Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Learning Courses.
- Do I have to be a UW-Madison student? (No!)
- Does it cost more if I don't live in Wisconsin? (No!)
- Can I take these courses if I live overseas? (Yes!)
- How much does Independent Learning cost?
- How does an Independent Learning course work?
- How much time do I have to complete a course?
- When can I start a course? (Any time!)
- Can I take more than one course at a time? (Yes!)
- Is there advising to help me decide which courses are best for my needs? (Yes!)
- Can I earn credit towards my college degree from UW Independent Learning?
- Can I e-mail assignments?
- Will I be interacting with other students?
- Will I get the assistance I may need if I am disabled?
- How long has Independent Learning been operating?
- Additional FAQ's about distance education can be found on the UW Learning Innovations FAQ page .
Does it cost more if I don't live in Wisconsin?
Can I take these courses if I live overseas?
How much does Independent Learning cost?
The cost of each independent learning course is determined, on a per-credit basis, by the University of Wisconsin System. The cost for university courses is $327 per credit hour, plus a $75.00 administrative fee per course. Full-time students at UW campuses may be eligible for tuition remission. For more information, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276).
How does an Independent Learning course work?
You can now register online at the UW Independent Learning Web site! Books and course materials are available from MBS direct. You can submit your assignments to your instructor by mail or fax. Your instructor will return your graded assignments via mail, and can often be reached by e-mail, phone, or in person, if you live near Madison.
How much time do I have to complete a course?
When can I start a course?
You can start any course at any time. Our faculty and instructors are not tied to a traditional semester schedule, although you may certainly choose to complete an Independent Learning course during a semester as part of your university education.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
Is there advising to help me decide which courses are best for my needs?
In many cases, yes. Before you commit to taking an Independent Learning course as part of your degree program, you should consult your academic adviser at your own institution. Share the Independent Learning course description and course requirements with your adviser, who be able to tell you whether the credits will apply toward your degree and in which area (humanities, social sciences, etc.).
E-mail is an option for many of our courses. To find out about e-mail submissions
contact an independent learning advisor at 877-895-3276
You work directly with your instructor on a one-to-one basis.
UW Independent Learning is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for students with qualified disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, making course materials available in alternative formats (such as large print or audiocassettes) and adapting written assignment and exam procedures. To discuss accommodations, contact an Independent Learning adviser at 877-895-3276. Documentation of your disability will be required in order to provide an accommodation. Requests will be kept confidential.
Although it has changed names a few times, University of Wisconsin Independent Learning has been engaged in distance education for over 100 years.