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 2020 Costs and General Policies

Summer Language Institute: Reading Courses (100 units)

$4,150 tuition

Summer Language Institute: Intensive Courses (300 units)

$7,200 tuition

Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses

$4,150 tuition

Housing & Dining (NOT AVAILABLE SUMMER 2020)

$750 per week (undergrad/grad price)

Summer Business Scholars Program ONLINE Tuition: $4,800
Summer Financial Math Program ONLINE Tuition: $4,800
Student Services Fee $125


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 Financial Math, Summer Language Institute, and Summer Quarter.

The application for 2020 Summer Scholarships for current UChicago students will be available in February 2020. The application deadline for summer financial aid has been extended to April 30, 2020.

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 Business Scholars: Merit-based Scholarships*

All SBSP applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and candidates are notified at the time of their admissions decision whether they have received a scholarship. Scholarships are granted on a limited basis to applicants who can demonstrate through their application: 

  • Excellence in academics
  • Service to their community
  • Leadership within social or academic groups
  • A clear understanding of what they’ll gain from SBSP and how they’ll contribute to the Booth community

*There is no formal application process for scholarships; anyone who is admitted to SBSP is automatically considered for scholarship and all recipients will be notified at the time of admission.

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 2020, 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 additional 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 2020 will provide funding at the following levels:

  • $4200 in tuition aid for 300-unit courses - student pays remaining $3000 tuition balance, plus Student Services Fee and housing & dining (if applicable)
  • $2650 in tuition aid for 100-unit reading courses - student pays remaining $1500 tuition balance, plus Student Services Fee and housing & dining (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 2020 FLAS award from the University of Chicago will be in early February 2020. 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 Benefit page

All Summer Session courses are for credit and provide quality letter grades. For Summer 2020 onlycurrent College students may petition their instructor(s) for a P/F for any course.  However, College students are strongly encouraged to consult their College Adviser before they begin the petition process. 

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 2020, simultaneous enrollment may be permitted in remotely taught courses with the permission of both instructors and the approval of the Summer Session office. Please note that students may never enroll themselves in courses with time overlaps through the registration system, even with an instructor’s online consent. Once you have the permission from both the instructor(s), submit the Simultaneous Enrollment Request Form, found here: 

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 five total in the summer (for example, a three-course Core sequence, a 3- or 5-week course in Session 1 and a 3- or 5-week course in Session 2, so that you are enrolled in no more than two courses at the same time.  

To be placed on a waitlist for any Summer Quarter course, submit the 2020 Summer Quarter Waitlist form, found here:  Submit the form for each course you wish to be waitlisted for. Questions? Contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager,


Summer Business and Summer Financial Math Programs

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these programs are shifting to a remote instruction model. See the program pages for more details. 

As of April 1, 2020, current UChicago students:

  • May simply register for either the Summer Business Scholars or Summer Financial Math program -- a separate application is no longer required.  

  • Self-registration is open through May 31, 2020. Starting June 1 until one week before the first day of the program, contact to request enrollment. 


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the refund policy for Summer 2020 has changed.  If an admitted student has paid in full, but then decides not to attend or to withdraw, Summer Session will refund the program fee, minus the nonrefundable $1,000 deposit, through the second day of the program. 


Due to COVID-19, no residential options will be available in Summer 2020. The information below will be applicable to Summer 2021 and beyond. 

  • The Summer Business Scholars and Summer Financial Math Programs are intensive programs primarily designed for visiting undergraduate students, for whom living on campus is included in the program fee. Students in these programs will be housed in one of Summer Session's residential halls. 
  • Current UChicago students may live on campus alongside others enrolled in these programs, but may also participate as commuter students. 
  • If you would like to participate as a commuter student in either of these programs, you must specifically opt out of housing on your Status page immediately after you have submitted the program application. 


Summer Language Institute and Summer Quarter Courses

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these programs are shifting to a remote instruction model. See the program pages for more details. 

Self-Registration begins February 3, 2020 and ends May 31, 2020

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 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.

Registration for regular Summer Session courses typically begins in early February. 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. Contact your Dean of Students office for assistance. 

Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute courses allow for self-enrollment up to May 31, 2020. After that date, students may still add courses with the assistance of Summer Session staff. However, be aware that one month before the scheduled start date, courses may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment.  To help assure that classes you need have sufficient enrollment to proceed, register early.

To enroll after May 31, contact for assistance. Only Summer Session staff can enroll you after self-registration ends. Deadlines are below. Note adds are only available only until one week before the session begins. 


Add Deadline

Drop Deadline

First day of session

Summer Quarter Session 1: 3-week programs

June 15

2nd day of class

June 22, 2020

Summer Quarter Session 1: 5-week programs

June 15

4th day of class

June 22, 2020

Summer Quarter Session 2

July 6

2nd day of class

July 13, 2020

Summer Quarter Session 3

July 20

4th day of class

July 27, 2020

Summer Quarter Session 4

July 27

2nd day of class

August 3, 2020

Summer Language Institute

June 15

2nd day of class

June 22, 2020


All students must be officially registered for any summer undergraduate courses they attend; “sitting in” is not allowed. Please note that College students are not permitted to take courses for a grade of R (the grade showing that a student is “registered” or auditing a course); they must take courses for either a quality letter grade or pass/fail.

Due to COVID-19, no residential options will be available in Summer 2020. The information below will be applicable to Summer 2021 and beyond. 

Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute

  • Limited housing is available on campus for current UChicago students attending Summer Quarter or Summer Language Institute courses.
  • Current UChicago students can move in to their designated residence hall the Sunday before their classes start, but no earlier. They must check out of the residence hall by 9 a.m. on the Saturday after their classes end. For example, if your last class is on Friday, July 10, then you must check out of the hall by 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. All Summer Session students must be checked out of the hall by 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2020.
  • Unfortunately, the Summer Session Office cannot provide student housing between the end of Spring Quarter and the beginning of Summer Session.
  • Summer Session cannot provide storage for students’ belongings before the scheduled check in or after check-out.

In order to secure housing, a $500 deposit is required for all current UChicago students. 

The Summer Housing request form will be available in March 2020. 


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.”