Course Selection and Scheduling

Visiting exchange students can select from a wide range of courses. Work closely with your advisor from your home institution to ensure that the courses you take are approved for credit.

Exchange students are held to the same requirements and grading system as full-time matriculating students. Therefore it is important to choose courses at the appropriate level.

Terms vs. Semesters
The majority of universities divide their schedules into 15-18 week semesters. By contrast, JWU’s academic calendar is divided into three 11-week terms. (Summer term makes up an optional fourth term. However, J-1 exchange visitors must enroll for the summer term if you are here during that time.)

Year-long exchanges will yield the same number of credits. However, for short term exchanges, you can either enroll for one JWU term and study for less time than usual, or enroll for two JWU terms and study for more time.

It is mandatory that you enroll for a full load of courses during each term that you are at JWU. Speak with your university’s exchange advisor to decide which option is best for you.

Studying English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Providence Campus’ ESL program helps you improve your language skills, while allowing you to take regular classes in an undergraduate degree program. This flexibility provides you with the most efficient transition into your JWU education.

If your English level is already quite good you may take a mix of ESL and regular subject courses. As a J-1 student, you will be tested upon arrival and placed in courses appropriate to your proficiency level. If you’ve already passed the TOEFL, submit your scores in order to take a full schedule of regular academic course work.

Class Scheduling
Undergraduate classes run Monday-Thursday between 6am-9pm in two-hour blocks. A typical class meets twice a week for two hours. Evening classes are available, and meet from 6-9:45pm. Exchange students typically schedule for day courses.

You can obtain an official transcript from JWU upon completion of your program.