Winter Study Registration

Regular Winter Study classes are scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 3—you must attend the first meeting.

Here are class hours and room assignments, instructors will provide any additional schedule information during the first meeting.

Meeting times for travel or TBA courses should be arranged with the instructor.

Instructors have the right to drop and fail students who do not attend the first meeting of a Winter Study course. If you encounter travel problems or other emergencies that prevent you attending the first meeting, please contact the instructor.

Please note—there is no drop/add period for Winter Study—which means you may not change the course you are registered for.

Process

The Winter Study term is different than fall and spring semesters. The following information provides guidance when registering and how to best navigate the beginning of the term.

  • All current students must register for a Winter Study course, except for those on an approved study away program.  By the time registration opens, some students may already be enrolled in a travel course, approved 99, thesis or internship; these students do not need to do anything further for registration.

    The first pass of registration is not on a first come/first choice basis—instructors make selections for overenrolled courses.

    If you think your time may be restricted in any way (ski meets, work, etc.), clear these restrictions with the instructor before you register.

    Enroll in your first choice during registration, if you are not assigned your first choice, we will contact you with next steps.

    The second (and final) round of registration will be open only to students who did not get their first choice or have not registered.  Spaces will be open on a first-come, first-served at this point.  Students eligible for the second round will be notified in advance of the registration times.

    In Williams Student Records navigate to:

    • Self-Service
    • Enrollment
    • Add Classes > Winter Study term
  • There is no "drop/add" period for Winter Study, all students must take their assigned course and this course cannot be changed.

    However, you may be interested in adding a second course.

  • Plan travel accordingly—all regular Winter Study courses are scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 3.

    Anyone who fails to attend the first meeting may be dropped by the instructor.

    Students who are registered for courses with meeting times listed as “TBA” must contact the instructor before leaving campus for schedule information.

Questions?

You may still have questions about Winter Study, see below for further clarification.

  • As a first-year, you are required to register for a regular Winter Study course that takes place on campus—please pay close attention to enrollment preferences.

    When registering, please make sure to complete all steps of the process:

    • Add to shopping cart
    • Confirm > Finish Enrolling
    • View Results

    Check your class schedule to confirm enrollment.

  • The Winter Study Committee will email you their decision by:

    Friday, October 19

    If approved, we will automatically register you as long as you do not have any holds.  You have committed to this course and may not drop it and add a different course.  If it turns out you cannot take your approved 99, you need to contact Barbara Casey in the Winter Study office for permission to drop.

    If not approved, you will have time to register for another Winter Study course during the regular registration period, November 7 - 11.

  • Travel course instructors will email you their decision by:

    Friday, October 19

    If approved, we will automatically register you as long as you do not have any holds.  You have committed to this course and may not drop it without the instructor's consent.

    If not approved, you will have time to register for another Winter Study course during the regular registration period, November 7 - 11.

  • For beginning language courses, you are required to take the Winter Study Sustaining Program in addition to your regular course.  The sustaining programs meet 9-10am and should not conflict with other WSP courses, but check the meeting time of your regular WSP course before you enroll just to make sure.

    Please register for a regular Winter Study course.

    Once the regular Winter Study registration process is complete you will be automatically enrolled in the Sustaining Program—check your class schedule to confirm enrollment.

  • Departments may require that junior and senior majors take one designated Winter Study course as part of their program—students should review their major requirements.

  • Seniors who are currently enrolled in a thesis will be automatically registered for the Winter Study course that correlates to that thesis—check your class schedule to confirm enrollment.

    If you plan to start a thesis during Winter Study, you will need to sign up for the appropriate Winter Study thesis.

    If you are considering taking an additional Winter Study course, your thesis advisor will need to confirm this course complements your thesis work. Once confirmed, our office will register you for the extra course.

  • If you have been advised to take an Intensive course during Winter Study, you will be notified after November 16 by the Dean's Office.

    In the meantime, please register for a regular Winter Study course.

    If you need to enroll in the Intensive course, our office will drop your regular course and enroll you in the appropriate section.

  • Plans to Study Away

    Students who plan on participating in a Study Away program will automatically be registered for a placeholder "Study Away" Winter Study course.

    If plans change or you are not accepted, contact our office.

    Current Study Away

    If you need to register for a Winter Study course and are having difficulty registering off-campus, contact us for assistance.

  • During the first two days of Winter Study, with permission of the instructor, a student may add a second Winter Study course:

    • This course will be graded P, PP, or F.
    • The grade for this extra course will be recorded on your transcript.
    • This extra course will not count toward the four required for graduation.

    Students may not drop their original Winter Study course, but may drop the second course through the tenth day of the Winter Study term.

    Before submitting the Winter Study Add/Drop Second Course form, please discuss adding or dropping the course with the instructor.