WHAT COURSES CAN I TAKE TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE?

ISS students have a variety of options for courses they can take to complete their degree as described below. In most cases, registration will be via MyUW. For a "quick key" to know how and when to register for each type of course, visit the Registration page.

ISS MAJOR COURSES

These courses are offered directly by the ISS Program and include core and thematic areas courses.   To meet the ISS residency requirements, all students will need to take a minimum of 45 credits after matriculating in our program.  There are no on-campus proctored exams for these classes. All exams are online.

  • Core Classes
    • When to register: As early as possible, starting with your priority registration date. (Continuing ISS students register in Period I. New ISS students and returning former ISS students register in Period II.)
    • How to register: MyUW: https://my.uw.edu.
  • Thematic Classes
    • When to register: As early as possible starting with your priority registration date. (Continuing ISS students register in Period I. New ISS students and returning former ISS students register in Period II.) Note: Early Care and Education (ECE) program students will be able enroll in some ISS Thematic Areas courses starting in Period II.
    • How to register: MyUW: https://my.uw.edu.

NON-ISS COURSES

ISS students can take a number of non-ISS online courses in order to satisfy General Education requirements or as General Electives (to bring their credit totals up to the 180 needed for graduation.) There are several categories of non-ISS courses available during the regular academic year.

GROUP START COURSES

Group Start courses are synchronous with the quarter calendar and have regular assignment deadlines, just like your ISS courses.  Group Start courses are available to UW tuition-paying students as well as those in fee-based programs such as ISS students, so there is often heavy competition to register for these classes. 

Note: Some Group Start courses may have on-campus exams. If you are a local student, you may come to campus to take exams. If you are not local, you should let your instructor know immediately so that you may work with UW Continuum College to arrange for an exam proctor in your area.

  • When to register: It is strongly recommended that all students register on the first day of Period I, as these courses can fill quickly. (See the current ISS Course Schedule for details). Continuing ISS students register in Period I. New ISS students and returning former ISS students register in Period II.)
  • How to register: For Fall, Winter, or Spring, via the ISS Online Registration Portal or by contacting C2 Registration at 206-543-2310. (Registration for Group Start courses will not be possible via MyUW during Period I or Period II for Fall, Winter, or Spring registration. For Summer Quarter only, students may register for Group Start courses during Period I registration via MyUW. Again, register as early as possible!
SELF-PACED COURSES

Self-paced courses are designed for student flexibility within the quarterly calendar structure. Students work at their own pace as long as they complete all the course requirements between the first and last days of instruction for the quarter. (We STRONGLY recommend that students in self-paced courses follow the instructors’ guidelines for completing assignments so they do not fall behind.)

Note: There may be proctored exams in self-paced courses. If you are a local student, you may come to campus to take exams. If you are not local, you should let your instructor know immediately so that you may work with UW Continuum College to arrange for an exam proctor in your area.

  • When to register:  As early as possible, starting with your priority registration date.
  • How to register: MyUW (until the third week of the quarter): https://my.uw.edu.
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM COURSES

Our partners in the UW Early Care and Education Program (ECE) have made some of their courses available to ISS students. Like ISS courses, these courses are fully online and synchronous with the quarter calendar. Courses may have ECE, ECFS, or related prefixes.

  • When to register: For most ECE and related courses you can register during Period I. Add codes may be required; contact your adviser for assistance.
  • How to register: MyUW (until the third week of the quarter): https://my.uw.edu.

OTHER ONLINE PCE COURSES

Certain other for-credit online courses associated with unrelated certificate programs offered by UW’s Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) program are also available to ISS students. 

  • When to register:  As early as possible, starting with your priority registration date. 
  • How to register: MyUW (until the third week of the quarter): https://my.uw.edu.

SUMMER QUARTER COURSES:

For summer quarter, ISS students have access to any course offered by UW Seattle. Once a UW Seattle student (including those in ISS) has earned 15 credits from UW Seattle, they may register for summer courses (online or on campus) offered by UW Bothell and UW Tacoma as well. (Registration restrictions may apply -- please see the corresponding campus time schedule for more details). 

All three campuses have online courses available in the summer, and many of these are listed on our "Courses for ISS Students" web page linked form our Registration pageOn-campus course listing for the different UW campuses can be found on the Time Schedules for the respective campuses. Again, this is for Summer Quarter ONLY. Contact your adviser if you have questions.

  • When to register:  As early as possible, starting with your priority registration date. 
  • How to register: MyUW (until the third week of the quarter): https://my.uw.edu.

COURSES FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

ISS students also have the option to take general education or elective credits at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education.  If you are interested in pursuing this option, check with your academic adviser about planning for transfer credits.  Financial aid recipients should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss any potential impact on their award.  Remember that a minimum of 45 credits must be taken in the ISS major.