Registration and Course Policies

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Other Learning Options

The following learning options are available to matriculated students. Please see your academic advisor to develop these learning options.

Guided Independent Study

Generally, a 3-credit learning mode in which one to four students meet individually or in a group with an instructor for a minimum of 9 contact hours over the semester. This mode of learning is generally undertaken by students who have demonstrated to their advisor’s satisfaction their ability to complete the study without direct, ongoing supervision. GISs are usually upper-level, require previous coursework in the discipline, and demand extensive reading, writing, and research.



A learning mode involving one to four students and an instructor who meet 22.5 hours a semester for 3 academic credits. Students undertaking tutorials should have demonstrated the ability to undertake semi-independent, focused coursework.

Additional Information

Other learning options may work particularly well in the summer semester if you have a work schedule or travel plans that don’t allow you to take a course or intensive. In these learning modes students work with an instructor to develop content and write a course description. With guided independent study, students must be prepared to take primary responsibility for their learning; faculty act as guides and are available for feedback and dialogue. These modes are not generally well suited to experiential or hands-on learning that involves a lot of instruction; advisor permission is required for these learning modes.  Course descriptions must be written and approved prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are interested in one of these learning options, please, speak to your academic advisor (matriculated students) or the Admissions Office (non-matriculated students) for more information. Available faculty for particular areas of interest include:

To Register

Registration forms are available from the Admissions Office at the College, or by calling 802-862-9616, or on the Web at Non-degree students may even register by phone – please have the information for the course(s) you want, and credit card info, handy. Unless otherwise arranged in advance with the Business Office, all registrations must include payment in full.


Financial Aid

Degree students – call the Burlington College Financial Aid Office for information. Non-degree students may be eligible for a (Vermont resident only) non-degree grant. For more information, call Vermont Student Assistance Corporation at 802-655-4050 or toll-free at 1-877-865-7787.


Add/Drop Policy

All requests to add and/or drop a course or other learning activity at Burlington College must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office. You may see your advisor to fill out add/drop forms, but a letter must also be included to the registrar for VSAC notification. Inquiries regarding our add/drop policies may be directed to the Registrar's Office. Students who drop a course and add another after the 100% refund period expires (this includes workshops) are given the stated refund for the dropped course and are charged full tuition for the added course. There is a $100 fee for each learning activity dropped after the free add/drop period for students whose changes do not affect their enrollment status. Note: Courses may be dropped during the one-week free add/drop period, but students are strongly encouraged "try" courses they are interested in adding during this period. No student may enter a course for the first time during the second week of classes.