Attend Summer School
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.
Before you register, please make note of the following restrictions:
- Students may enroll in no more than two classes which meet concurrently (see details on this page under Course Load and Time Status).
- Overall, students may take no more than 4 courses in one summer.
Your dean may require changes to your summer school schedule if it violates the restrictions above and/or is inconsistent with your academic program.
Non-Georgetown Summer School Policies
Prior to enrolling in summer courses at another school, you must submit the online Application for Non-Georgetown Summer School (new window). Do not pay for summer school until you hear back from our office that your courses have been approved. Non-Georgetown summer courses must be approved by the College Dean’s Office in order to be transferred to your degree.
Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the course. This deadline gives your dean or academic advisor 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 or advisor 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.
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 per summer. Students should pay close attention to the College’s policies, detailed below, for the transfer of non-Georgetown coursework and take care to only submit applications for courses that clearly adhere to these policies.
Students may enroll in no more than two classes which meet concurrently.
Overall, students may take no more than 4 courses in one summer.
Sessions shorter than three weeks will not be approved. Courses that overlap with Georgetown’s spring or fall semester are not permitted.
For classroom courses, credits are evaluated using classroom hours and session calendar. A 3-credit course must meet for a minimum of 36 hours over a minimum of three weeks.
Online and hybrid courses will be evaluated by students’ dean or academic counselor to ensure that the minimum standard of instructor/student/class contact is met. Self-paced courses or independent studies will not be approved. The course must meet for a minimum of three weeks, with fixed start and end dates.
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) will not be approved or transferred.
Students are generally expected to fulfill major, minor, certificate, and core requirements at Georgetown. No more than half of a core requirement may be transferred from outside Georgetown. All language credit at the learning level is subject to the results of a department-administered placement exam upon return.
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.
The McDonough School of Business (MSB) does not permit the transfer of Non-Georgetown business courses. College students who are pursuing minors in business administration may not take business courses away from Georgetown and apply them toward the minor. Overall, College students are limited to a maximum of six business courses toward their degrees.
Students must upload a syllabus (PDF format only) confirming that the course they are proposing contains the following:
- Significant learning goals.
- Appropriate assessments tied to those goals. (For courses in the humanities, appropriate assessments must be the creation of 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.)
- Evidence of assignments and activities that give students practice and meaningful feedback in meeting those goals. (For online courses, the course must require regular peer-to-peer interaction.)
Online courses may be synchronous or asynchronous. In either case, 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 solely around PowerPoint presentations, or other passive media, with minimal faculty-to-student and peer-to-peer interaction, will not be approved.
If the course syllabus doesn’t contain clear information on each of the three points above, students must contact the course professor and ask them to complete and submit this form, in which the professor will describe the details of their course so the College Dean’s Office may assess it: https://forms.gle/P15mMQXAyLzEhT939 (new window)
The syllabus must be current. That is, the syllabus must be for the online version of the course for Summer 2021 and must be prepared by the instructor of record.
If a Summer 2021 syllabus is not available, students may submit a Summer 2020 syllabus along with an email from the professor confirming that they will not make significant changes to the course design or content in Summer 2021. Syllabi for previous versions of the course that were taught in a fall or spring semester will not be accepted. By nature of the difference in length between semester terms and summer terms, it’s not possible to assess a fall or spring course that will be adapted for a summer term.
COVID-19 Moratorium on University-Sponsored Travel
The university has suspended ALL university-sponsored or related student travel until further notice. At this time the university has not yet made a decision on whether the travel moratorium will continue to remain in place for the summer. Students anticipating university-related or -sponsored international travel during the summer should wait to submit an application until a decision has been made regarding summer travel. Please review the COVID-19 University Travel Guidance (new window) for further information.
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 letter grade; no other grades, such as “pass” or “S” will be accepted for the transfer of credit. A letter 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.
If your host institution provides electronic delivery of official transcripts, please submit your transcript to the College Dean’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your host institution does not offer e-transcripts, you may request for it to be mailed to:
Georgetown College Dean’s Office
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.