Winter Session

How to Apply

Apply for Winter Session: Non-UMD Students

Deadlines | How to Apply | Non-UMD Student Categories | Current UMD Students

Application Deadlines

Allow a minimum of 48 business hours to process an online application; seven business days for a paper application.

  • Upon submission, an acknowledgement is sent to the provided email. This becomes the e-mail of record. Check your spam folder.
  • Upon admission, registration information is sent to the e-mail of record.
  • Applications with missing or inaccurate information increases processing time, causing delays.
Session Date Web Paper International
January 2-22, 2018 December 20 December 15 November 20

How to Apply: Non-UMD Students

A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Students who are not current UMD students (this includes former UMD students) must apply.


  • Online: Click here (Available October 17)
  • Paper: Available upon request via e-mail


  • Paper Only: Click here (Available October 17)

Non-Credit Workshops

Important Notes

  • Transcripts are not required for Winter Session admission. Individual course instructors may request a copy of your transcript if the course has listed pre- or co-requisite requirements. If you do not provide this information, you may be dropped from the course.
  • Winter Session Payment Policy requires immediate payment upon registration. Students are not billed. Should full payment not post, you may be canceled and lose your seat if the course is full. Notification of this requirement is sent to the e-mail of record following any add/drop activity. Check your spam folder. No additional reminder is provided.
  • 3-week Winter Session: Due to its compressed nature, the Schedule Adjustment Period (Drop/Add) ends on the first day of Winter Session at 4:30 p.m.
  • Online Courses: After registration, it may take 24 – 48 hours before you obtain access to the online course. Students who register on the first day of classes for a 3-week session will run into access issues, which may cause you to fall irreparably behind.
  • Admission is session/year only. If you attended in a prior Winter Session, you must re-apply. Use the same information used in the previous application. If not, this results in a second record being created. Within one week of creation, the system automatically freezes both records and you will not be able to register. This may take up to four weeks to resolve. Contact if you have questions.

Non-UMD Student Categories

Visiting Undergraduate Student

  • If you attend another institution or have a degree and want to take a course for undergraduate credit, then you must apply.

Former University of Maryland Undergraduate Student

  • Former UMD students who ONLY want to register for Winter Session must submit the online application. In addition, submit a brief statement to confirming that you understand that this application is session-only, will not carry over into the subsequent semester, and will not be used to graduate from UMD.
  • Former UMD students who wish to attend in the fall or spring semester, or are attempting to complete their credits toward a degree at UMD, must re-apply via the Student Success Office. Questions regarding re-enrollment: e-mail

Visiting Graduate Student

  • If you attend another institution or have a degree and want to take a course for graduate credit, then you must apply. To earn graduate credit in Winter Session without enrolling in a degree program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall "B" (3.0) average.
  • The Winter Session application is for this specific term/year ONLY. If you plan to take graduate-level courses in the spring semester, consider applying for non-degree admissions through The Graduate School. This way, there is only a one-time application fee. Click here.
  • If you want to take an undergraduate course and do not need the credits to count as graduate credits, then apply as a visiting undergraduate student.

University System Graduate Students

  • Submit an inter-campus registration form that is available at your home institution. The home institution must authorize the inter-campus registration form. Once completed, fax or send as an attachment to:

    Office of Extended Studies
    Fax: 301-314-4071

Current High School Students

  • High School students may not participate in Winter Session.


Faculty & Staff

Faculty or staff must contact their department human resources representative for tuition remission assistance. For guidelines, click here.

D.C. Consortium of Universities

  • The University’s Office of the Registrar provides oversight for D.C. Consortium Enrollment. For complete information, click here.

Golden Identification Program

  • The Golden Identification Program is not eligible for Winter Session.

Visiting International Students

  • UMD does not issue documentation permitting study for credit for Winter Session. International students seeking credit are eligible to apply if:
    • Currently attending a U.S. institution on an existing I-20, or
    • Currently in the U.S. having possession of a valid visa permitting study at a four-year institution.

Visiting international students may only utilize the online application. See application deadlines, above. In addition, international students are required to submit copies of the supporting documentation listed below to

Applicants with J-1 Visa

  1. Passport
  2. I-94 (visit
  3. DS-2019
  4. Letter of support on official letterhead from your sponsor granting approval.

Applicants with F-1 Visa

  1. Passport
  2. I-94 (visit
  3. I-20
  4. Letter of approval on official letterhead from your home institution's international office granting approval. The letter must also verify that Winter Session dates do not conflict with the home institution’s upcoming spring semester dates.

Applicants with B1/B2 Visa:

  • May not attend a credit course. For non-credit workshops information, click here.

Current UMD College Park Students

Undergraduate Students: May register without completing an application if you:

  • Attended UMD in the current fall semester, or
  • Accepted admission to UMD for the upcoming spring semester.

Graduate Students: May register without completing an application if you:

  • Attended the UMD in the current fall semester, or
  • Accepted admission to UMD for the upcoming spring semester.

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