Winter Session

How to Apply

Apply for Winter Session: Non-UMD Students

Deadlines | How to Apply | Non-UMD Student Categories | Current & Incoming UMD Student

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 email provided on the application.
  • Upon admission, registration information is sent to the email of record.
  • Missing or inaccurate information increases processing time, causing delays.
  • If you attended UMD in a previous Summer or Winter Session, email BEFORE submitting the application.
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January 2-22, 2018 December 20 December 15 November 20

How to Apply: Non-UMD Student

A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Current and admitted incoming UMD students may simply register. All other students must first apply.


Winter 2019 applications available October 2018.


Winter 2019 applications available October 2018.

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 email 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 a prior Winter or Summer Session, you must re-apply. Email BEFORE submitting the application to ensure that you apply with the same information. If not, this may result 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 are not a current or incoming UMD undergraduate and want to take a course for undergraduate credit, you must apply.

Former UMD 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-enroll via the Student Success Office. Questions regarding re-enrollment: email

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 Student

  • Submit an inter-campus registration form that is available at your home institution. The home institution must authorize this 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: Contact the Office of the Registrar, phone: 301-314-8239 or email:
  • Staff: Submit an application for Winter Session as visiting Undergraduate or Graduate. Once processed, you’ll receive an email notification with online registration instructions.
  • Faculty or Staff: Contact your department human resources representative for tuition remission assistance. For guidelines, click here.

D.C. Consortium of Universities

  • Visiting students in the D.C. Consortium of Universities are eligible to enroll for Summer and Winter Sessions. The University’s Office of the Registrar provides oversight for D.C. Consortium Enrollment.

University System of Maryland Inter-Institutional Enrollment

  • Graduate students from University System of Maryland (USM) Universities are eligible to enroll for Summer and Winter Sessions on a case by case basis. The University’s Office of the Registrar provides oversight for Inter-Institutional Enrollment. USM undergraduate students are not eligible for Inter-Institutional enrollment in these sessions. USM undergraduates may, however, submit a visiting student application and enroll in either Summer or Winter Session as a visiting student and transfer credits earned back to their institution.

Golden Identification Program

  • The Golden Identification Program, overseen by the Office of the Registrar, permits eligible senior citizens to take advantage of the wide variety of course offerings at UMD College Park. The Golden ID Program is not eligible for Winter Session. To learn more, click here.

Visiting International Student

  • 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:

Current & Incoming UMD Students

Undergraduate students may simply register if you:

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

Graduate students may simply register if you:

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

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