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Summer Sessions

Current & Incoming UW Students

If you are a current or incoming UW student, there are a number of great reasons to take classes during Summer Sessions. It's a perfect time to enroll in a course you need, explore a new interest or check out a special program. Earn academic credit and make this summer count.

Why UW Summer Sessions?

  • Better Access. Grab a seat in a popular course. Many courses that fill up fast during the regular academic year are open during the summer and often have fewer students.
  • Major, Minor and Requirement Courses. Catch up or get ahead with Summer Sessions classes. Check off a major requirement, a prerequisite or an Area of Knowledge course.
  • Accelerated Learning. Make the most of your time with condensed, intensive summer courses. The full quarter lasts nine weeks, and some classes are half that length.

Huge Course Selection

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With more than 1,000 courses offered in more than 100 different fields of study, we've got you covered this summer. Take a class in social sciences, engineering, computer science and technology, languages, business, health, education, the environment or one of numerous other disciplines.


To learn more about what's available during Summer Sessions, see the UW Time Schedule or MyPlan. For information on how to register for summer courses, see the page How to Register — Current UW Students.

Summer Foreign Language Offerings

The UW offers one of the country’s largest intensive foreign language summer programs. Choose from courses in everything from American Sign Language to Swahili.


As a current UW student, you are eligible for campus housing during Summer Sessions. Housing is offered on a space-available basis. See the Resources section for more information.

Incoming First-Year Students

If you're an incoming first-year student at the University of Washington, you can get a head start on your academic career by taking Summer Sessions courses. Incoming students must apply and register as a non-UW student. For details, see the How to Register — Non-UW Students page.