Concordia offers courses during two separate registration periods during the summer. Courses offered begin on two dates: May 4, 2020 and June 25, 2020. Refer to the Term Dates and Deadlines for additional details. Courses are offered during a 6.5 week period are intensive in nature, condensing 13 weeks of course material into a shorter period.
April 3, 2020 for courses beginning May 4, 2020
June 17, 2020 for courses beginning June 25, 2020
Common reasons to study as an independent student
Explore different academic fields without being confined to degree program requirements
Complete prerequisite courses to qualify for admission to a bachelor’s degree program
Improve your grade point average
Consider whether independent studies is right for you prior to applying
Independent students are limited to studying part-time, which means fewer than 12 credits per term.
Limited course selection
There are many courses that independent students cannot take because they are reserved exclusively for students in a degree program. For example, most Fine Arts and John Molson School of Business courses are only open to degree program students in those faculties.
Limited course availability
Independent students can only register for courses after students in certificate and degree programs. The registration period for Independent students only opens 1 month before classes begin, whereas other students can start registering 4 months in advance. This means that sometimes the classes you want to take will already be full.
Up to a maximum of 30 credits earned as an independent student can transfer to a degree program. This will only be determined once you are admitted to a degree program.
Depending on your goals, it might make more sense to consider applying for a certificate program or a Bachelor's degree program rather than Independent Studies.
Why a certificate program?
You can complete prerequisite courses for a bachelor’s degree program.
You can improve your grade point average (GPA) for future degree program applications.
Certain certificate programs are designed for students who want to prepare for degree program admission.*
Certificate students register for courses earlier, meaning you’ll have a greater chance to register for the courses you want.
Many certificate programs have specific academic advisors who are here to help you succeed.
*Certificates to consider for students who want to prepare for degree program admission: