Summer Session

Current UChicago Summer Students

Summer is a great time for UChicago students to catch up or get ahead with coursework. Students can take Core courses, try a business course through Booth, explore a language, and so much more!

Summer 2021 Costs and General Policies

Summer 2021 costs



Summer Language Institute: Reading Courses (100 units)

$4,250 tuition

Summer Language Institute: Intensive Courses (300 units)

$7,500 tuition

Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses (including Financial Math)

$4,250 tuition

Summer Business Scholars Program ONLINE


Student Life Fee (estimated)*


*Students can apply for a waiver of the Student Life Fee if they live over 50 miles from campus. Apply for a waiver through your My.UChicago portal after bills are posted. 

Summer Scholarships

Limited financial aid is offered through the Office of Financial Aid via the Summer Scholarship program. These partial scholarships help defray the cost of attending Summer Session programs for current UChicago students who receive aid during the academic year.  Summer Scholarships may be applied to all undergraduate programs administered by the Summer Session office: Summer Business Scholars, Summer Language Institute, and Summer Quarter. Information and links to Summer Scholarships are available here

The deadline for Summer Scholarship applications is April 30, 2021. 

Current undergraduate students in the College may also be eligible to apply for Summer Pell Grants or Stafford loans for assistance. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at for more information.  

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Language Institute

Current University of Chicago MA students in the MAPH, MAPSS, CIR, CMES, CLAS, and Divinity MA* programs, as well as students entering those MA programs in Autumn 2021, are eligible to apply for the MA Scholarship to help defray the cost of tuition for summer language study at the University of Chicago. These courses will be taken in addition to the students’ regular programs of study and will not count towards degree requirements. As such, they are not eligible for federal student aid. 

MA Scholarships for 2021 will be provided at the following levels:

  • $4300 in tuition aid for 300-unit courses - student pays remaining $3200 tuition balance, plus Student Life Fee (if applicable)
  • $2650 in tuition aid for 100-unit reading courses - student pays remaining $1600 tuition balance, plus Student Life Fee (if applicable)

Graduate students applying for certain programs may also be eligible to apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program is administered by the federal government for American graduate students who are concentrating in a modern foreign language and a program that includes international or area studies. University of Chicago students apply for these fellowships through UChicagoGrad and their area Dean of Students offices. Priority for FLAS fellowships is given to UChicago students, but applications from visiting graduate students are considered carefully. The deadline to apply for a 2021 FLAS award from the University of Chicago will be in early February 2021. Details on the application process can be found on the UChicagoGrad website.

Summer Session Tuition Benefit

Dependent children of University of Chicago full-time, benefits-eligible faculty, other academic appointees, and staff who are admitted to select Summer Session programs operated by the College will receive 25% off tuition costs for up to two Summer Session courses. For more information, refer to the Summer Session Tuition Benefit page

All Summer Session courses are for credit and provide quality letter grades. For Summer 2021, current College students may petition their instructor(s) for a P/F for any course. 

However, College students are strongly encouraged to consult with specific departments before enrolling to learn about Pass/Fail rules and minor/major requirements, as well as their College Adviser before they begin the petition process. 

In short, if you wish to take a course that you need for a graduation, major, or minor requirement, it is your responsibility to confirm with the offering department what their current policy for taking that course P/F. 

Ordinarily, students may not enroll in courses whose class time overlaps given the expectation that all students attended courses for which they receive credit. However, in Summer 2021, simultaneous enrollment may be permitted in remotely taught courses with the permission of both instructors and the approval of the Summer Session office.  After June 1, contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at, to request simultaneous enrollment.  

Because Summer Session courses are on a more intensive schedule, it is not feasible to take the same number of courses as you would during a normal academic quarter. We strongly encourage students not to enroll in more than two courses in the same session. Students can take up to four total in the summer.  

To be placed on a waitlist for any Summer Quarter course, submit the 2021 Summer Quarter Waitlist form (for current College students only - will be live in March).  

Questions? Contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at

This is the refund schedule for UChicago and visiting undergraduate students in Summer Quarter undergraduate courses and programs (including Summer Language Institute) only. For pre-college course policies, visit for more information. 

  • Enrolled students can drop a three- or five-week Summer Session course through Friday of the first week of the course.
  • Enrolled students can drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week Summer Session course through Friday of the second week of the course.

UChicago students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. Visiting undergraduate students who drop a course by the relevant deadline will not be billed for their course, but will not be refunded their $1,000 deposit (all deposits are non-refundable).

Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

  • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
  • 100% of tuition will be billed

Please check the course start and end dates in Class Search, these are the dates used when calculating eligibility to drop a course. 





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Current UChicago College students may add or drop courses via through May 31, 2021. UChicago undergraduates wishing to add or drop a Summer Session course after May 31 must submit a request via the Undergraduate Enrollment Change Request form. The date the request is submitted will be used as the effective drop date.


Summer Language Institute and Summer Quarter Courses

See the program pages for more details. 

Registration dates for Summer 2021 will be updated early in 2021. 

Step 1: Request Term Activation

To register for Summer Language Institute and Summer Quarter courses (which include all Summer Institute for Social Research Methods courses), current UChicago undergraduate students must first request access to register through myUChicago. Please go here for directions on how to find the Summer Activation Request Form. For full instructions, see this page on the Registrar's website. Once that access has been granted, you may register for courses.

Step 2: Register for Classes

Registration for regular Summer Session courses begins March 1, 2021. To review the course offerings and enroll in regular courses, visit your MyUChicago page. You must register for undergraduate courses on before the dates below. After those dates have passed for the respective sessions, you will have to contact the Summer Session Office at in order to register.

Current MA or PhD students are enrolled through their home departments or divisions on a different time frame. Contact your Dean of Students office for assistance. 

Summer 2021 add/drop information will be updated early in 2021. 

No residential options are available for Summer 2021. 


Other Summer Options

Students who are considering taking a summer course at another institution should complete the following steps:

Read the Transfer Credit Policy with care: it will outline the procedures you need to follow before you take a class to make sure your coursework will transfer to your University of Chicago degree program.

Speak to your College Adviser about the feasibility of such a plan. Your Adviser can answer any questions you might have and help explain the details of the process. 

Visit the College Study Abroad website to find out more information about summer study options abroad as well as international travel funding. 

Visit the College Center for Research and Fellowships for more information on summer research opportunities for undergraduates. 

The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program through the Office of Career Advancement provides UChicago College students with a wide range of paid summer internship opportunities. Search for Summer 2020 opportunities via Handshake.

  • Log in to your UChicago Handshake account
  • Click "Jobs" 
  • Select "Filters"
  • In the dropdown menu, scroll down to "Labeled by Your School"
  • Select “2019-20 Metcalf internship.”