Policies and Procedures

Intersessions Enrollment Procedure for SMU Students

PLEASE NOTE: by enrolling in Intersessions courses, students agree to abide by all related university policies.

  1. Find your course

    Consult your advisor to determine which courses best serve your academic goals. Consider alternate choices in case the class you want is full. 
    See Dates & Deadlines for your term so you understand what you're committing to.
    Approximately one month before enrollment opens, you may place preferred and alternate courses in your 'shopping cart'.  You can also see your enrollment appointment at this time.
    Please note
    : putting a course in your shopping cart does not constitute official enrollment nor guarantee a seat in the course.

    All holds on your account must be clear prior to enrollment.

  2. Enroll at your appointment time (or anytime between then and start of term)

    Use my.SMU to enroll, just as you would for any other term.
    Jan Term and May Term students may enroll in one course per term. 
    June-July students can enroll in up to 14 credit hours across the different sessions.

    Jan Term enrollment opens in early November (at the same time as enrollment for spring term).
    May and June-July enrollment opens in early April (at the same time as enrollment for fall term).
    Enroll as soon as possible to secure a seat in your preferred course!

  3. Check deadlines & complete other tasks

    Priority enrollment deadlines for January, May, and Summer 11-day terms generally fall two weeks prior to the start of term. At these dates, courses with low enrollment may be cancelled, so it is in your interest to enroll early.  Enrollment after this date is still possible, subject to seat availability.

    If you receive SMU financial aid, use the Intersessions Tuition and Financial Aid Calculator, to estimate your aid and then verify your aid amount with a Student Financials Advisor.
    Students enrolled in 3 or more hours may apply for an Intersessions Scholarship.
    Learn more about on-campus housing and dining.

  4. Pay for your course. 

    Click here to view payment due dates Bursar’s Office.

  5. Change of plans?

    To cancel your enrollment and to learn about refunds, consult our Cancellation page.
    To change your schedule, we recommend using the SWAP function to change classes in my.SMU. Once enrolled, students cannot drop to 0 credit hours, so the system may not allow a student to drop and re-enroll. 

Intersessions Policies

Change of enrollment

Should you wish to swap your course or enroll late, you may do so through my.SMU through the add period (see Dates & Deadlines), subject to seat availability. Professor permission may also be required after the start of term.


Online Courses

Online courses are generally 5 weeks in duration, even when held in Jan Term (where they meet on an adjusted schedule*).  While some work for the course is self-paced and asynchronous, students may be required to meet regular deadlines and participate in scheduled interaction with classmates and the professor via discussion boards, video conferencing, and other media. 

Once enrolled, students receive instructions via email on how to connect to course resources and technology.  Checking email before and during online language courses is essential.  All online students must have reliable internet access, and a device with webcam, audio, microphone, and recording functionality.

Students may enroll in one online course during Jan Term*, and up to 14 credit hours over the summer term (a maximum of 7 hours in June sessions and maximum of 7 hours July sessions).

* Online courses in Jan Term begin immediately following the end of fall term and continue throughout the winter break.


Taking a class Pass/Fail, and Course repeats

Students may repeat a course or take any Intersessions course on a Pass/Fail basis, subject to the regular requirements and restrictions as presented in the University Catalog.  Please consult with your academic advisor when making the decision to take a course pass/fail.  Be advised that due to the condensed nature of Intersessions, the deadline to declare intention to take a course Pass/Fail comes very early in the term. Please plan accordingly.


Cancellation, refunds, late payments and late fees

The Office of the Bursar determines cancellation, refund, and payment due dates.  By enrolling in an intersession course, students agree to abide these requirements.  Failure to abide these deadlines will result in tuition and late fee charges.



If you are enrolled in multiple courses (as in June-July) and only want to cancel one of these, you can drop the course through my.SMU through the drop period (see dates and deadlines). 

If you are enrolled in only one course or if you want to cancel all of your courses and withdraw from the term, you MUST fill out a Cancellation/Withdrawal form.  It will be processed by the Intersessions Office and then Enrollment Services.  Cancellation/withdrawal is not an automatic process, so it will take a few business days before the course is removed from your schedule in my.SMU and a refund to be processed (if applicable).


Full refunds

Cancellations prior to the start of term are entitled to a 100% refund. See program Dates & Deadlines for your program dates.

Partial refunds

Students who drop early in the term may be entitled to a partial refund.  For Jan Term, May Term, or an 11-day session, partial refund is only possible if the course is dropped on the first day of term. To understand your eligibility for a refund, check the Bursar's office refund policies.

For more information or assistance
Contact the Bursar's Office


SMU Financial Aid

Students receiving SMU Merit Scholarships or need-based financial aid may receive these awards on a pro-rated basis for Intersessions.

The Financial Aid Office determines award amounts, policies and procedures for financial aid awards.  By enrolling in an intersession course, students agree to abide by these requirements.