Should You Take Summer Courses?

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Whereas the summer means a break from academics for many students, others decide to continue studying. Although this decision will mean you miss out on other possibilities for the summer, there are various reasons why it’s worth taking summer courses.

1. Complete Your Gen Ed Requirements

Most schools only offer a small selection of their courses over the summer. In particular, they tend to focus on gen ed courses that students from all sorts of majors can take. Whereas this may seem limiting, the advantage here is you can complete some (if not all) of your gen ed requirements over the summer. Then, you’ll be able to dedicate the regular semester to the courses you’re most excited to take, such as advanced courses, seminars, and capstone graduation courses.

2. Take Courses at an Accelerated Pace

Many summer courses take place over a shorter time frame, while still covering all the material. Although this means they’re more intensive, it also makes them a great option for finishing a gen ed class you don’t find particularly engaging. You may decide to take just one accelerated course for a few weeks and have the rest of your summer free for other activities.

3. Save Money

At some schools, summer courses cost less than classes during the regular semester. It’s worth finding out if this is the case at your university. Alternatively, you may be able to save money by studying at another institution nearby. It’s often possible to take gen ed courses at another school where tuition is cheaper and transfer your credits. If you’re considering this option, make sure your university does accept credit from elsewhere.

It’s also important to find out if your financial aid will cover your summer classes. In some cases, it’s only possible to use your financial aid during the regular semester, although you may be able to take out another loan for summer tuition. There are also scholarships and grants specifically for summer courses. For more information, pay the financial aid office on campus a visit.

4. Choose from Flexible Study Options

You may think you’ll be unable to study over the summer if you want to complete an internship or you need to earn money to cover your expenses for when you return to school in the fall. In fact, it’s often possible to study at the same time as your other commitments. In addition to full-time courses, your school may offer evening, weekend, and hybrid options that fit around your job or internship.

If you do decide to take summer courses, you’ll need to consider where you’ll live. Since you won’t be able to stay on campus, you’ll need to look for rooms for rent. Oshawa students can find a new home at 17Hundred. As well as being within walking distance of campus, you’ll be around other students who have also decided to spend the summer in Oshawa. You’ll be able to meet these students in places like our TV and games room and fitness centre. Book a tour to visit the housing before you move in.