Summer break - or summer breakthrough?

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January 25, 2017: First Spring drop deadline. If you are considering making adjustments to your Spring 2017 schedule based on courses available in Summer 2017 make sure to check out Course Guide details on dates, times and locations in advance of the first Spring drop deadline to make sure the classes fit into your summer plans.

Summer Term 101: Free food. Nice people. All your questions answered.
• Wed, Feb 15, 6pm—Gordon Commons
• Tue, Feb 21, 6pm – DeJope Hall

March 27, 2017: Summer Term enrollment begins.

May 30, 2017: Summer Term begins. Summer Term runs May 30 – August 11. Session lengths vary. Listed are examples of popular 3, 4 and 8 week sessions.
• 3-week session: 5/30 – 6/18
• 4-week session: 5/30 – 6/25
• 4-week session: 6/5 – 7/2
• 8-week session: 6/19 – 8/13
• 4-week session: 7/10 – 8/6


Adult Students & Professionals

Isn’t it time for your summer breakthrough?

The doors are open at UW–Madison for adults interested in taking a class to enhance a skill, explore a new career path, prepare for graduate school, or pursue an interest.

Applying is free and there’s no obligation. Here’s how:

  1. Explore our summer courses and programs.
  2. Apply to UW–Madison using the UW System application. Select the classification that best meets your needs:
    • Professional development or personal enrichment: UNDS
    • Preparation for admission to graduate or professional school: UNRS
  3. Allow 5 to 7 days for application processing.
  4. After you are admitted, follow UW–Madison enrollment instructions to enroll in courses, beginning in April.

Guest Auditing

Interested in learning a new subject but don’t care about earning the credits? Guest auditing allows you to sit in on lecture-style university courses without taking exams or completing assignments. Learn more:

Senior Learning

Senior Learning doesn’t just happen in the summertime. Discover more options at Senior Learning at UW-Madison»

Noncredit Courses

Available year-round, the Division of Continuing Studies offers hundreds of courses for learners of all ages. Keep your skills up to date or try something new. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may apply.


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