Georgetown Summer School
For summer school courses at Georgetown University, please see the Georgetown Summer School website. If you enroll in summer school at Georgetown, the credits will automatically appear on your MyDegree audit.
Non-Georgetown Summer School Policies
Prior to enrolling in summer courses at another school, read and complete the online application for non-Georgetown summer school. Do not pay for summer school until you hear back from our office that your courses have been approved.
Please note that the application will time out if left idle. Make sure you’ve obtained the information you need to complete the application, including pdf files of department approval and/or course syllabi (if applicable) before beginning your application.
Applications for online courses must be submitted at least one month in advance of the start of the course to allow time for the Online Course Committee to review the application and gather additional information about the course from the student, as needed.
Applications for traditional classroom courses should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the course. This deadline gives your dean the time to review your application carefully, requesting additional course information and/or discussing with you how the course fits into your academic program (if applicable). Your dean reserves the right to deny any application that is submitted less than two weeks before the start of the course.
No application may be submitted later than July 15, 2018.
A maximum of four non-Georgetown summer courses may be transferred to the Georgetown record. Transfer students may not transfer more than 60 credits total to the Georgetown degree.
Students may submit no more than four applications for online courses per summer. Students should pay close attention to the College’s online course policies (detailed below) and take care to only submit applications for online courses that clearly adhere to these policies.
College students are limited to a maximum of six business courses toward their degrees.
For classroom courses, credits are evaluated using classroom hours and session calendar. A 3-credit course must meet for a minimum of 36 hours. Sessions shorter than three weeks will not be approved.
Online courses are evaluated by committee to ensure that the minimum standard of instructor/student/class contact is met. Please refer to the Online Course Policies below for complete details.
Though proposed courses do not need exact Georgetown matches to be approved, we do limit our approvals to courses and areas of study contributing to the aims and spirit of a Georgetown liberal arts education. Courses offering non-academic training (paralegal studies, EMT, word processing, etc.) and that prepare students for college work (pre-calculus, expository writing, grammar) are not transferred.
Students are generally expected to fulfill all major, minor, certificate, and core requirements at Georgetown. In no case may more than half of a core requirement be transferred from outside Georgetown.
Department approval is required for major, minor, and certificate courses completed away from Georgetown. You will need to obtain approval from a faculty member in your major, minor, or certificate department in the form of an email. The email will then need to be saved as a PDF file and uploaded to the application.
All language credit at the learning level is subject to the results of a department-administered placement exam upon return.
ONLINE COURSE POLICIES
For online courses, students will be asked to upload a syllabus (PDF format only) to their application that confirms the following criteria are met. The syllabus must be current. That is, the syllabus must be for the online version of the course for summer 2018 and prepared by the instructor of record.
The structure of the online course should approximate 36 contact hours by alternate means. This means that the course uses technology to create an online classroom that is as rich in content and faculty/student interaction as a traditional classroom. The course content must be delivered in a dynamic format (ex: collaborative assignments, virtual office hours, facilitated discussion, etc.) from the instructor to the students. Courses structured around PowerPoint presentations, or other passive media, with minimal faculty-to-student and peer-to-peer interaction, will not be approved.
- The course must meet for a minimum of three weeks, with fixed start and end dates. Self-paced courses or independent studies will not be approved.
- The course must require peer-to-peer interaction.
- The instructor must provide students with regular feedback.
- The syllabus should provide evidence of intermediate deadlines throughout the term.
- The institution should provide evidence of identity verification if not mentioned on the syllabus.
- Courses in the humanities must require that you produce significant and substantive work, mostly likely in formal writing. Whatever the form, the amount of work required of you must be enough to demonstrate investment, engagement, and opportunity for thorough and learned assessment.
International Travel and Safety
Students who plan to complete courses at universities located outside the U.S. and transfer the earned credit back to their Georgetown degree must follow Georgetown's International Travel Policy.
The policy requires all GU undergraduate students to submit their university-related international travel plans for a review of local and regional safety and security concerns. Safety and security approval is required in addition to academic approval in order for credit to transfer.
Note: You should allow at least four weeks prior to your departure for the safety and security review process.
All undergraduate students must have their travel plans authorized by the Travel Committee. As part of the travel authorization process, students will be expected to confirm health insurance coverage, sign an Assumption of Risk form, and submit a safety plan. All travelers are strongly encouraged to enroll in the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
The policy and all related forms are available on the Office of Global Services website.
Transcripts, Grades, and Credits
To be eligible for transfer, coursework must be at an accredited college or university, accepted towards an undergraduate degree at that institution, and represented on that institution’s transcript.
All courses must be taken for a grade. A grade of C or higher from the host institution is required for the course to be transferred to your Georgetown degree. However, the grades for courses taken away from Georgetown will not appear on the Georgetown transcript and are not computed in your Georgetown GPA.
After completing the course, students must ask the summer college or university to send an official transcript to Georgetown.
All official summer transcripts should be sent to:
Georgetown College, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1003
Please note that these guidelines may apply only to College students. Students in the McDonough School of Business, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the School of Nursing & Health Studies should check with their respective dean’s offices for their policies.