The Academic Year
The academic year begins with a summer session (May to August) followed by a regular session (September to April). The summer session includes all courses offered between the beginning of May and the end of August. The regular session is divided into a fall term (September to December) and a winter term (January to April), each 15 weeks long. Terms include an examination period, during which any final examination must be held. The Section 11 Academic Calendar lists precise dates for the beginning and end of classes and examination periods.
A student may be exempted from a Concordia course based on previous study or a challenge exam. An exemption from a course has no credit value towards a degree or certificate. Exemptions from required courses may be granted in cases where students have already covered the work at any institution with an appropriate level of performance. Any such courses may be replaced with courses chosen in consultation with their advisors. Students who complete a course for which an exemption has been granted will not be permitted to retain the credits unless they have been granted prior approval from the Faculty and/or departmental advisor.
Sequence of Courses
Course A is a prerequisite of Course B when “A” must be taken and successfully completed before taking “B.” Students may be deregistered from a course until its prerequisite course(s) has been successfully completed.
Course A is a co-requisite of Course B when “A” must be taken in the same academic term as “B,” unless it has already been successfully completed. Students may be deregistered from Course B if they are not concurrently registered in the co-requisite Course A.
This refers to the minimum number of credits which must be taken at Concordia University to obtain a degree or certificate awarded by the University.
Transfer credits are credits for courses taken at another institution (or in another Concordia program) which may be transferred towards a Concordia degree or certificate.
Extended Credit Program Students
Students registered in an extended program, normally requiring 30 credits in addition to the regular requirements, designed for students entering from secondary institutions outside Quebec. (See relevant Faculty section.)
Students not seeking a degree or certificate.
Undergraduate students who do not meet regular academic admission requirements and have been admitted on the basis of their age, experience, and potential.
Undergraduate students who do not meet regular academic admission requirements and have been admitted to a bridging program on the basis of their age, experience, and potential.
Students registered in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, whether on a full‑time or part‑time basis. See Section 16.1.2 Credit System for a definition of full‑time and part‑time study.
Undergraduate students from other universities who have written approval from their home university to take courses at Concordia University, or students currently registered in certain certificate programs sponsored by external associations (e.g. programs related to the John Molson School of Business).