April 20, 2020

University to Hold Summer Session Courses Remotely

Camelia Malkami / The Chicago Maroon

All Summer Session programs and summer quarter courses in 2020 at UChicago will be shifted to online learning as a part of the University’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an email from the University last week.

Due to the switch to remote instruction, the University has also removed on-campus summer residential options for students to maintain the policy of social distancing, similar to spring quarter.

“For Summer 2020, Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute courses will run via remote instruction. As has been the case in Spring 2020, class schedules will remain as is, and instruction will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning,” the University wrote.

Other programs offered during the summer, such as the Summer Business Scholars Program and the Summer Financial Math Program, have traditionally been three-weeks long, but their schedules have been revised. The change was made to give students more time to work on projects or to take classes alongside summer internships.

The Summer Financial Math Program, geared toward the application of math, programming, and statistics within the industry of finance, will be on a seven-week schedule, from June 15 to July 31.

The Summer Business Scholars Program (SBSP), which focuses on building business and analytical skills, is now on a five-week schedule, running from July 7 to August 4 .

“Due to the shift to remote teaching, SBSP students will have an even more realistic experience of what it is like to work on cross-national and global teams in an online environment,” the University said in the email.

Due to the changes in various programs, which may affect students’ decisions to participate in the Summer Session, the application deadline for summer financial aid has been extended to April 30.