Summer Session and Winter Session Courses

Students wishing to take courses during the summer or winter sessions must abide by the following policies.

Summer Session

Summer courses taken at Rutgers-New Brunswick - Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session:

Summer courses taken elsewhere, including Rutgers-Newark and Camden:

  • Students may not register for more than two courses in a single summer session or overlapping sessions.

  • Students may not register for more than 12 total credits in the summer, distributed as above. This includes total courses taken elsewhere and at Rutgers.

  • Courses must be preapproved to be sure they will transfer and to prompt the Transfer Center to look for incoming transcripts. For additional information, see:

  • Students must complete the Rutgers prerequisites for a transfer equivalent, even if the sending school does not have the same prerequisite. We reserve the right to retroactively deny credit if the proper Rutgers prerequisites are not met, even if the course has been completed with a passing grade.

  • Students wishing to use Newark or Camden courses toward a major or minor should obtain prior permission from their departments to do so (unless such courses are already showing in Degree Navigator).

  • It is the student’s responsibility to request a transcript to be sent to Rutgers as soon as the class has ended (not necessary for Rutgers-Newark or Camden courses).

Winter Session

Winter course taken at Rutgers-New Brunswick - Rutgers-New Brunswick Winter Session:

  • First-year students are not permitted to register for a Winter Session course.

  • Students with a gpa less than a 2.0 are not permitted to register for a Winter Session course.

  • Students may take no more than two courses for a maximum 4 credits.

  • The winter registration system does not monitor course prerequisites and may allow you to register for a course when you are not eligible to do so.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to be sure prerequisites have been satisfied. If you are uncertain, check the course on Degree Navigator using the “Search/Courses” function. We reserve the right to retroactively deny credit if the proper prerequisites are not met, even if the course has been completed with a passing grade.

 Winter course taken elsewhere, including Rutgers-Newark and Camden:

  • First-year students are not permitted to register for Winter Session course.

  • Students may take no more than two courses for a maximum 4 credits.

  • A course must be preapproved to be sure it will transfer and to prompt the Transfer Center to look for incoming transcripts. For preapproval forms and additional information, please see:

  • Students must complete the Rutgers prerequisites for a transfer equivalent, even if the sending school does not have the same prerequisite. We reserve the right to retroactively deny credit if the proper Rutgers prerequisites are not met, even if the course has been completed with a passing grade.

  • Students wishing to use a Newark or Camden course toward a major or minor should obtain prior permission from with their departments to do so (unless such courses are already showing in Degree Navigator).

  • It is the student’s responsibility to request a transcript to be sent to Rutgers as soon as the class has ended (not necessary for Rutgers-Newark or Camden courses).

Summer/Winter Session Courses in China

The School of Arts and Sciences requires that transcripts from Chinese institutions be submitted with a verification report from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC)  https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/ to be considered official. Any transcript that does not include a verification letter from CHESICC will not be evaluated.

CHESICC does not verify summer or winter sessions for English-language based programs in China or Taiwan. The summer programs are often offered by third-party collaboration with a traditional university in China, Taiwan, or Korea serving as the host campus. The School of Arts and Sciences does not accept transfer credits from any of these programs, including those in cooperation with United States schools (ex: Seminole State University in Florida and Fontbonne University in Missouri).


Achieving the full benefit of instruction typically requires some time for reflection about the course content. For this reason, students should always consult an advisor before enrolling in Summer or Winter Session courses. Students on probation must obtain prior approval from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before registering for courses during the summer and winter sessions.