UD students are encouraged to enroll in Winter Session classes to get ahead or catch up on courses
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the University of Delaware’s special sessions when evaluating their graduation plans. Winter Session 2023, a five-week term, begins Jan. 2, 2023, and registration is now underway. A new special sessions website provides students with information about Winter Session courses, registration, housing and activities taking place on and off campus.
UD has a long history of offering high-quality courses rooted in research-based knowledge throughout the year – including Winter and Summer Sessions. Special sessions offer smaller class sizes, more time to network with professors and a chance to get caught up or get ahead with coursework.
“Winter Session offers something for all students — it is a chance to get caught up; it is a way to fulfill a course requirement; it is an opportunity to be curious; it is a time to focus on one subject. Starting this winter, these offerings will be predictable and repeatable across years so that students can build them into their course of study,” noted UD Provost Laura Carlson.
Winter Session courses are open to current UD students and visiting students. Courses include 60 high-demand courses — including online, in-person and hybrid courses. Students who take Winter Session courses will find a variety of activities taking place on and off campus. Winter Session provides time to take in a men’s or women’s basketball game, go ice skating at the UD’s Ice Arena, or participate in activities offered through UD’s student centers.
According to George Irvine, associate vice provost for professional and continuing studies, “Taking a UD special session course is a great way for students to earn their degree quickly or add a minor or concentration. UD now has more online and in-person courses in the winter special session from which full-time and part-time students can choose. It makes sense for students to take courses at UD and learn from our research-based faculty and to avoid the hassle and uncertainty of transferring credit later.”
Faculty and advisers are encouraged to discuss Winter Session courses with their students. Winter Session provides students the ability to take courses that will help them add a dual major or minor or simply focus on a tougher subject in a shorter period. Additionally, Winter Session housing on campus is available to students who meet specific criteria.
There are a number of UD resources available to students during Winter Session that will also help students achieve their career goals. This quieter time of year is a great time to meet with UD Career Center consultants who help students explore internships and the job shadowing program. Applications for the job shadowing program opened on Oct. 19 and close on Nov. 2, 2022.
There is an ongoing effort by the University to increase course offerings in winter and summer sessions due to increased demand for courses. Consistency in course offerings allows students to develop a graduation plan with their adviser that makes the most of their time at UD. Amanda Steele-Middleton, UD registrar, noted, “Taking a Winter Session course is an efficient way to earn academic credit. A wide variety of courses are offered during the Winter Session. Special session courses are a great way to customize an academic experience to meet or enhance a student’s academic goals.”
UD’s 10-week Summer Session registration will open on April 3, 2023, and classes will begin June 5, 2023. Visit www.udel.edu/specialsessions to learn more.