Summer FAQs

Visit the CCAS Summer Sessions 2018 page, the Registrar’s Summer Sessions 2018 page and the Summer FAQs page for more detailed information about Summer Sessions 2018.

Registration

When does summer registration open?

The Summer 2018 schedule is currently available online. Students can begin registering through GWeb on March 1, 2018. Courses may be canceled if they don’t meet the minimum student enrollment requirement. Please register for a summer course once you decide there is a high probability that you will take it this summer. You will need to drop the course before the Summer Session begins to avoid any tuition charges.

How do I register for summer courses at GW?

Registration is the same for summer as it is for during the Fall or Spring semesters. It doesn’t matter how many earned credits you have, summer registration opens on March 1. You can register via Banweb, RTF, or RTF-EZ (see Classes Unavailable in GWeb). If you have holds on your account, you must resolve them before you can register.

How many credits can I register for?

Students should register for no more than 12 credit hours during the summer (i.e., 2 courses per summer session). Summer courses are condensed; they cover the same amount of content as their Fall or Spring counterparts, but in half the time. When registering for a summer course, students should pay close attention to the start and end dates to determine which session it is in (Session I: May 21 - June 30 and Session II: July 2 - August 11 )

I want to take classes here in D.C. (or elsewhere) during the summer, but not through GW. What are my options?

Step #1: Once you identify the course(s) that you want to take, please complete the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Approval Form with the appropriate academic department. For example, if you want to take a math class, you'll take the form, along with a course description and/or syllabus for the math class to the GW Math Department. If the department approves the course, the dept. representative will write the GW equivalent course on the form and sign it.  

Step #2: Turn in the completed and signed Undergraduate Transfer Credit Approval Form to the CCAS Advising office (Phillips Hall, Suite 107).  We will review and sign-off on the form, save a copy for your file, and send it along to the Registrar's Office for processing. We will then e-mail you letting you know whether or not your Transfer Credit Petition was approved.

Step #3: After you’ve completed the course and your grade has posted (Courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C- must be earned in order to transfer credit), have your summer school send a transcript to GW:

Office of the Registrar
Colonial Central,
Marvin Center Ground Floor
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

OR [email protected]

Some things to remember: In order for a course to count towards your General Education/GPAC requirements, it must be taken at GW. Additionally, you may only transfer up to 9 post-matriculation credits or three courses during your time at GW. Although you must earn a C- (or better) for the course to transfer back, the grade that you earn in the course does not transfer back to GW and is not figured into your GW GPA . We strongly encourage you to get your transfer credit approved by following the aforementioned steps before taking summer coursework elsewhere to make sure you're transferring credits back as you intended.Students should register for no more than 12 credit hours during the summer (i.e., 2 courses per summer session). Summer courses are condensed; they cover the same amount of content as their Fall or Spring counterparts, but in half the time. When registering for a summer course, students should pay close attention to the start and end dates to determine which session it is in (Session I: May 21 - June 30 and Session II: July 2 - August 11 )

Can I take 2 WIDs during the different summer sessions and have them both count?

The standing policy is that Summer Sessions I and II are considered a single semester. Therefore, a student in this situation would need to apply for an exemption request through The University Writing Program (UWP).

Can I concurrently take courses at GW and a different institution over the summer?

Yes, and you do not need special permission from your home school to do so.

Cost and Funding

What financial aid is available during the summer?

Most financial aid is not available during the summer. You should check in with a student financial assistance representative to see what may be available to you. You can visit them at Colonial Central (in the basement of Marvin Center) or call 202-994-6620.

What scholarships are available during the summer?

Institutional scholarships like the Presidential Scholarship or the Board of Trustees Scholarship are only for the Fall and Spring semesters. There are two application-based scholarships available in the summer:

Am I charged a flat-rate tuition like during the year?

You are charged per-credit-hour in the summer. The approximate cost is $1,520/per-credit-hour.

Is there housing available through GW for the summer semester?

Yes, you can find more information about this on the summer housing website.

Drops, Withdrawals, and Refunds

What are the drop deadlines for summer courses?

To drop a summer course without any kind of charge, you need to drop the course prior to the start of the summer session. If you are taking a Summer Session I course, you must drop it by Sunday, May 20th for a full refund. If you are taking a Summer Session II course, you must drop it by Sunday, July 1 for a full refund. Information about refunds and the drop schedule can be found on the registrar website. Courses cannot be dropped after the first two weeks of the session.

What is the withdrawal deadline for summer courses?

You can withdraw after the 2nd week of the summer session and before the end of the 4th week of the summer session. If you would like to apply for a late withdraw after the 4th week of the summer session follow the procedure for the late withdraw process.

Special Student Populations

Are there specific summer policies for international students?

International students and domestic students have the same policies for summer courses taken at GW. An international student can take GW courses on-campus or online during the summer. He or she can also take transfer credits over the summer without making changes to his or her I-20. International students do not need to register for a minimum number of credits like during the Fall and Spring semesters.

What if I am an international student planning on taking courses at a school in my home country?

You can transfer summer courses taken in your home country back to GW. Once you know what school you want to take courses at, you should check-in with the Office for Study Abroad for their approval. Additionally, please remember that all transfer credit policies apply (e.g., courses cannot count towards your GPAC/general education requirements, a maximum of 3 courses or 9 credits can transfer back, etc.)

What if I am using G.I. Bill benefits and want to take courses in the summer?

To utilize most G.I. Bill benefits, you must be enrolled in full-time academic credits. In the summer, this means registering for 12 credit hours. You should contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services before taking courses this summer.

Special Courses

What institutes are available this summer? Why might I take them?

The following institutes will be available during Summer 2018:

  1. Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
  2. Health Promotion in Underserved Communities
  3. Historical Archaeology Field Institute

The first two institutes listed above are meant for Psychology majors. They can help students fulfill a lot of their major requirements at once, and there is a tuition discount for the 13 credits that you can earn. However, there are some prerequisites (PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101) and potentially eligibility considerations.

The Historical Archaeology Field Institute is a great experience for students who want to pursue Archaeology (graduate or undergraduate). It is a 10-day commitment and students earn 3 credits for one AMST/ANTH course.

 

What are short-term study abroad courses?

Short-term study abroad courses are GW courses that provide a short-term abroad component to their coursework -- typically in the range of a few weeks. These are courses taught by GW faculty and you earn credit for the course just as you would if it were held entirely at GW (that means it can count for general education requirements (if an approved course), residency requirements, and will count towards your GPA). The list of short-term study abroad courses is available on the study abroad website.

 

Is there any difference between taking a course online or on campus?

There is not a difference in content or the amount of work -- there may be differences in how you submit your work and what kind of assignments you are given. The course appears the same on your transcript regardless of teaching type (i.e. online or in-person).

An important thing to consider for some online courses, particularly in Math or Statistics, is if the course requires a proctor. If the course requires a proctor for exams, that means you would need to find a proctor to oversee your examination(s). If that isn’t something that you have available to you, you should explore other options -- you can work with your CCAS advisor to review all potential options.

 

What if I do a study abroad program in the summer that isn’t through GW?

Please visit the Non-GW Summer Abroad webpage. You won’t be charged GW tuition or fees for a Non-GW program so you should work directly with your study abroad organization to decipher and manage payment. Since the credits that you will be earning are not being earned through GW, all transfer credit policies apply (e.g., courses cannot count towards your GPAC/general education requirements, a maximum of 3 courses or 9 credits can transfer back, etc.). The completed Undergraduate Transfer Credit Approval Form should be submitted to Phillips Hall, Suite 107.

 

Summer graduation

If I am graduating in the Summer but want to “walk” in the spring commencement ceremony, what should I do?

As long as you have 9 credits or fewer remaining to complete your degree, you can walk in the spring ceremony. Once you have registered for your final summer courses (or “Continuous Enrollment” if you are transferring credits back or completing an Incomplete), you can apply to graduate via GWeb. Summer registration opens March 1st, and you need to apply to graduate by March 15th to ensure that your name is in the Celebration program. If you already applied for Spring graduation, your name will appear in the program but you must apply for summer graduation by July 1st. GWeb will allow you to reapply for summer graduation after the spring semester ends and your spring application is closed out by advising. If you applied for spring but will be graduating in the summer, please contact your CCAS advisor as soon as possible.

If I finish all my coursework in Summer Session I, when do I get my degree?

All summer degrees are conferred on August 31st, regardless of whether your coursework was finished in the first summer session or the second. If you are transferring credit back to complete your degree, please try to send your transfer credit transcript as soon as possible so GW can update your record accordingly.