Online Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find courses being offered online in a given semester?

  1. Navigate to the schedule of classes available on the OSCAR and select the “Schedule of classes”
    Schedule of classes

  2. Select the semester in which you are interested in taking courses.
    Semester selection

  3. Select the language in which you are interested
    Language selection

  4. Explore the courses offered.  Any U/UU or UA/UAA course sections listed are courses that are offered online (e.g., Elementary Japanese I – JAPN 1001 – UA).  Special/Transient students should look for Section U or UU (e.g., Elementary Japanese I - JAPN 1001 - U). The schedule of new classes available online will be updated per the date on the academic calendar.
    Course selection

What course and section should I take?

On the class schedule shown on OSCAR, there are two sections of the same online course. Section UA or UAA is for Georgia Tech students. Section U or UU is for special/transient students. Those applying through Georgia Tech Professional Education receive LMS (Learning Management System) access information directly from the instructor. If you try to register for an incorrect section of the course, you may receive an error message such as "campus restriction error."

If you are not a heritage speaker of the language AND you have no (or almost no) experience in speaking the language, you should take the first course in the course sequence (1001-U or 1001-UU for special students and 1001-UA or 1001-UAA for Georgia Tech students).

If you have previous experience in speaking the language, please take our Online Placement Test to determine the proper course for which to register.

Course selection

Can I receive college credits for these courses?

Georgia Tech is accredited through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). All Georgia Tech students will automatically receive academic credit (to include humanities credit) just like any other course offered at the Institute.

If you are a non-Georgia Tech student, to receive academic credit (official academic transcripts), you need to be admitted to Georgia Tech as a non-degree-seeking special/transient student. The first-year Online Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian (CJKR) courses are 4-credit courses. The second-year CJR courses are 3-credit courses. Only current college students (or college graduates) can be admitted as a special student. High school students do not receive academic credits from Georgia Tech.

After completing your online course, you need to request the Registrar's Office to send your transcripts to your home institution. If you are not interested in receiving academic credits or if you are a high school student, you can register through the Professional Education office as a professional education student. We can send letters containing your grade to professional education students upon request, but no academic credits will be given.

How much does the program cost?

Georgia Tech Students: Online courses are subject to the same tuition rates as other course. Please note: Out-of-state students are charged of-out-state tuition for online classes.

Special/Transient Students:

  • Go to the Bursar's website (Tuition/Fees page).
  • Click on the term that applies
  • Find the undergraduate tuition rates for "6 hrs or less" for residents/non-residents. This is usually listed at the top.

FYI: Elementary CJKR courses (1001-U/UU, 1002-U/UU) are 4 credit hours. Intermediate CJKR courses (2001-U, 2002-U) are 3 credit hours.

All non-Georgia Tech students applying through Georgia Tech Professional Education who do not receive academic credit: Please contact the Professional Education office. All courses require you to have a headset for your computer.

When is the application deadline for transient/special students?

Summer Semester: April 1

Fall Semester: July 1

Spring Semester: November 15

When do I register and when is the tuition due?

All non-Georgia Tech students for academic credit are responsible for registering for the class through OSCAR and paying all required fees by the deadlines as indicated in your admission package. Your window of registration may be limited to the last phase of registration during Add/Drop period (See “Academic Calendar”). Professional Education students should consult with Professional Education office for relevant fee deadlines.

Please read registration information carefully for tuition payment deadline. The Registrar strictly enforces all stated deadlines, and Modern Languages is unable to intervene on your behalf if you miss your registration window, so please register and pay your tuition/fee on time.

I have registered for the course, but I don't know how to access my online course.

If you are a special/transient student, you should receive an admission package from Office of Undergraduate Admission. In it, there is information about setting up your own Georgia Tech email and computer account. It is your responsibility to set up your own computer account which enables you to have access to LMS (Learning Management System) platform (currently Canvas) where online teaching will take place. (Russian online courses may use a separate platform besides Canvas. Contact your instructor for more information).

If something goes wrong with setting up your own computer account, please contact Undergraduate Admission Office. Your instructor will contact you through Georgia Tech email, so make sure to set up your Georgia Tech email account correctly. If your email does not work for some reason, provide your instructor with a working email address. If you have registered through Georgia Tech Professional Education, please contact your instructor directly and let him/her know your correct email address.

For technical information on how to access online CJR courses, please go to Online Language Support Center.

If I take an online class from a remote location, do I have to take written exams on campus?

No. If you cannot come to the campus location to take written exams, contact your instructor at least two weeks before the exam. You can take exams at a pre-approved location near you under a pre-approved exam proctor.  Some online courses administer online exams or other forms of online assessment instead of written exams.

How can I get an overload into an online course that is full?

If you are a Georgia Tech student, you may submit an online overload request via the Modern Languages website (approval is not guaranteed).

If your overload request is approved, you will have 24 hours to complete your registration on OSCAR. If you still have not completed your registration by the end of that time period, your space may be given to other students.

Non-Georgia Tech students will not be granted overloads. They may only register if space is available in the course.

Do all online courses have a requirement for the minimum number of students?

Some do, and this is noted on the registration system (OSCAR) when you register. If a class has a minimum requirement (typically, 5), and not enough students register for the class by the end of the first week of the semester, the class may be canceled.

I took your online course in the last semester as a special student, but my university/college says they still have not received my grade. Do I need to do something to get the academic transcript for the course I took?

Yes. Georgia Tech is not permitted to release any student records, including your grades, to other institutions unless the student initiates the request. Please contact the Georgia Tech Office of the Registrar and request your transcript to be sent to your home institution.