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Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting Students

Summer Session FAQs

What are the Summer Session dates?

June 21–August 29, 2021.  Please see individual course listings for specific dates and meeting sessions within this time period.

How many sessions are offered at Northwestern during the summer?

There is only one Summer Session, however courses range from one to ten weeks in length within summer session. *Students must register for courses within the designated registration period - even for courses that start later in the session.

When can I register?

Registrations for US students will be accepted from April 12, 2021 through June 20, 2021. Late registrations will be accepted, with a $75 late registration fee (for SPS and visiting students) from June 21-25. International students must submit all registration material by March 19, 2021.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Yes, you may pay with a credit card.

Visiting students:
You can pay with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover) online via CAESAR once you activate your NetID. Within 48 hours of completing the online Visiting Student registration form, you will receive an email notification with your NetID and and instructions on how to log on to CAESAR and pay the non-refundable tuition deposit.

Current Northwestern students:
You can pay your tuition using a credit card through CAESAR.

I'm a Visiting Student. How much tuition do I pay at the time of registration?
You must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 per course (plus the $50 non-refundable registration fee) at the time of registration. You will be billed within 30 days for the balance on your tuition. You also have the option of paying the tuition in full once you log on to CAESAR.

If you register during late registration (June 21 through 25), you must pay tuition in full at the time of registration.

If you do not pay your tuition in full when you register, the Office of Student Finance will bill you for the balance within 30 days. If you pay this remaining balance due with a credit card, you will be charged a 2.75% processing fee. You will not be charged this fee if you pay your tuition balance with an electronic check, check, or money order. If you have questions regarding billing and payments on your balance due, please contact the Office of Student Finance at 847-491-5224 or visit  Office of Student Finance website.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $4,852 per credit. Please see individual course listings or the Tuition and Fees page for additional fees.

How do I change my schedule by adding or dropping a course?

Detailed instructions regarding any changes of registration are included on the Registration tab. Please also review the  tuition refund schedule on the tuition and fees page. You cannot change your registration over the phone or through email.

Where are classes held?

Almost all Summer Session classes are held on either the Evanston or Chicago campuses, with a few meeting at our Loop location. Please see individual course listings for locations. Building and classroom assignments for individual courses will be posted 1–2 weeks before courses begin.

How do I know which courses I may take?

Summer Session is open enrollment. This means that you may register for any courses you like, but prerequisites may apply. Visit the Registration page for details.

What are intensive course sequences?

Intensive course sequences are a great way to complete a year's worth of Chemistry, Physics and some languages in just nine weeks. Please see individual course listings for more information about dates and times for each sequence.

If I need a syllabus for the class I'd like to take, how can I get one?

Syllabi are not kept on file in the Summer Session office. Instructor contact information is available at the Northwestern University Directory. If the instructor does not appear in the directory, please email the Summer Session office at, using the subject line "Instructor Contact Information Request. The Northwestern bookstores will have lists of course textbooks. You may also contact the instructor or the academic unit.

How do I know what textbooks are needed for a course?

The Northwestern bookstores will have lists of course textbooks. You may also contact the instructor or the academic unit.

Do I have to supply college transcripts?
Generally, no, except for special programs where indicated. Please read the admission and registration requirements of those programs carefully.

Will my credits transfer?
If you intend to transfer Summer Session credit to another college or university, be sure to check with the registrar or dean of that school to determine the amount of credit it will grant for courses taken at Northwestern.

Is financial aid available to visiting students?
While financial aid is not available from Northwestern University to visiting students, you should contact the financial aid office at your home institution for information about available aid. NU students should talk with their financial aid officer at Northwestern.

Are room and board available?
On-campus housing is very limited during the Summer Session. For this reason, assignment priority will be given only to those students registered in a Summer Session program sponsored by Northwestern University, including Dance and Music Master Classes as well as Music Masters Students. Should additional rooms be available, they will be offered to students completing research projects with professors at Northwestern University. Unfortunately, housing accommodations cannot be made for individuals who will not be affiliated with Northwestern University during the summer of 2020.

Students who will be enrolled in summer courses should contact the Undergraduate Housing Office after April 30 for information about summer on-campus housing and to submit an online housing application.

Students may also contact the Off-campus Housing Office, which maintains a listing of web links that advertise off-campus apartments to rent or sub-lease.

Meal plan options are available to both Northwestern and Summer Visiting students through Northwestern Dining. Summer rates for meal plans will be posted online after April 15.


For additional information or questions, please contact the Office of the Summer Session & Special Programs at (Due to our office currently being remote, we do not have phone access.)

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