The information below relates to Summer Quarter 2017. To be notified when details for summer 2018 are available, sign up for email updates.

Current UW Students

If you are a current or incoming UW student, there are a number of great reasons to take classes during Summer Quarter. It's a perfect time to enroll in a course you need, explore a new interest or check out a special program. Earn academic credit and make this summer count.

Why UW Summer Quarter?

  • Better Access. Grab a seat in a popular course. Many courses that fill up fast during the regular academic year are open during the summer and often have fewer students.
  • Major, Minor and Requirement Courses. Catch up or get ahead with Summer Quarter classes. Check off a major requirement, a prerequisite or an Area of Knowledge course.
  • Accelerated Learning. Make the most of your time with condensed, intensive summer courses. The full quarter lasts nine weeks, and some classes are half that length.

Huge Course Selection

With nearly 2,000 courses offered in more than 100 different fields of study, we've got you covered this summer. Take a class in social sciences, engineering, computer science and technology, languages, business, health, education, the environment or one of numerous other disciplines.

To learn more about what's available during UW Summer Quarter, see the time schedule or MyPlan (which requires a login). For information on how to register for summer courses, see the Current UW Students tab on the How to Register page.

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Summer Program Offerings

Summer Quarter offers a variety of special programs, including a number of options only available during the summer. These include:

  • Intensive Foreign Language Courses. The UW offers one of the country's largest intensive foreign language summer programs. Choose from courses in everything from American Sign Language to Swahili.
  • Summer Certificate Programs. Explore a specific area of professional interest, build valuable career skills and earn a UW certificate to bolster your resume.


As a current UW student, you are eligible for campus housing during Summer Quarter. Housing is offered on a space-available basis. See the Student Resources section for more information.

Incoming Freshmen

If you're an incoming freshman at the University of Washington, you can get a head start on your academic career by taking Summer Quarter courses. For more details on how to qualify, see the Non-UW Students tab on the How to Register page of this site.