently from Fall and Spring registration. Below you will find important information about summer registration dates and deadlines as well as other useful information about summer sessions.

Do I have to register for Summer?

When can/do I register for Summer?

Can I get financial aid for Summer?

Summer Session Information

Summer Add/Drop

Registration Codes

Distance Learning

Summer Study Abroad

For International Students

Do I have to register for Summer?

No. American University does not require students to have active student status during a summer semester the way that it does for Fall and Spring. You are welcome to pursue study during the summer if you wish, but you are not required to do so.

When can/do I register for Summer?

Summer registration for continuing students starts in late March/early April. For Summer 2010 registration for current graduate students will open March 29. You can register for Summer the same way you do for Fall or Spring classes using my.american.edu. The same rules apply regarding what can and cannot be registered online. The biggest difference is that the drop dates are very different for Summer than they are for Fall or Spring.

Can I get financial aid for Summer?

Yes, you can get additional financial aid (student loans) for a Summer semester. You must be registered for at least 6 credits or have a full-time certification in order to receive student loan aid for a summer semester.

Summer Session Information

American University offers two summer sessions. In the first session, courses run for six or seven weeks, usually mid-May (starting right after Commencement) through late June. In the second session, courses run for six weeks, usually from late June or early July to early August.

Unless a course specifically indicates otherwise, all summer session courses meet twice per week. For seven-week sessions, courses meet for 150 minutes per session (e.g. a course might meet Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-8:00 pm). For six-week sessions, class meetings are usually 190 minutes (e.g. a course might meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-8:40 pm). Actual course times will always be posted on the Schedule of Classes.

In addition to these two sessions, SIS runs a number of special institutes that meet in specified periods as well as several study abroad offerings. You can get more details about SIS Summer institutes and study abroad on the SIS Summer website.

Summer Add/Drop

Add/Drop dates for summer vary, depending on when a course is taking place. Unlike a Fall/or Spring, Add/Drop for a course meeting during a standard summers session is only ONE week (instead of the two during Fall/Spring) because the course meets twice as often.

For example, for a course that met in the first 7-week evening Summer 2008 session, the Add/Drop period was May 12-16.

Courses with non-standard meeting times (N-sections as per the table below) can be registered online like any other course and students can add or drop them until they meet. However, the online Add/Drop period for N-section courses is the same as that for A-section courses (for Summer 2008, this was May 12-16). After that, if you wish to add or drop an N-section course that has not yet met, you cannot do so online. In order to have an N-section course added or dropped after that date, you'll need to e-mail your academic advisor. Your advisor will then process the request for you.

Registration Codes

Every summer course has a letter as part of the course section number. The letter is linked to the session (or non-session) in which the course takes place. The most common examples SIS students see are:

Letter
Session 2008 Summer Dates
A
First 7-week evening summer session
May 12- June 26
B
First 6-week evening summer session
May 19-June 26
C
First 6-week afternoon summer session
May 19-June 26
H
Second 6-week evening summer session
June 30- August 7
I
Independent work (internship, SRP, etc.)
N/A
N
Non-standard (not linked to any particular session
varies by course

Distance Learning

American University also offers several distance learning (aka online) courses during the summer semester. These can be attempted from anywhere in the world and are usually offered at a reduced tuition rate (for Summer 2007, the tuition for a 3 credit distance learning class was $2200-compared with $3144 for a standard course).

You can get more information on distance learning offerings on the Schedule of Classes (there is a Distance Learning "department") and/or on the Distance Education site.

Summer Study Abroad

SIS offers a number of summer abroad trips to a variety of destinations. You can get information about SIS Summer Abroad trips on the SIS Summer website.

For International Students

International students do not need to maintain full-time student status during the summer semester as long as the summer is not their first term. An international student who wants to start his/her program in the Summer MUST be registered for 9 credits during the summer semester.

International students leaving the US to pursue internships or other kinds of research should check in with International Student and Scholar Services prior to departure to confirm that their immigration materials are in order.

 

Last updated 23 December 2009