Course Additions, Drops & Withdrawals

​Adding, changing, & dropping courses

Students often need to adjust their schedules by adding, changing, or dropping courses. Students registered in Summer Term courses may adjust their schedule on the MyBU Student Portal until the add/drop deadline for their particular course. No registration changes are possible once the add/drop deadline has passed.

Please note that the MyBU Student Portal will be unavailable from 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22 until 9 am on Wednesday, May 29. When the system goes down at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22 through 5 pm on Tuesday, May 28, students should submit course schedule change requests through the Summer Add/Drop Webform, and the request will be processed once the system comes back up on May 29. Students looking to add or drop courses after 5 pm on Tuesday, May 28 should wait until the system comes back up at 9 am on Wednesday, May 29 and complete the request through the MyBU Student Portal at that time.

During the downtime, students should attend any course they’re adding to their schedule and explain to their course instructor the reason they’ve not yet been added to the course roster. 

Some instructors do not allow students to join their course once it has begun. It is recommended that you register for and attend summer courses by their first meeting date. During add/drop week, if you want to add a course after it has started, you should first contact the instructor to receive permission to add.

Please note: Visiting international students must email a Summer Add/Drop Paper Form to sumintl@bu.edu in order to adjust their schedule.

Withdrawal deadlines

Absence from class or non-payment does not constitute an official withdrawal or dropped course. If your plans change and you are unable to attend a course for which you have registered, you must officially drop/withdraw from the course. Failure to do so within the add/drop deadlines for that course will result in your being held responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the course(s) in question.

Please note that the MyBU Student Portal will be unavailable from 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22 until 9 am on Wednesday, May 29. When the system goes down at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22 through 5 pm on Tuesday, May 28, students should submit course schedule change requests through the Summer Add/Drop Webform, and the request will be processed once the system comes back up on May 29. Students looking to add or drop courses after 5 pm on Tuesday, May 28 should wait until the system comes back up at 9 am on Wednesday, May 29 and complete the request through the MyBU Student Portal at that time.

Please note: If you are a visiting international student attending Summer Term on a Boston University Summer I-20, you must maintain full-time enrollment in the summer. If you have any questions, please email sumintl@bu.edu.

Deadlines for standard summer courses*, 2024

Course adjustment

Summer 1

Summer 2

12-week courses

Add a course Thursday, May 30 Monday, July 8 Tuesday, June 4
Drop without a W** Thursday, May 30 Monday, July 8 Tuesday, June 4
Drop with a W Thursday, June 13 Wednesday, July 24 Tuesday, July 9

*Standard courses are courses that start and end on the official dates of a six-week summer session (Summer 1 or Summer 2) or our 12-week session.

Nonstandard courses have a class meeting schedule that differs from an official six-week session. Add/drop dates for nonstandard courses are individually determined and can be found next to the course on the MyBU Student Portal or summer course listings.

**Tuition and fee charges remain after these deadlines have passed. Fee charges remain after the first day of the summer session.

Tuition credit schedule, 2024

Session 1 (standard 6-week courses: May 21June 28)

May 21 Last day for 100% credit on tuition, Student Services fee, and lab fees
From May 22 to
May 30
100% credit on tuition only. No credit on Student Services fee or lab fees
Starting May 31 No credit on tuition and fees

Session 2 (standard 6-week courses: July 1August 9)

July 1 Last day for 100% credit on tuition, Student Services fee, and lab fees
From July 2 to
July 8
100% credit on tuition only. No credit on Student Services fee or lab fees
Starting July 9 No credit on tuition and fees

12-week standard courses: May 21August 9

May 21 Last day for 100% credit on tuition, Student Services fee, and lab fees
From May 22 to
June 4
100% credit on tuition only. No credit on Student Services fee or lab fees
Starting June 5 No credit on tuition and fees

Nonstandard courses have a class meeting schedule that differs from an official session. The tuition credit schedule for nonstandard courses is individually determined, according to the add/drop dates listed next to the course on the MyBU Student Portal or summer course listings. The chart below explains the tuition credit schedule for nonstandard summer courses.

Nonstandard courses

“Course Start Date” Last day for 100% credit on tuition, Student Services fee, and lab fees
From day after “Course Start Date” to “Last day to drop without ‘W’ grade” 100% credit on tuition only. No credit on Student Services fee or lab fees
Starting the day after the “Last day to drop without ‘W’ grade” No credit on tuition and fees

Credit balance

A credit balance on your account may be refunded by request. Students with access to the MyBU Student Portal can make a request to refund an existing credit balance by clicking “Request a Refund” under “Student Account Inquiry” on the “My Bill & Aid” page. Please visit “Manage My Student Choice Refund Account” on the MyBU Student Portal by selecting “Student Account Inquiry” page (under “My Bill & Aid”) to enter your preferred bank account profile for your refund. Students who do not have access to the Student Link may make a request in writing by email to studenta@bu.edu or by sending a letter to:

Boston University Student Accounting Services

25 Buick Street, Suite 130
Boston, MA 02215

Note that the “Request a Refund” option should only be used if you have an existing credit balance. If you have a question about the charges on your student account, please contact the Summer Term office at summer@bu.edu or 617-353-5124.

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