Each summer the University of Virginia offers a rich selection of programs and courses to over four-thousand students through its Summer Session. Many of these programs and courses are not available during the academic year. Summer Session students have access to an array of support services and extra-curricular activities during their studies.
The mission of the University’s Summer Session is to supplement academic-year course offerings, to facilitate fulfillment of undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, and to extend access to the resources of the University of Virginia to students enrolled at other colleges or universities, rising high school juniors and seniors, and lifelong learners.
Summer Session 2011 will be the one hundred sixth at U.Va. Courses will be offered May 16 to June 11, June 13 to July 09, July 11 to August 5 and June 13 to August 5. The Curry School of Education will offer four three-week sessions and an alternate weekend schedule. The School of Nursing has a special calendar for its students.
Completing the Liberal Arts Degree in Three Years
If you are entering the College with a large number of AP credits, transfer credits, or dual enrollment credits, and/or if you are planning to take 18-19 credits each semester, and/or if you are planning to attend summer sessions, you may be able to finish both the area requirements of the College and the requirements for a major in three years. Additionally, you may be exempt from certain courses or requirements if your SAT II Subject Test scores are high enough.
If you are planning to graduate in three years, you should inform both your Faculty Advisor and Association Dean early on so that they can advise you accordingly. For example, you would probably have to declare a major in your second or third semester, and would certainly want to make good progress toward satisfying the College’s area requirements by the end of the first year. For more information on the requirements for specific majors, contact the appropriate department.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree program is tailored to adults who have completed the first two years of undergraduate work but are unable to enroll in a full-time degree program due to work or personal commitments. The BIS program offers a challenging and stimulating curriculum with a full course schedule in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Classes meet primarily in the late afternoons and evenings and students typically take one, two, or three courses per term. Applications are accepted for both fall and spring admission. BIS students pursue concentrations in business, humanities, social sciences or, with special approval, an individualized curriculum, including an opportunity to prepare for teacher licensure.
For further information, contact BIS Degree Program, University of Virginia, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 106 Midmont Lane, P. O. Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764, (434) 982-5274. www.uvabis.info
Admission of High School Juniors and Seniors
Rising high school juniors and seniors may apply for admission to the University’s Summer Session. High school students admitted to the Summer Session enroll in regular, credit-bearing University of Virginia courses. All University Summer Session courses are delivered in an intensive format. Only rising juniors and seniors with an outstanding academic record and demonstrated personal maturity will be considered for admission to the University’s Summer Session. A high school junior or senior who successfully completes Summer Session course work will receive undergraduate credit. The Assistant Director of Summer and Special Academic Programs serves as the academic advisor to high school students offered admission to the Summer Session. The Assistant Director helps such students select appropriate programs. The normal course load is one course per session or two courses spanning the nine-week session. The Summer Session application form for rising high school juniors and seniors is available online at www.virginia.edu/summer. Admission to the Summer Session does NOT constitute admission to a degree program at the University of Virginia. Summer Session students are subject to the University of Virginia’s academic, financial, and non-academic rules and regulations. Students enrolled in a UVa Summer Session course are expected to attend each class meeting. Visiting high school students are not eligible for University Housing.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) provides an array of services to help members of the University of Virginia community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States. During the academic year, CAELC offers a number of ESL courses free of charge to students who have matriculated in a degree program at the University of Virginia. Visiting scholars, research associates, and classified staff are also eligible for CAELC classes. In addition, CAELC offers an intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program through the University’s Summer Language Institute, mid-July through mid-August. The EAP program is for entering students and research associates. Completion of the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam must precede placement in any CAELC class. Individuals can take the exam at the beginning of each semester and by appointment throughout the year. CAELC also administers the SPEAK Test in August, December, and May. The SPEAK Test is used to assess the oral proficiency of prospective graduate teaching assistants whose native language is not English. Writing support at the University’s Writing Center and conversation practice through a language partner program are available in the fall and spring semesters. CAELC endorses the NAFSA Principles of International Educational Exchange and the TESOL Standards for Post Secondary Programs. Information on testing, classes, and other services is available online at www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc; firstname.lastname@example.org ; (434) 924-3371.
The Summer Language Institute
SLI offers eight-week courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan. Students attend classes five days a week, up to seven and a half hours a day. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed in a student-centered environment. Students are expected to attend all classes and evening cultural activities, Monday through Friday. With the exception of the Arabic and Chinese programs which confer 8 credits, the other seven language programs enable students to earn 12 credits, the total needed to satisfy the foreign language requirement at the University of Virginia. The nine individual SLI language programs are listed in the course offering section of the catalog.
OFFICIAL APPLICATION REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS. For further information, contact the Summer Language Institute, Summer and Special Academic Programs, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400161, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4161; email@example.com; www.virginia.edu/summer/SLI/.
Semester at Sea
Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as its traveling campus, students, faculty, and lecturers live and learn together while circumnavigating the globe each fall and spring semester and exploring a world region each summer. Semester at Sea itineraries integrate rigorous coursework with field assignments and service learning in 8-12 international destinations, providing the skills necessary to compete in today’s rapidly globalizing world. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia, the academic sponsor. More than 2,000 undergraduates representing as many as 300 institutions worldwide study abroad with Semester at Sea each year.
For information about participating in a voyage and details about the application process, please contact the International Studies Office at (434) 982-3010. Non-UVa students should contact Semester at Sea directly at www.semesteratsea.org. The Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs manages the UVa-Institute for Shipboard Education partnership and academic administration of the Semester at Sea program.
Mountain Lake Biological Station
The Mountain Lake Biological Station is a facility of the Department of Biology that offers field courses for the study of various topics in field biology. The station is a full-service residential facility located at 1200 meters elevation in the Allegheny Mountains of Giles County, VA offering a diverse array of habitats for field work and classes. For information on undergraduate and graduate courses and research opportunities, call (434) 982-5486, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure.
MLBS offers a limited amount of financial aid via the Walton Scholarship and other financial aid awards. Students may also apply for service awards to defray costs of room and board. Service award duties include working in the dining hall and cleaning and upkeep of common areas at the Station. For more information visit the MLBS office at 223 Gilmer Hall, UVA, Charlottesville, VA 22904 or email email@example.com.
The Center for the Liberal Arts
The Center for Liberal Arts sponsors workshops, graduate courses, in-service programs, and fellowships for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For further information, please contact the Center for the Liberal Arts, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400762, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4762; phone: (434) 982-5205; fax: (434) 982-6271; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.virginia.edu/cla/.
The Central Virginia Writing Project
The Central Virginia Writing Project (CVWP) is one of five projects in Virginia designed to help area teachers develop as writers and teachers of writing. Based on similar principles, these seven projects are linked with the Virginia Writing Project and the National Writing Project.
The Virginia Writing Project is a statewide effort to improve the writing of all Virginia’s students, kindergarten through university. Each of the five Virginia Writing Project sites trains teachers each summer as Teacher Consultants to become change agents in their schools and school districts. During the summer institutes, fellows examine problems in the teaching of writing, present and demonstrate approaches to the teaching of writing, study current and past research in the field, write in various modes and from different points of view, and develop an in-service on the teaching of writing.
School of Continuing and Professional Studies ( University Center)
The summer brings special programs into residence at the University and at other locations. The Jefferson Symposium, will be offered in June as a “Travel and Learn” program for adults offering unsurpassed value, rich content, expert faculty, and a history of exceptional participant satisfaction. In addition, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers summer field schools in historical archaeology at Monticello, Poplar Forest, and Jamestown, and sponsors many workshops, conferences, and courses with academic departments, corporations, community, and government agencies. For further information, contact SCPS, Zehmer Hall, PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764; (434) 982-5313; www.scps.virginia.edu
UVa Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program
The University of Virginia’s full-time, twelve month Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is designed for college graduates with exceptional academic records who have not fulfilled the pre-med prerequisites and seek the science background to apply to medical school. The Program’s focus is the education and immersion of students in the pre-medical science curriculum and the practice of medicine. Premedical science courses are taught by renowned Universty of Virginia faculty. Postbacc Premed students participate in clinical shadowing and volunteer experience to help prepare them for the medical school application process. An MCAT preparation course is included in the spring semester of the program. For more information, please visit the program website at: www.scps.virginia.edu/postbac/