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Summer Classes and Programs

Updated 6/16/2020

1. Has Northwestern made a decision about Summer 2020 programs and activities?

On April 23, the University announced that all in-person summer programs and activities for Northwestern students and faculty, visiting students and community members, scheduled to begin before July 13, 2020, would be offered remotely. This includes University-sponsored off-campus activities for Northwestern students. On May 22, the University extended its restriction on in-person summer programs and activities to include all Summer programming for undergraduates starting on or after July 13. Final decisions about academic-related activities that start in August or September, including orientation events and the start of classes for some graduate programs, will be made in conjunction with decisions about Fall planning.

Information about the status of specific programs is managed by individual programs and may be found on program websites. Programs for pre-college populations that include minors may not offer in-person programming at any point before September 13, 2020. (Updated 5/29/20)

2. Will students be allowed to return to campus for Summer 2020 classes?

Most students should not expect to return to campus for Summer 2020 classes because the University announced that all Summer classes that were scheduled to begin before July 13, 2020, would be offered remotely and that undergraduate classes would be delivered remotely for the entirety of the summer. Final decisions about academic-related activities that start in August or September, including the start of classes for some graduate programs, will be made in conjunction with decisions about Fall planning.

Academic programs requiring significant in-person clinical instruction related to external accreditation and licensure may be granted exceptions to this remote delivery policy. Research, clinical operations and work deemed essential under the state stay at home order also will be considered exceptions. (Updated 5/29/20)

3. Are there any exceptions to Northwestern’s Summer 2020 policy?

Although all undergraduate classes will be remote for the entirety of Summer, there may be exceptions for graduate academic programs requiring significant in-person clinical instruction related to external accreditation and licensure, if the in-person work can be executed in adherence with University policy and guidance from government and public health officials. Students wondering if the exception applies to their academic program should contact their programs for more information. School and program-level leaders with questions about exceptions should contact Andrea Bueschel, Associate Provost for Strategy and Policy. (Updated 4/29/2020)

4. I’m a Northwestern student. When can I register for Summer 2020 classes?

Summer Session Registration for Northwestern students began on May 18, 2020, for graduate students, School of Professional Studies (SPS), and Evanston undergraduates in Group 1. All students can find their registration appointment in CAESAR. The summer class schedule is already visible in CAESAR. Students seeking additional information about Summer offerings should consult their advisers and/or visit the websites of the Office of the Registrar and Northwestern Summer Session.

5. I’m an admitted Northwestern graduate student, scheduled to begin my classes in Summer 2020. How does Northwestern’s decision about Summer 2020 apply to me?

In communications sent on April 23 and May 22, the University announced that all Summer classes scheduled to begin before July 13, 2020, would be offered remotely and that undergraduate classes would be delivered remotely for the entirety of the summer. Decisions about academic-related activities that start in August or September, including orientation events and the start of classes for some graduate programs, will be made in conjunction with decisions about Fall planning.

Academic programs requiring significant in-person instruction related to external accreditation and licensure may be granted exceptions, if the in-person work can be executed in adherence with University policy and guidance from government and public health officials. Admitted students should consult their programs for specific details. (Updated 5/29/20)

6. I’m a student who received a grant for summer research involving international travel. How does Northwestern’s announcement about Summer 2020 apply to me?

On April 23 Northwestern announced that University-sponsored student international travel, graduate and undergraduate, is not permitted through August 2020. If a student was planning international travel as part of their summer research activities, it is no longer permitted.

These prohibitions do not apply to international students who have already returned to their home countries and are conducting research or engaging in other types of co-curricular activities, provided that such activities are conducted in compliance with state, federal or local regulation designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, travel to another country as part of a sanctioned activity is not permitted. International students who remained in the U.S. during the spring quarter are not prevented from returning to home for summer, but should consult with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) on the feasibility of returning to the U.S. when desired.

Students who have received summer research grants should contact the department or unit that awarded the grant with any questions pertaining to their specific project. (Updated 5/11/20)

7. I am an undergraduate who was planning to study abroad this summer. How does Northwestern’s announcement about Summer 2020 apply to me?

All summer undergraduate study abroad programs and Fall 2020 and Full Year 2020-21 undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs that begin in July 2020 have been cancelled. For more information on cancelled summer study abroad programs, please consult the Northwestern Global Learning Office’s COVID-19 FAQs page(Updated 5/29/20)

8. I am a student who was planning to engage in another type of University-sponsored international program or activity during the summer that required travel abroad, such as intensive-language learning; service-learning project; arts performance; internship abroad; or athletic completion, etc. How does Northwestern’s announcement about Summer 2020 apply to me?

On April 23 Northwestern announced that University-sponsored student international travel, graduate and undergraduate, is not permitted through August 2020. Any university-sponsored international program or activity taking place during the summer that requires travel abroad must instead be canceled, postponed or conducted remotely. Students with questions about their specific University-sponsored international program or activity should contact the responsible Northwestern office or their adviser. (Updated 5/11/20)

9. I am a student who had plans to study abroad or travel internationally for a Northwestern-related purpose during the Fall. When will I know if this is permissible?

After many discussions, and in consultation with senior university leaders, Northwestern has made the difficult decision to cancel all international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall-Winter 2020-21 and Full Year 2020-21 affiliated, unaffiliated, exchange, and Northwestern programs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Undergraduates who were planning to study abroad in Fall will find additional guidance on the Global Learning Office’s COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs. (Updated 6/16/20)