Enrollment Options

Participation Without Academic Credit (Summer Scholar)

Summer Scholars are participants who wish to attend courses at the Summer Institute but do not require academic credit or a formal grade for their participation. Summer Scholars are expected participate fully in those courses. In order to initiate admission as a Summer Scholar, participants must complete the online Summer Institute application.

Applicants participating as a summer scholar will receive a full refund from the Summer Institute if they withdraw before the start of the class. There is a $250 administrative fee if the class is dropped on the first day of a one or two-week class and before the end of the first week of a four or eight-week class. There will be NO REFUNDS for classes that are dropped after these dates. In addition, students registered as summer scholars may not change enrollment status after the first day of class.  Applicants who make their payment at the time of registration will receive a 10% discount.  Workshops and webinars are not eligible for the discount.

Our classes will be available through a video conferencing system that offers high quality video, audio, and wireless screen sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.

You will need the following to participate in the program:

  • An attachable headphone/microphone (preferable) or audio from your computer
  • An attachable web camera (preferable) or a camera from your computer
  • The following bandwidth requirements

o   600kbps (up/down) for high quality video

o    1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video

o   Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)

o   Sending 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)

  • A quiet room where you can be during the workshops and lectures without being interrupted

We encourage all participants to use a web camera and a headset. We ask participants to refrain from using built-in web cams and speakers on their desktops or laptops, if possible. We know from our experience in previous online courses that this will reduce the quality of video and audio transmission and therefore will decrease the overall learning experience for all participants in the program.

Payment of Summer Scholar and workshop fees must be made in full before you will be officially registered for class. Nonpayment by a sponsor becomes the liability and responsibility of the student.

Drop/Add Deadlines and Course Cancellations

Due to the condensed nature and advanced level of the Summer Institute course offerings, it is required that students to be present on the first day of class.  Similarly, students must drop courses they will not take in a prompt manner as follows:

  • Courses meeting for four weeks or eight weeks may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. on the second day of class.
  • Courses meeting for one week or two weeks may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. on the first day of class.
  • Courses meeting for one day may be dropped/added until 5 p.m. the day before the first day of class.

In the event of low enrollments, it may become necessary to cancel a scheduled course.

Questions regarding the drop/add policy and course cancellations can be directed to the Summer Institute staff (isr-summer@umich.edu).