Study Options

Standard Class Schedule

Wesleyan GLS standard class schedule courses meet once a week for twelve weeks during the fall and spring terms (September through December and January through May). Class sessions generally meet for two and a half hours, with start times between 6 and 7 p.m. Online options, weekend immersions or, less frequently, weeklong immersions, may also be available in fall and spring terms.

GLS standard class schedule students can set up meetings with faculty before class, and campus libraries are open both before and after evening classes. The GLS associate director is available, by appointment, for advising meetings before evening classes.

Summer Study

As a Wesleyan GLS student, you can choose to pursue a summers-only plan of study or you may elect to take one or two summer classes in addition to taking courses during the academic year. GLS students choosing summers-only study can complete their degree requirements in three or four summers or may take classes (including tutorials) during the academic year to complete the requirements sooner.

Summer study schedules allow students to study fulltime (three or four classes), if they wish, during this short term. Summer classes meet twice weekly for five weeks (typically the full month of July with a tag at the end of June or the beginning of August), for three hours in the morning, afternoon or evening. Most summer terms also include two weeklong immersion courses: one prior to the beginning of the term and one immediately following it. For this reason, many educators choose to pursue the GLS degree with summers-only study. Online and weekend immersion options may also be available during summer term.

Campus housing and dining, as well as libraries, athletic facilities, film series, arts series and other university resources, are available to GLS students during summer term. Housing units for GLS students are located near the Olin Memorial Library. Equipped with off-street parking, full kitchens and basic furnishings, each unit houses up to five students in private rooms; both single- and mixed-sex housing units are available. Members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) receive a special housing discount for summer study.

View our Summer 2017 Course Listing!                                                                                                                                                                                  

Immersion Courses

Wesleyan GLS immersion courses typically bring students to campus for either five consecutive or five weekend days (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) during summer term and frequently during fall and spring terms as well. In some cases, a professor will run fewer sessions on campus and teach the remaining time using Wesleyan’s online classroom (see Online Study below), allowing distance-learning students to take advantage of the immersion schedule.

While it’s possible to build an academic plan pursuing immersion study only, doing so will limit your curriculum choices. Students who do not live locally but wish to earn a degree are encouraged to pursue a combination of immersion, online and independent study.

Online Study

Wesleyan’s online study options allow distance-learning students to take advantage of select Wesleyan GLS courses.

Synchronous online courses allow distance-learning students to contribute to discussions and interact with their classmates—both online and in the physical classroom—in real time. Such courses carry the same requirements as their on-campus component. Students seeking to reserve a synchronous online seat should e-mail masters@wesleyan.edu after they have enrolled in class. Space is extremely limited and will not be held without a fully paid enrollment.

Asynchronous online courses require students to participate regularly in online discussion forums, comment on reading material and complete activities as assigned, and require the same workload as any other GLS course. Students are expected to log on many days each week to interact with classmates, but have the flexibility to do so at their convenience rather than during a set class time. Occasionally, faculty may combine asynchronous teaching and learning components with synchronous meetings on campus or online.

Please note: Our ability to provide online study options varies from term to term. All online GLS courses require regular computer access with a reliable internet connection. Synchronous online seats can only be filled by students with appropriate connectivity.

Living on Campus: Residential Study

While on-campus housing is only guaranteed to Wesleyan GLS students during the summer term (link to it here), on-campus or near-campus housing may be available to GLS degree-candidates enrolled in three or more courses per semester.