Academic Policies

Eligibility & Requirements

Participation in January Term 2021 is limited to University of Virginia undergraduate students in Good Standing who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will need the approval of their Association Dean (CLAS) or Academic Dean (Architecture, Commerce, Nursing, and SEAS). Applicants for a January Term Study Abroad program must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Visiting students are invited to apply for January Term. More information may be found at January Term Visiting Students.

Academic suspension begins at the end of the fall semester and takes precedence over any earlier plans to participate in January Term. Suspended students who enroll in a U.Va. January Term class will have their registration cancelled and tuition refunded.

Students may only register for one January Term course.

Students enrolled in a January Term course are expected to attend each class meeting.

University of Virginia December 2020 Degree Candidates may NOT count January Term work toward their degree.

January Term students are subject to the University of Virginia's academic, financial, and non-academic rules and regulations.

Grading Options

Permission to take a course CR/NC must be granted by the course instructor. Changes in grading option must be made in-person by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 4th.

Auditing is not allowed in January Term.

Schedule Changes*

Students should select their courses carefully. The last day to add a class is Sunday, January 3, 2021. The last day to drop a class is Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Course changes will be made in SIS. A student who drops a January Term course by January 3, 2020 and does not add a new course will receive a full refund.

There will be NO refunds after January 5, 2021.*

Course withdrawal must be completed in-person at the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs. Course withdrawal is permitted on January 6, 2021. There is NO refund for a course withdrawal.

*Note: There are separate policies for schedule changes and refunds for January Term Study Abroad. Consult the ISO for details (434)982-3010,