I am not a student at The University of Texas at Austin. May I take University Extension courses?
Yes! Anyone qualified to earn college credit may enroll in University Extension online classes.
If you wish to use your course credits toward graduation or to transfer credits to your degree program at your home institution, be sure to check with your academic advisor to learn about any deadlines your college or home institution might impose, and then plan accordingly.
Do I have to be in Austin or Texas to take an online course from University Extension?
No. University Extension online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world where you have access to the Internet.
How do I register for a UEX online course?
If you are looking for a semester-based course, check the calendar to confirm that registration is open for the semester in question. Self-paced online courses are always open for registration.
Browse our course listings to find the course that you need.
Once you are ready to register, simply add any course (or courses) to your shopping cart and check out. You can pay online with a credit card, or select another payment option in order to be invoiced. If you do not already have a UT electronic ID (UT EID), you will acquire one through the checkout process.
How much does it cost to take courses from UEX?
University Extension courses are individually priced, and the price per course is the same for all students, regardless of residency status. Courses fees range from $350-$1500. Some of the factors that affect the price include the number of credit hours, the field of study, the level of credit (i.e., undergraduate or graduate), and the materials needed for a particular course. All semester-based course fees contain a non-refundable $95 processing fee. University Extension is not state supported, so the amount we charge for a course is directly proportional to what it costs us to provide it. Since the cost to provide a course does not depend on a student’s grade status, there is usually no difference in the fees for students auditing or taking courses for grades. Consult the specific course listings for the total course fee and see Course Costs, Fees, and Refunds policies for more details.
Who teaches University Extension courses?
University Extension courses are taught by UT Austin professors or instructors approved by UT Austin academic departments and colleges.
Will my University Extension course count toward my degree?
Credit for University Extension courses is usually accepted towards a degree. However, because acceptance of credit is always determined by the receiving institution, we strongly recommend that you consult with your academic advisor before enrolling to confirm if and how University Extension credits will count in your degree plan.
Will my University Extension course appear on a UT Austin transcript?
Yes, your credit will appear on a University of Texas at Austin transcript. You will not automatically receive a transcript. You must order one through UT’s Office of the Registrar, Transcript Services.
For UT Austin students, your University Extension self-paced online course grade will be averaged into your cumulative grade point average.
What is the process for transferring University Extension credits to my home institution?
If you wish to use your University Extension course credits toward graduation or to transfer credits to your degree program at your home institution, be sure to plan well. Check with your academic advisor to learn about any deadlines your college or home institution might have and schedule your own pace and target completion date. Remember that it will take two to three weeks after you take your final exam for your final course grade to appear at the UT Registrar’s office. If you need an official transcript, you must order it through UT’s Office of the Registrar, Transcript Services.
Can I use the university's libraries?
Yes. Non-UT students pay a $10 library fee, per registration, which entitles them to use proprietary databases and to check out materials from any of the University of Texas Libraries. You can access the online databases on the UT Libraries website using your UT EID. To check out physical materials, you will need to obtain a temporary borrower’s card from the Perry-Castaneda library, the main library, located at 101 E. 21st Street on the main UT Austin campus. Please bring a copy of your University Extension receipt to the information desk at the library entrance, and they will be able to issue you the borrower’s card, which will be active through the semester you are enrolled with us.
Can I earn a degree from University Extension?
University Extension does not offer degrees. Credit you earn in University Extension courses may be applied toward degree credit at a college or university, depending on the school’s transfer policies. Students pursuing a degree elsewhere should consult with their advisors to determine extension course applicability to their degree.
What do I have to do to be admitted to University Extension?
University Extension does not have a formal admissions process, but students must meet certain criteria in order to remain enrolled. See Eligibility policies for more information. Qualified students may register online or submit registration forms by fax, by mail or in person.
Will taking a University Extension course help me gain admission to The University of Texas at Austin?
University Extension students who wish to be admitted to UT Austin’s regular program must follow the normal admissions process. Since our courses are from the university's course inventory, follow the same syllabi as courses taught on the main campus to enrolled students, and are taught by instructors approved by the university's academic departments, our courses will give a very good indication of the quality and rigor of UT Austin coursework. Taking University Extension courses will not influence the admissions process, but it can reduce "transfer shock" and make for an easier transition if you are accepted to the university.
How do I get a UT electronic ID (EID)?
If you are a first-time University Extension student who has never received a UT EID, you can create your UT EID and password as the first step in the online registration process. If you are a current or former UT student, you should use your regular UT EID to register for University Extension courses.
Can I qualify for health insurance by taking University Extension Courses?
Students taking courses only through University Extension do not meet eligibility requirements for The University of Texas System Health Insurance Plan. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Employee Benefits.
Semester-Based Specific FAQs
Can I sit in on or “shop” for semester-based courses without registering for them so that I can see if I really want to take them?
“Shopping” for courses is not permitted in University Extension. All courses must meet minimum enrollment before they can be declared “made.” Students and instructors need to know as early as possible whether their courses have “made” and allowing students to “sit in” on a course without registering unfairly delays this process for those who are willing to commit.
How do I know whether my semester-based course has made?
You will receive an email indicating when a course you are enrolled in has been made or canceled. You should not attend class until you have received an email that it will be meeting.
Can I transfer from one semester-based class to another?
Where is my semester-based class going to be held?
Face-to-face semester courses meet on the main UT Austin campus, while online cohort courses are conducted online. The location of classes will be included in the email you receive declaring that your course has made. If you register for a course after it has been made, the location will be printed on your receipt.
How quickly can I complete a UEX online cohort course?
Online cohort courses follow the UEX semester calendar, which generally follows the UT Austin semester calendar. UEX semester courses start a few days later than UT Austin classes. See the UEX calendar for specific registration dates.
If I drop a semester-based class, do I get a refund?
The last day to get a full refund occurs about two weeks before classes begin. The last day to get a 50% refund generally occurs a day or two after classes begin.
Does my financial aid cover my semester-based UEX course?
University Extension semester courses can count toward your “full course load certification” as part of your total course package if you have obtained the proper approvals from your dean’s office (when needed). In most cases, financial aid is available to admitted UT Austin students who are enrolled for six hours or more in the regular day program. See our financial aid page for semester courses for more information.
Self-Paced Specific FAQs
How do UEX self-paced online courses work?
Once you enroll in one of our self-paced online courses, you will access your course through the course login page (link posted on our homepage). You will log in with your UT Electronic ID (UT EID) and password. If you don’t already have a UT EID, you will acquire one through our registration process. You can access your course from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
How long do I have to complete a self-paced online course?
You have five months to complete coursework (including taking all midterm exams and having them graded), and then have 30 days in which to take your final exam. You must always request your final exam before your course expiration date. See University Extension Policies for more information on course completion policies and extension options.
Can I take a self-paced online course pass/fail?
Yes, but it isn't always wise to do so.
When you enroll in a University Extension self-paced online course, you are allowed to choose your grading option to take the course either for a letter grade or pass/fail. Most courses required for a degree must be taken for a letter grade, so before you choose the pass/fail option, check with your academic advisor if you are concerned about earning credit. You may change your grading option one time during your enrollment in a self-paced online course by submitting a request in writing before you have completed 50% of your assignments.
Examine your enrollment receipt carefully to make certain you have indicated the correct grading option. Once the final course grade has been reported to the Office of the Registrar, it cannot be changed. If you do not attend The University of Texas at Austin, your college or university has the option of accepting your grade toward your degree requirements.
How quickly can I complete a UEX self-paced online course?
Pretty quickly - especially if you are motivated and consistent in completing your assignments and taking your exams. As soon as you get instructor feedback on one Learning Module, the next one opens up, so the faster and more consistently you pace yourself, the faster you can complete the course. The total amount of time required will depend partly on the course you take, since some courses have more Learning Modules than others. It is possible to finish the coursework, not including the final exam, in all our courses within a few months. You then have up to 30 days to complete your final exam, and you’re done! You can preview the number of Learning Modules in each self-paced online course on each course’s description page.
How do I take exams in an online course?
Midterm and final exams must be taken in person at an approved testing site. You will request your exams via the "Exams" link on the homepage of your course. Exam requests must be approved before you can take your exam, and you must take your exams at an approved testing location. When making your exam request, you will indicate if you are taking the test at the university's Testing Center, a pre-approved testing site on the main UT Austin campus, or if you would like to request that the exam be mailed to an alternate, approved testing site. If your exam expires, or if you wish to change testing sites and you still have time remaining in your course, we may be able to reprocess your exam for an additional fee. Your exam will not be reprocessed for any reason once your course has expired.
- Midterm Exam Requests
You are eligible to request a Midterm Exam any time after you begin a course. However, it is strongly recommended that you allow yourself adequate time for learning and exam preparation prior to requesting your exam. Your exam will be held at the testing site for a maximum of 30 days. It will be fewer day if you request your exam with fewer than 30 days left before your course expiration date. You must request your midterm exam at least 5 business days prior to your course expiration date. If you exam expires, or if you wish to change testing sites and you still have time remaining in your course, we may be able to reprocess your exam for an additional fee. Your exam will not be reprocessed for any reason once your course has expired.
For international students taking their exam outside the U.S., please allow up to two weeks for proctor verification.
- For Final Exam Requests
It is critical that you request your Final Exam on or before your course expiration date. To be eligible to request your Final Exam, you must have all assignments submitted and have your midterm graded. (Please note: Instructors are given up to 5 business days to grade all exams.) Your final exam will be held at the testing site for a maximum of 30 days. Students may complete their Final Exam after their course has expired, as long as it is before the Exam Take by Date noted in the exam confirmation email.
For more information about testing, see online course policies.
Technical Requirements for Online Courses (semester-based & self-paced)
How do I get technical help with my course?
For help with technical problems, such as Canvas or course media issues, email UEX Tech Support.
What are the computer requirements for online courses?
Our online courses require the following hardware and system software:
- Personal Computer (Windows or Macintosh) with:
- Sound card
- Speakers and/or headphones
- Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended)
You will need to have the following plug-ins installed in your computer:
Our courses are best viewed with a color monitor set at a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
Screen resolution settings can be adjusted in the display options for Windows users and in the control panel for the Macintosh.
If you are having problems adjusting your settings, consult your operating system manual.