Nondegree Distance Education | Distance and Online Education

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Want to enroll in a course?

If you are not admitted to a degree program at the UI and want to take a distance or online course, apply as Distance Education Nondegree Student and join our HAWKEYE community. 

 

Step 1. APPLY

As an undergraduate distance education nondegree student, you can enroll in courses at the University of Iowa without seeking a degree. To be admitted you will:

  • Go to: IOWA, UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
  • Scroll down to the middle of the page under Application Process and click on: Continuing Education Student Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button to enroll in your course(s).
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Continuing Education Students. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HawkID. This may take up to 24 hours.
  • Once your HawkID is set up, you may log on to MyUI to enroll in your course(s).

As a graduate distance education nondegree student, you can enroll in advanced-level courses at the University without seeking a graduate degree. To be admitted you will:

  • Go to: IOWA, GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
  • ​​​​Scroll down to the middle of the page under Application Process and click on: Continuing Education Student Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Continuing Education Students. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HawkID. This may take up to 24 hours.
  • Once your HawkID is set up, you may log on to MyUI to enroll in your course(s).

To receive graduate credit—U.S. students: Official transcripts are required as well as meeting a minimum 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA

International Students only: Submit an official transcript showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree to the Office of Admissions, 107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

Workshops are generally condensed course offerings, often spanning 3 weeks or less.

 

If you would like to enroll in a workshop, you will apply as an undergraduate or graduate Nondegree Distance Student. 

 

 

Search for workshops in MyUI by selecting "Workshops" in the Delivery Mode checkbox. 

 

Workshops are identified in MyUI by the section number ending in 0WK*.



 

Undergraduate Workshop Application
 

  • Go to: IOWA, UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
  • Scroll down to the middle of the page under Application Process and click on: Continuing Education Student Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Continuing Education Students. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HAWK ID. This may take up to 24 hours.
  • Once your Hawk ID is set up, you may log on to MyUI to enroll in your workshop.

 

Graduate Workshop Application

  • Go to: IOWA, GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
  • Scroll down to the middle of the page under Application Process and click on: Continuing Education Student Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Continuing Education Students. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HAWK ID. This may take up to 24 hours.
  • Once your Hawk ID is set up, you may log on to MyUI to enroll in your workshop.

To receive graduate credit—U.S. students: Official transcripts are required as well as meeting a minimum 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA

International Students only: Submit an official transcript showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree to the Office of Admissions, 107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

Step 2. HawkID 

You will need a HawkID and password to log into MyUI and register for courses. If you already have a HawkID and need to reset your password, you may do so on the HawkID website. If you are new to the University, you will be asked to select a HawkID and password after you submit an application for admission.

Step 3. University of Iowa Email

Email and Office 365

Office 365

The primary campus email and calendaring service at the University of Iowa is Office 365 which provides access to Microsoft Office for free over the internet. Students most commonly access Office 365 online at https://office365.uiowa.edu.

In addition to email and calendaring features, Office 365 also provides up-to-date access to other programs such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint to name a few. All of these programs are available to UI students at NO CHARGE. UI Office 365 is located online or in the cloud so you can access it virtually anywhere. Additionally, students have the option to install Microsoft Office for free on up to five personal devices.

More information on Office 365 including a full list of features can be found at https://its.uiowa.edu/office365.

Email

The University of Iowa requires every student to maintain a valid UI email account for official communication with University administration and interaction with advisors and professors. Students are expected to check their UI email regularly. Email is the primary communication source from the UI.

For your privacy and the protection of your student record, UI faculty and staff can only correspond with your UI address.

Set-up your UI email account (required):

Each student is assigned a standard University of Iowa email address, also referred to as your email alias. This is most commonly in the form of "firstname-lastname@uiowa.edu" (for example:"jane-doe@uiowa.edu").

1) You must activate this UI email address by taking the following steps:

  • Log in to MyUI using your HawkID and password.
  • Select the Student Information menu choice at the top of the page.
  • Under the MY UIOWA options (bottom left-hand side), select My Email> Request Email Account.

2) Route your email to Office 365:

  • Your UI email address needs to be routed to Office 365 and NOT an external/private account.
  • Under the MY UIOWA options (bottom left-hand side), select My Email> Update Email Routing/Forwarding Address.
  • Select the button to route to Office 365.

3) Access your UI email account:

  • Go to Office 365 email at http://office365.uiowa.edu/.
  • Log in using your HawkID and password.
  • From the Office 365 home screen click on the Mail icon.

Set email filters (optional):

  • We encourage you to set your email filter to manage which categories of student organization information you wish to receive.
  • Email accounts default to automatically receive email from all student organizations, so it is important to set your filters if you wish to restrict the amount of email sent to you.
  • Under the MY UIOWA options, select My Email> Email Account Filter.

Forward your UI email address (optional):

If you wish to have your UI email forwarded to an external or personal email address, please visit the instructions on the ITS website at https://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/102567.

We recommend you utilize the option to keep a copy of all forwarded messages in your Office 365 account.

If you choose to forward your email to a personal account, you should make sure that address is set to accept all email from uiowa.edu addresses as you are responsible for all email sent to your UI email address.

Important Information:

  • Current students should NOT route their email address to an external or personal address. All UI addresses should be routed to Office 365 and use the forward option within Office 365, if desired. UI email addresses routed to an external or private email address are not guaranteed to receive vital email sent from the UI. If you wish to access all of your email in one place, you should forward your email from your Office 365 account (see above).
  • If you’re not enrolled in a UI course, your Office 365 account will become inactive after 2 years.

  • For help using email see Email Support.

Step 4. Enroll

1. Use your HawkID and password to log on to MyUI.

2. Look up your course number and section under the COURSES/REGISTRATION tab by:

  • typing the letters for the curricular area in the Course Subject box (ex. EDTL)
  • entering the four numbers in COURSE NUMBER, and
  • typing the letter/number combination in the SECTION NUMBER box and hit Search

3. Check that the correct course is listed, then hit the ENROLL button and you should be set.
 

For additional information on browsing and enrolling in Distance and Online courses, please see:

Courses with restrictions:
Restrictions placed on course enrollment are often listed in the Registration Information or Description section of the course summary on MyUI. You will need to determine if your status will allow you to enroll in the course or follow the instructions provided to remove the restriction.

Courses with prerequisites:
Courses prerequisites are checked and enforced at the time of registration. For additional information please visit the Prerequisite Q&A page in MyUI.

Step 5: Start Your Course

After you are enrolled in a course, please proceed to our START YOUR COURSE section for additional information on logging into to your online course, finding textbook information, and other vital information.