Fall and spring courses have two options for duration: 16 weeks (full semester) or 8 weeks (half semester). In comparison, summer courses have a LOT more variation – everything from 4 – 12 week options. Some key points about Purdue summer courses:
- No matter the length, you’ll earn the same number of credit hours and learn the same material as you would during a fall or spring semester.
- The cost is the same per credit hour as the fall or spring, except that flat fee pricing begins at 6 credit hours. To estimate your summer course costs, check out the Office of the Bursar’s tuition and fee calculator.
- Summer grades earned at Purdue (or Purdue regional campuses) can replace fall and spring grades and vice versa, but the course abbreviation and numbering must be identical (with a few exceptions – ask your advisor).
- There are limits to how many credits you can take:
- Students are limited to 4 credits hours within one 4-week session.
- 4-week module courses cannot overlap with 6-, 8-, or 12-week session courses.
- Students are limited to 10 hours total among all of the courses taken.
Learning happens faster in summer courses and requires strong study skills and time management. For example, if the 16-week fall version of the course meets 3 hours a week and has tests every month, the 8-week summer version of that course would meet 6 hours a week and have a test every two weeks, and a 4-week summer version would meet 12 hours a week and have a test every week. Getting behind is NOT an option!
Here are some common durations you might find in Purdue summer courses:
The important thing is to be aware of the dates of the section of the course you are choosing. Sections within the same course can have different lengths. For example, ECON 251 has three 4-week sections, each with different dates (Modules 1, 2, and 3). The same courses can also be taught using different instructional types. You can use the Advanced Search button under Look Up Classes in MyPurdue to narrow down your course options by length, instructional type, and days or times.
Tomorrow, we’ll discuss all the varieties of online summer courses at Purdue!