Special Student Program
Summer Session 2014 begins
June 23, 2014
Fall 2014 term begins
September 3, 2014
Applications are best received by August 4, 2014 but will be accepted until the start of the semester.
Spring 2015 term begins
January 21, 2015
Applications will be accepted beginning fall 2014.
The Special Student program supports adults who wish to pursue academic work outside of a traditional university degree program. Special Students may apply to take up to two undergraduate courses at Brown in the fall, spring, or summer terms.
Enrollment as a Special Student is approved on a semester-by-semester basis and does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree.
What Type of Special Student Am I?
There are several types of Special Students coordinated through Brown University School of Professional Studies:
- Post-baccalaureate undergraduate students: For adults holding at least a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) who wish to take a course either for undergraduate credit or as an undergraduate auditor. This type of special student includes Brown employees who wish to take a non-work-related undergraduate course.
- AICU Language Consortium students: For students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a participating Rhode Island institution who wish to take a course in a foreign language not offered at the student’s home institution.
- Postdoctoral Fellows: For Brown-affiliated postdocs in fields other than Biology and Medicine who wish to take an undergraduate course either for credit or as an auditor (see below if you are a postdoctoral fellow in Biology and Medicine).
- Advanced Secondary School students: For qualified rising and graduated high school seniors who wish to take an undergraduate course during the fall or spring semesters. For courses during the summer, learn about Summer Session and Pre-College Program options.
The following types of special students are NOT coordinated through the School of Professional Studies; to apply for one of these programs, contact the applicable office.
- Brown University employees who wish to take a work-related course should apply to the Employee Education Program (EEP) coordinated through the Benefits Office. Employees who wish to take Brown courses as degree candidates or who wish to take courses at an institution other than Brown should contact Michele Wise firstname.lastname@example.org in the Benefits Office to learn about applicable guidelines of the Employee Education Program.
- Students currently enrolled in undergraduate programs at institutions other than Brown who wish to take an undergraduate course (other than a Language Consortium course, as described above) should apply to be a visiting undergraduate student through the Office of College Admission.
- Students who have been out of high school for six years or more and have not yet completed their undergraduate degree, who wish to matriculate at Brown as undergraduate students, should contact the Office of College Admission about applying to the Resumed Undergraduate Education Program.
- Post-baccalaureate students wishing to take a course for graduate credit should apply to be a special student through Brown’s Graduate School.
- Postdoctoral Fellows in Biology and Medicine, including Teaching Fellows, MDs, and PhDs, should apply to be a special student through Brown’s Graduate School, and contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in the Division of Biology and Medicine with any questions.