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Review the most up-to-date course offerings here. Offerings courses change each semester so please be sure to select the correct semester. If your semester abroad is not available for search, please be sure to select the corresponding past semester (e.g., using Spring 2020 to search for Spring 2021 courses).
As a Global Programs student you cannot self-register for classes. Your academic advisor from the Academic Resource Center will register you. Your registration will be based on the prerequisite worksheet you submit after acceptance.
Undergraduate students must register for at least 12 credits per semester. Graduate students must register for at least 9 credits per semester. This is a requirement for your student visa. The maximum number of credits is 18.
The average course at Temple University is 3 credit hours. We recommend undergraduate students take 12-16 credits per semester (4-5 classes) and graduate students take 9-12 credits per semester (3-4 classes).
Yes. You must satisfy all prerequisites for courses you wish to take (see next question).
In addition, some departments limit classes that can be taken by study abroad and exchange students. These departments include
Some departments offer some classes for non-majors, but most of their upper-level courses are for degree seeking students only. Special permission may be possible, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to enroll in these courses.
You can take classes in Fox School of Business or the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management but you must be a major in those fields and have permission from the department.
Also, all graduate course requests require department permission.
Pre-requisites are classes that you need to successfully complete in order to take a more advanced class. For example, if you would like to take French II you will need to have taken a French I course first. This ensures that students will have covered all the material necessary to be successful in their desired course.
Waitlisting gives you the choice to “get in line” for a filled section and be notified if a seat becomes available. If you waitlist, you will not be automatically registered. If a seat becomes available you will be notified through your Temple email. If notified, you must contact your advisor so you can be added to the class. If you don’t take action before the deadline indicated in the notification email, you will be automatically dropped from the waitlist.
Yes. You can change your classes before the start of the semester, as well as during the first two weeks of classes, a time designated as the add/drop period. During this period, you can continue to adjust your course schedule with the assistance of your academic advisor, provided you maintain a full-time course load.
You can drop a course during the add/drop period to remove a course from your academic record. Following the add/drop period, you can still withdraw from a class; however, your academic record will show the withdrawal and you will receive no academic credit for the course. If you are a study abroad student and you withdraw from a course, you are still responsible for paying the tuition for that course. You can only withdraw from a course with the assistance of your academic advisor.
Once you are accepted to Temple, you are assigned an academic advisor who will contact you by email with a welcome letter and your semester courses. Beyond helping you register for classes, your academic advisor’s role is to guide and support you in your academic studies.
You can contact your academic advisor by email at any time. To speak with your academic advisor in person, please contact the Academic Resource Center at 215-204-2500 or stop by the office at Mitten Hall, Suite 110 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
As a Global Programs student, you are eligible to receive one complimentary copy of your official transcript, which we will mail to the program officer at your home institution after final semester grades are posted. You must submit a transcript request form by the stated deadline to receive a complimentary transcript. After the deadline, you must order any additional copies directly through the Registrar’s Office.
An AccessNet account enables you to log in to Temple University's online resources and services, such as TUportal, TUmail, Canvas, and Temple's other systems. You will receive an email after you are accepted with instructions on how to set up your AccessNet account in order to access Temple University’s online resources.
TUPortal is the online system at Temple University that allows you to view your course schedule, access TUPay to view and pay your bill, update your address information, and access all other Temple online systems.
Canvas is Temple's primary online course management system. Canvas enables instructors and advisors to provide you with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, gradebook, and more. Instructors may supplement an on-campus class by putting their syllabi and handouts on their course sites.
If you have any questions concerning your AccessNet account or any other Temple system, please contact the Temple IT Services Help Desk using their website, by calling +1-215-204-8000, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Bursar’s Office for the most up-to-date tuition and fee information. In addition to tuition, estimate approximately $7,500 per semester for living expenses (housing and food) and $2,750 per semester for travel, books, and other personal expenses.
All international students are charged an international student fee per semester. Select courses also include additional fees, such as art courses that require materials or other courses that include field trips. In addition, all international students are required to enroll in health insurance while they are in the US. Cost varies by plan.
Because email is the official means of communication for Temple University, the university only issues electronic bills (e-bills) for currently registered students. We do not mail paper bills, but instead send notifications to your official Temple email account. You can view your bills in TUPay through your TUPortal.
You can find the billing schedule at http://bursar.temple.edu/billing/billing-schedule. You will be charged an additional payment plan fee if you do not pay your bill in full by the due date.
Temple University offers several payment methods, including check, cash, e-check and credit card. You can find more information on Temple's payment methods at https://bursar.temple.edu/payments/payment-methods.
If you don't pay your bill by the end of the semester, a financial hold will be placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from registering for future semesters and from receiving course credits and an official transcript until your balance is paid.
To apply for on-campus housing you will need to indicate interest in living on campus in your application and complete the Temple University Housing form in your Global Programs Application. Once you are accepted, you will receive more information on paying your $250 housing deposit and applying for housing. On-campus housing is limited and works on a first-come, first-served basis.
Undergraduate study abroad and exchange students live in the Global Living Learning Community (LLC) in Temple Towers. Students in the Global LLC live together with domestic students and other international students and benefit from special programs and events for LLC residents.
Global Programs will consider requests for students to live in other locations on campus, but the fulfillment of these requests is not guaranteed.
Graduate study abroad and exchange students live in Graduate Housing located in Center City, approximately 3.2 kilometers from Main Campus.
You can submit a request to change rooms after the semester has begun. You cannot change rooms before the start of the semester.
On-campus housing at Temple University is controlled by our Housing department. Their cancellation policy is included in the Housing License that all students agree to when applying for on-campus housing. Please be sure to read the cancellation policies regarding your deposit payment and possible fees. Depending on when you cancel your housing assignment, you may be responsible for cancellation fees. After the start of the semester, you cannot cancel on-campus housing.
Yes. At the end of each semester, we send a list of departing students to the housing office so the university can release you from your housing contract.
International students can usually move into their on-campus housing during the week before classes. We will send your official move-in date(s) with your arrival information.
Off-campus housing is privately owned. Contact your landlord or property manager for more information about your move-in date.
You can find meal plan options as well as instructions on how to sign up for a meal plan here.
No. You can choose your own accommodations. Many off-campus facilities around Temple University are university approved and very close to campus. Please contact the Global Programs Office if you need assistance finding off-campus housing. Review off-campus housing options here.
International students at Temple University must have valid health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements. You can find these requirements on the Temple HR website.
Yes. Temple University offers three university health insurance options. All three levels meet the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements. Learn more about the various options here.
Temple University students must have the following immunizations prior to arriving on campus:
You can learn more about these vaccinations, as well as additionally recommended immunizations, and submit your immunization form on the Student Health website.
Global Programs issues students an I-20 that they can use to apply for an F-1 visa unless otherwise advised from their home school. You will receive more information about applying for your visa after you are accepted.
You will receive information about official arrival dates with your arrival information after you are accepted. The Global Programs orientation generally begins about one week before classes start.
The Office of Global Engagement usually arranges shuttle transportation from the Philadelphia International Airport to Temple University the week prior to the beginning of classes. We will send information and registration for airport pick up to you with your arrival information and orientation schedule.
You can find directions on how to get to the university at here.
Prior to your arrival, we will send you an orientation schedule that details the dates, times, and locations of the Global Programs and campus events. If possible, we recommend arriving prior to the start of your sessions so that you will be well-rested after your long flight.
Yes! Hundreds of on-campus clubs and organizations provide wonderful opportunities for you to join, lead, make friends, have fun and expand your horizons. You will find groups for every interest: educational, multicultural, artistic, pre-professional, political, athletic, religious, service-oriented and more. Learn more about clubs and organizations at Temple, as well as other extracurricular activities by visiting the Student Activities website.
Yes! A variety of great recreational opportunities exist on campus. Your TU ID card will grant you access to our recreation facilities. For information on campus recreation access, visit the Campus Recreation website.
We encourage students to speak directly with their course instructors when they are experiencing difficulties with course material. During the first week of classes, your instructors will provide you with their contact information and scheduled office hours and how you can make an appointment to meet with them outside of class.
In addition, Temple University offers a variety of free tutoring services. The Student Success Center offers resources for academic help, including writing tutoring, STEM Tutoring, and their Language Lounge, which provides opportunities, such as a Conversation Partners Program, for English language learners to practice speaking and listening in English.
The Student Success Center is located in the Charles Library, room 230. See the Center’s website for more information. Additional subject-specific tutoring may be offered by individual schools and colleges. Individual schools and colleges may offer additional subject-specific tutoring.
Disability Resources and Services (DRS) handles any concerns that students with disabilities may have. The office is located in Ritter Annex, room 100. Speak with your academic advisor as well, as they can put you in contact with the appropriate resources. Please visit the DRS website for more information.
For non-emergencies, students have access to Student Health Services, which offers a wide variety of medical services and appointment types. Visit the Student Health Services website for more information.
Yes, all students have access to Tuttleman Counseling Services, which offers individual and group counseling, along with other services. The Wellness Resource Center also offers resources and programming to promote healthy living. Seeking counseling or other support in regards to your mental health and wellbeing is very common in the United States, so we encourage you to use these resources if you need them.