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Winter J-Term Session Information

What is URIs new Winter J-Term Session?

An academic mini-semester over winter session (the approximately 3 week period between January 2 and the day before the spring semester begins) that consists of credit-bearing courses that offer new value-added experiences to students not possible during standard semesters and/or allow students to catch up or retake certain courses. URI’s first session will begin this coming academic year in early January 2014.

  • What are some examples of courses and programs that you could create/offer?
  • Travel courses, both international and domestic
  • Gateway courses or modules to help students catch up
  • Experiential learning opportunities, including student research, projects, service learning, and internships
  • High-demand laboratory and/or clinical courses
  • Popular general education or other existing courses

What are some of the logistics?

Faculty may choose to teach a course as part of their regular academic year teaching load or receive additional compensation at the overload rate. Teaching year loads and/or documentation of overload would need to be evaluated and supported by the chair of the department (if applicable) and Dean of the faculty member’s College.The approximately 3 week winter session will typically include 3 credit or a maximum of 4 credit courses, based on the number of contact hours. The 2014 per credit undergraduate tuition rate for Winter J-Term courses is $278, $417, and $461 for in-state, regional, and out-of-state undergraduate students, respectively, and graduate per credits rate is $356, $445, $515 for in-state, regional, and out-of-state graduate students, respectively.Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply Winter J-term credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Federal financial aid is not available, however discounted tuition is offered. Registration occurs in the fall semester. Winter J-term courses will be shown on student transcripts. Students are not eligible to graduate in this Winter J-term session. However, students completing their final course during this session should confirm spring graduation eligibility with their Dean’s Office prior to registration.

Interested in learning more?

The request for proposals (RFP) for Winter J-Term courses and experiences will be available at the May 22 meeting. If you are able to attend the May 22 event, please RSVP via email to or call 874-4408.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please email with your name and phone number. A member of the Winter J-Term session team will contact you over the next several weeks.

Winter Session Information Handout

Winter Session RFP Form

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