You’ve Been Admitted to Tulane for the Spring! What Can You Do in the Meantime?
It’s your choice! Your admission to Tulane is secure for the spring semester, so what you choose for the summer and fall can be as wide as your imagination. You could take some classes elsewhere – even study abroad — to stay on pace to graduate in May of 2024. You could take time off to work, explore new cultures or participate in a service opportunity.
Think of this time as a bridge to your next step, a launching pad to your future. Weigh your options, and make the choice that’s best for you. In order to assist you, The Office of Undergraduate Admission has compiled this guide to help you navigate your many opportunities.
The Virtual Fall for Spring Scholars program is a one-time program created in response to COVID-19 for students to have a safe, secure plan for the fall semester hosted by Tulane.
While our abroad partnerships are still all planning to move forward for the fall, Virtual Fall provides an alternative option for students during these uncertain times. Virtual Fall is a part time program at 11 credits, and students cannot take classes elsewhere simultaneously. Students may choose to supplement their part-time status with Tulane’s online summer courses prior to starting in the fall.
Benefits of Virtual fall include: no need for credit transfer approval, Spring Scholars take classes together taught by Tulane professors, mentorship from former Spring Scholars, virtual access to Tulane’s academic service resources, and an enrichment seminar about Tulane and New Orleans.
Virtual Fall is an online only program—students are discouraged from moving to New Orleans to take part in this program as Tulane housing resources in person will not be available. Tulane will also be taking extra precautions over the next semester due to COVID-19 regarding visitors using Tulane facilities, and may implement restrictions to those who are not full-time students, faculty or staff.
Virtual Fall courses will fill core curriculum requirements for all undergraduate students and majors. Course selections will be chosen based on the needs of the students who enroll in the program. Students can deposit for Virtual Fall in their Green Wave Portal, and those who do not deposit for Virtual Fall by Friday, May 15th are not guaranteed a spot in the program. Please note that this is a separate deposit from the enrollment deposit that was due on May 1. The subsequent two payments due June 15 (25% tuition) and August 1 (tuition remainder) will secure a student's spot in Virtual Fall. Anyone who would like to join after May 15th may be considered based on availability.
Studying abroad has many advantages and Tulane recognizes the benefits of international exchange. Studying in a different culture broadens your perspective, can help frame your interests, and expands your network of contacts. The benefits of study abroad can have a lasting and positive impact on the remainder of your university career and beyond. The perspectives shared between classmates from many different cultures and backgrounds shape conversations in ways that would never occur in a homogenous classroom setting.
Tulane has established agreements with two American institutions in Europe. Each is US-accredited, and the instruction is offered in English. If you choose to participate in this program, during your fall semester you would register as a full-time student and pay that university’s tuition and fees. Housing and class registration will be handled through the abroad institutions. Spring Scholars in the abroad programs can develop bonds as a Tulane cohort which can lead to an established network of friends before arriving at Tulane in the fall.
All of our abroad partnerships have flexible deadlines and will accept students until May, sometimes later depending on availability. Students do not have to have committed to Tulane before applying to the programs, but must ensure to still deposit to Tulane by May 1. Rome, Paris and London do not require deposits right after being accepted, but UIC in Barcelona does (approx. 15 day deposit deadline), so be sure to only apply to UIC once you are nearly ready to commit.
A global, vibrant and diverse city that is home to Shakespeare and Harry Potter, studying at Richmond means that you will be located in the most prestigious and safest part of London: Richmond on the river Thames. All of London with its museums, galleries, theatres, clubs and pubs is easily accessible. Richmond’s three academic schools offer a variety of programs in the American Liberal Arts curriculum, including Art History, Business, International Relations, History and Communication.
Richmond will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year.
The American University of Paris is located in downtown Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. The central setting provides students an urban college experience with a globally diverse student body. Paris plays a central role in the many courses offered including courses in: Art History, Political Science, and Business. The Fall Semester in Paris program also provides a unique opportunity to learn or hone your French language skills in a full immersion setting in the heart of France, while still receiving all your classroom instruction in English.
AUP will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year. The visa process will be slightly different, but students who are not yet 18 may join the program.
John Cabot University is located just south of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. JCU is a small Liberal Arts university that offers a variety of student life resources. You may select from a variety of courses that allow you to study onsite at some of the most important cultural heritage sites in the world. Or, you can select classes that provide greater insights into the social, cultural, and political environment of Italy and Europe.
John Cabot is not able to provide visa documents for minor students, and they do not allow minors to stay in JCU housing. All students who wish to participate in this program must turn 18 prior to its start on August 24th, 2020.
The International University of Catalonia’s (UIC) School of Architecture is located in Barcelona, the cradle of Modern architecture in Spain. Barcelona offers the opportunity to learn about architecture through prestigious architects as Gaudi or renowned artists as Dali, among others.
Apart from the rich cultural environment, students will also enjoy pleasurable weather and stunning beaches and mountains. UIC offers theoretical and practical tools necessary to enrich the professional profile of future architects with a global perspective.
This visiting program is geared toward Spring Scholars who are interested in pursuing the study of Architecture only. Classes are taught in English.
UIC will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year. Students will not need a visa as class time will be 85 days, which is 5 under the 90 day limit.
You should apply to UIC once you are nearly ready to commit. UIC's policy is that students pay their deposit in a timely manner (approx. 15 days) after being admitted.
One way you can ensure on-time graduation is to take courses in the fall that will count toward Tulane degree requirements. Credits earned at a community college or at a local university may be eligible to transfer to Tulane. You can also explore study abroad educational opportunities.
Spring Scholars may choose to enroll in community college during the fall. Community colleges often encourage students to apply promptly to allow ample time for placement testing and academic advisement. Tulane does not have a preferred community college, so choose a school that is convenient for you.
If you choose to take classes at a local college or university during the fall, we highly encourage you to enroll on a part-time basis. Spring Scholars should not enroll at a four-year institution under the false pretense of completing their degree there. Doing so may take up a valuable space for someone else. We advise students to look to register for part-time, visitor status, continuing education, or extension/professional studies programs, etc. at another institution.
If you receive federal student aid at another college or university during the fall, this may impact the level of federal student aid you are eligible to receive once you commence at Tulane in the spring. If your receipt of federal aid in the fall limits your eligibility for federal aid in the spring, then please note that Tulane is unable to offset such reductions with institutional assistance.
Before enrolling elsewhere for the fall, familiarize yourself with Tulane’s transfer policies and practices, and review the transferring credit process. The only credits that we can guarantee will transfer are those earned from Tulane’s summer school program and the credits earned in pre-approved classes as part of our abroad partnerships in Europe. While we cannot pre-screen credit earned at another institution for transfer approval, if you provide us with proof of enrollment in the course(s) by sending an unofficial transcript and course syllabi to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be able to tell you if it is likely the credit will transfer.
Tulane offers summer sessions with shorter courses, smaller class sizes and the opportunity to explore topics and interests you may not ordinarily have time for during the normal school year. You may take a full course load (approx. 12-15 hours) of classes during the summer at Tulane. Taking courses in the summer will also give you the opportunity to get acquainted with campus before returning in January.
Specialty programs include the Business Minor Summer Institute, Real Estate Summer Minor, Contemporary Film Industry, and more! Explore all the options at Tulane's Summer School website.
Many students also choose to gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills through internships and paid work. These opportunities teach valuable skills such as time management, responsibility, and improved communication skills. Community colleges may also allow you to complete an internship for academic credit. Check with their advising or career office for more information.
Students may elect to pursue a meaningful service opportunity for the semester in place of taking courses. Service is a central component of a Tulane education.
Have more questions? Refer to our Spring Scholars FAQs.
Connect with other Spring Scholars on our official Facebook group: Tulane University Class of 2024 Spring Scholars, as well as Tulane University Class of 2024. It's a great way to get to know other students before you arrive on campus!