Winter — November 21, 2023 Winter 2024 registration start date for newly accepted & returning independent students.
Information sessions for new independent students
Please join us for an information session to introduce you to Concordia and learn about course registration, courses required for admission to certain programs, and resources to support you in your studies. We look forward to meeting you!
You've been granted authorization to register for courses as an undergraduate independent student. Carefully read your letter of authorization, sent to you by email, to learn about what you need to do next as a Concordia student.
Don’t forget these key steps:
Check for possible fee exemptions Quebec residents pay a lower tuition rate at Concordia. If you are a Quebec resident, make sure you confirm your residency status with Concordia before the fee payment deadline to avoid extra charges.
In some situations, non-residents qualify for the Quebec tuition rate. If you meet the criteria, apply online for Quebec residency status through your Student Centre (click “Quebec Residency Application”).
Avoid a permanent code surcharge All students in Quebec have a permanent code. Provide Concordia with your permanent code by filling out the form online in your Student Centre to avoid extra fees. If you don’t already have a permanent code, Concordia will issue one when you fill out the form.
Some Concordia degree and certificate programs require you to take certain courses to be eligible for admission. Others will suggest that you take courses as an independent student that will count towards your future program.
If you studied at CEGEP and this is your first time studying at Concordia, you may be entitled to a course exemption, which means you will be exempt from the requirement to take that specific course. Make sure to check if you are entitled to any course exemptions, so that you do not repeat the course at Concordia!
Independent students can register for fewer than 12 credits per academic term (Fall, Winter or Summer). If you would like to exceed this maximum and take 12 credits, you must submit a special request.
Course scheduling tips:
Set aside a minimum of five hours of study time each week per course (in addition to the time you spend in class).
Consider all of your commitments as you plan your schedule to balance your academic work with any other work and/or personal commitments.
Some courses at Concordia have a prerequisite requirement, meaning that the course requires you to first take the prerequisite (first) course before you take the next course.
If you want to take a course with prerequisites, you will need to show that you have already completed the prerequisite course by completing a Prerequisite Waiver Form. Prerequisite waivers can be a time-consuming process, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit one. Be proactive!
TIP: If you have not previously completed certain prerequisite courses, it’s best to fit them into your schedule now, so that you have access to your desired course in a later semester.
“I don’t know what course(s) I should take.”
Check out the Recommended Courses list to learn what courses you should take now if you hope to qualify for program admission in the future.
The registration period for independent students only opens one month before classes begin, whereas students in programs can start registering months in advance. This means that sometimes the classes you want to take will already be full.
Add yourself to the waitlist, if the course has one. In the first two weeks of classes, the waitlist will begin to move as students will be attending their courses and dropping them for different reasons. It’s important to watch your email and portal for updates on the waitlist.
If the course doesn’t have a waitlist, frequently check the course registration numbers in case a spot becomes available.
“The course I want to take has spots available, but I can’t enrol in it.”
Refer to the course description to check the prerequisite requirements.
If you want to take a course with prerequisites, you will need to show that you have already completed the equivalent course by submitting a Prerequisite Waiver Form with your transcripts. Prerequisite waivers can be a time-consuming process, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit one!
“I want to take 12 credits in the winter semester.”
Independent students can take courses on a part-time basis, which means up to 9 credits per term in the fall and winter and a maximum of 12 credits over the summer terms.
As an independent student, you follow the same Concordia rules and regulations as certificate or degree program students. You can find the academic regulations in the undergraduate calendar.
Once you’ve been granted authorization to register for courses as an undergraduate independent student, this is valid for 3 years. This means that even if you don’t register for any courses in the term you first applied to, you can register for courses for up to 3 years without submitting a new application. You will only need to submit a new application after three years of not taking any classes.
The Independent Student Request Committee reviews exceptions to academic regulations, or related matters. You may submit an Independent Student Request Form and supporting documentation directly to the Independent Student Request Committee. Decisions are normally made within (30) working days of receiving the request and will be final.
Types of exceptions include:
Registering for 12 credits in one term
Taking a course for a third time
It is your responsibility to officially withdraw from a course. There are two main ways you can withdraw from a course in your Student Centre during the academic term.
Not attending classes or telling an instructor you want to withdraw is not the same as officially withdrawing from a course. If you do not officially withdraw before the deadlines below, you will automatically receive a failing grade and are still responsible for full payment of tuition and other fees.
Did Not Enter (DNE)
Withdraw from courses with no academic penalty
Receive a full tuition refund
Did Not Enter" (DNE) courses will not appear on your transcript and will not affect your grade point average (GPA)