5 Advantages of Taking Online Summer Courses

Spring semester is flying by and summer is just around the corner. The sun and sand might be calling your name, but consider the benefits of taking courses online for all or part of the summer months. In recent years, summer semesters have become a popular option for students who are looking to remain productive once the spring term ends. The University of Georgia offers select courses online during the summer in a variety of programs.

Catch Up Or Move Ahead In Your Program: During the spring semester, review summer class listings from the Registrar’s office. Speak with your academic advisor and try to pinpoint classes you need to complete degree requirements, or perhaps even take an interesting class for fun or personal development if you can! If you are currently behind in your program, summer classes are a great way to catch up again. You can try to register for classes that may have been full during your fall and spring semesters. If you are on track with your graduation plan, summer classes are a good way to work ahead or lighten your class load for the next fall term.

Opening Up Your Fall For Other Opportunities: When enrolled in summer courses, you can open up your schedule to complete internships during the fall when the dash to land internships is less competitive. If you are a graduate student with mandatory practicums or internships, you can benefit from summer courses in the same way.

Convenience and Flexibility: Online courses give you the opportunity to plan study time around the rest of your summer plans, instead of the other way around. You can work at a summer job during the day and complete your coursework at night. Lectures and other class materials/assignments are available to you online, so there is no need to worry about fighting traffic, missing important family time or waking up early for class.

Save Some Money: Taking online classes can help you save on living expenses! You can practically study anywhere with an internet connection, so no need to worry about the time or cost of a commute to school. Not having to drive to school means not having to pay for parking, too! If you usually stay with your parents over the summer, you also can save on the rent you would pay if you needed to attend classroom courses. 

Take Advantage of Shorter Terms: The length of a summer class is shorter than its fall or spring equivalent. Since summer break is about three months long, course content is condensed to fit the length of the term. This allows you to get through classes quickly if you prefer a faster-paced learning experience.

Find more information on summer courses on the UGA Summer site.