Online Courses Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive college credits for these courses?
Do I receive grades for these courses?

Georgia Tech is accredited through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). All Georgia Tech students will automatically receive academic credits just like any other courses you take at Georgia Tech. If you are a non-Georgia Tech student, to receive academic credits (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 and Russian (CJR) 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 as a GTPE student. We can send letters containing your grade to GTPE students upon request, but no academic credits will be given.

How much does the program cost?

All special/transient students who receive academic credit:

Please follow these steps:

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

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

All non-Georgia Tech students applying through Professional Education (GTPE) who do not receive academic credit:

Please contact GTPE office. All courses require you to have a headset for your computer.

When is the application deadline for transient/special students?

  • Summer Semester: April 1st
  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: December 1st

When is the tuition due?
When do I register/which section do I register for?

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. Register for Section U of a given course (Section U is reserved for special students).

If you are a Georgia Tech student from other campuses outside of Atlanta, register for Section Y (or other section number that will be sent to you). Your window of registration may be limited to the last phase of registration during Add/Drop period (See “Official Calendars”). (Professional Education students should consult with professional education 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 T-Square platform ( where online teaching will take place. (Russian online courses may use a separate platform besides T-Square. Contact your instructor for more instruction.) 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 Georgia Tech email does not work for some reason, let your instructor know your email address that works. If you have registered through GTPE, please contact your instructor directly and let him/her know your correct email address. For technical information on how to access online Chinese, Japanese and Russian (CJR) courses, please go to the Online Language Support Center.

I'm not sure which course I should take.

On the class schedule shown on OSCAR, there are two sections of the same online course. Section UA is for Georgia Tech students. Section U is for special/transient students. Those applying through DLPE receive T-Square access information directly from the instructor. If you try to register for an incorrect section of the course, you may receive a cryptic error message like "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 for special students and 1001-UA for Georgia Tech students). For all other cases, please go to our Online Placement Tests.

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

No, you don't have to. If you cannot come to the campus location to take 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.

How can I get an overload into an online course?

Online courses have an initial maximum of 10 for Georgia Tech students and 10 for non-Georgia Tech students. If there are spaces remaining on the first day of the semester, remaining spaces will be released to all students. If you are a Georgia Tech student, you must submit an online overload request via the Modern Languages website to be entered into the waiting list for the course. Priorities are shown below: International Plan degree, joint majors (e.g., IAML, GEML) those planning to take internship/LBAT in foreign country, minors or certificate seekers, graduating seniors, seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen, auditing students. Once your overload permit is issued, you will have 48 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.

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

Some do, and this is noted on the registration system when you register. If a class has a minimum requirement (typically, 8), and not enough students register for the class by the end of the first week of the semester, the class may be canceled. Typically, registration for online courses start slowly and the classes tend to be filled during the late registration phase.

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 required not to release any student records including your grade to other institutions unless the student makes an individual request for it. Please contact the Registrar's Office and request your transcript to be sent to your home institution.