Course Registration

Closed Courses/Course Restrictions

There is a high demand for many language courses, and it is recommended that students plan ahead and register early. The following policies are being implemented for closed and restricted courses:

  • Students must receive permission to audit language courses. Arabic courses may not be audited.
  • The number of students allowed in a course is determined by enrollment limit only, not classroom capacity.
  • If a course is listed jointly with another course, then it may appear that there are seats in a closed course. These unaccounted for seats are probably full in the joint section.
  • If a language course is closed, it is recommended that you keep checking the online time schedule for an opening. You may attend the first class, but please note that there is NO guarantee a space will become available.
  • Some courses first give registration priority to MELC, N&MES, and JSIS majors.   
  • Simply declaring a MELC major will not guarantee a space in our language courses. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. If you declare a MELC major in summer you will not necessarily be able to enroll in an elementary language course for Autumn quarter.
  • Continuing MELC majors should plan ahead for the following quarter BEFORE their registration time. It is suggested that students register as soon as they are able as our language classes tend to fill up quickly.
  • Arabic language courses are not available to ACCESS, non-matriculated, or auditing students.

Add/Entry Codes

Entry codes are five-digit numbers issued to students by academic departments as authorization to add or drop in restricted course sections.

  • Entry codes are one time use codes
  • All courses require an add code in order to be added beginning the 8th calendar day of the quarter.

Time Conflicts

Students may not register online for two courses that meet at the same or overlapping times. If two courses overlap less than one hour, students must obtain verbal approval of both instructors and register in person at the Registration Office (225 Schmitz). If two courses overlap more than one hour, students must fill out the Registration Transaction form, obtain signatures of the instructors, and register in person at the Registration Office (225 Schmitz).


S/NS grading is an option that students select at registration. The S grade will not be assigned directly by the instructor but is converted from the numeric grade by the Office of the Registrar. Courses graded in this manner can only be used as free electives and cannot be used to satisfy a University, college, or department course requirement. is not computed in GPA calculations. A grade of 2.0 or above receives an for undergraduates and a grade of less than 2.0 is converted to NSNS is not included in GPA calculations. No credit is awarded for courses in which an NS grade is received. Students must choose S/NS grading before the end of the seventh week.

Credit/No Credit

C/NC grading is an option that only professors can choose for a whole course. The minimum performance level required for a CR grade is determined, and the grade is awarded directly, by the instructor. C/NC is not computed in GPA calculations but the credits may satisfy university or major requirements.

Summer Program

The University of Washington Summer Quarter is open to people from all walks of life. You can attend Summer quarter to prepare for graduate school, learn a new language, and acquire new skills to enhance your career, or learn just for the sake of learning. Classes are held during a full nine-week term or one of two four-and-a-half-week terms.

ACCESS Program

The ACCESS Program at the University of Washington allows Washington state residents aged 60 and older to audit one or two university courses per quarter on a space-available basis. The program is a great opportunity to take full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the campus, the outstanding faculty, and the diverse student population.

Non-Matriculated Students

There are two registration paths for non-degree students. The process you follow depends on the student status you choose — either nonmatriculated (NM) or graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) — and the academic quarter. (A nonmatriculated or a graduate nonmatriculated student is one who isn’t formally admitted to the University.)