Now that we’re almost in March and the Summer 2020 course schedules are available, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about summer – summer courses, that is. As someone who has taken quite a few summer courses during their time at York University, I am here to help you consider whether or not to take on a summer course load in 2020!
As always, if you are unsure about taking summer courses, or which courses to take, you should speak with your Faculty’s Academic Advisor.
Note: Each Faculty has different limits for the number of credits you can take during the summer session. Please confirm your Faculty’s guidelines before enrolling in any Summer courses.
1. Schedule Flexibility
If you don’t already know, summer courses at York U are divided into three terms: S1 (early May to mid-June), S2 (mid-June to mid-August), and SU (early May to mid-August).
Depending on your preference and personal plan for the summer, the shorter duration of S1 and S2 terms can be beneficial because you can finish a course in just a month and a half. It is important to keep this in mind when you’re selecting your courses, because the S1 and S2 terms offer accelerated courses over an 8-week period instead of the 12 weeks we’re used to in the Fall/Winter terms. If you find that your learning style needs the full 12 weeks, then you may want to stick to SU courses.
Another thing to consider is the number of credits you want to take! Courses with a higher credit value may meet on a condensed schedule with multiple classes per week. Before you sign up for the course, consider how you will manage your time to handle the schedule and pace.
Personally, when I took my first S1 course, I did not really understand how it worked yet. After two weeks I started changing my study habits to adapt to the pace of the course. Once I got the hang of everything, it was great for me, because I found that style of course to fit my learning style and I was able to finish three credits in under two months. Trust me when I tell you how accomplished you will feel once you are done with a S1/S2 course!
2. You can take Summer courses all over the world!
If you want to enrol in summer courses but you also want to go back home if you’re not from Toronto or travel somewhere new, York U has some amazing options for you!
Did you know you can take York U courses abroad? Summer Abroad @ York U offers courses in places such as Los Angeles, the Netherlands, the Philippines and many more locations. All the courses are taught by York U Professors, too. Maximize your time at University and do some summer courses while you visit your home country or travel to a new one. For more information, please visit the Summer Abroad @ YorkU website and check out the York International Calendar to see their information session schedule.
- Online Courses
Even though online courses are offered during the Fall and Winter terms as well, I found them to be the most beneficial in the Summer. These courses can be done on your own time, so if you want to spend time in the sun or spend the days with your family and friends, you can enrol in online courses and study from home! Visit the courses website and choose eLearning Courses under your Search tab to explore your options for online (ONLN) courses.
3. Early Graduation
During my first year, a lot of my friends and I were still in the mindset of how high school works, which meant we all thought ‘summer school’ is meant for grade improvement for some courses you did not do very well in during the school year. However, summer courses at university are different. You can enrol in new courses, but you are also more than welcome to retake a course if you want to.
If you apply for different courses than during the Fall/Winter term, you can accumulate credits and graduate earlier! If you want to dedicate a bit of your time and effort to go to school in the summer and get ahead of your credit requirements, it will definitely pay off when you get to hold your degree much earlier than expected.
We hope this blog post has shown you the advantages of taking summer courses. If you are now convinced, don’t forget to check your enrolment time and start looking for the various classes that are offered in the summer!
Did you have any other questions about Summer Courses? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @YorkUStudents!