McMaster Intersession Learning

McMaster’s Intersession learning courses are designed to provide students with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world. With a focus on interdisciplinary, experiential and community-based learning, this is a unique opportunity to help students broaden their learning, develop their critical thinking skills and build relationships with their peers.

A dynamic class does not follow the regular start and end dates, drop and add dates or withdrawal dates for undergraduate students. After you enrol in the class, you will be able to check the dates by clicking on the ‘Deadlines’ for the class under ‘My Class Schedule’ in the Student Centre.

Visit the Intersession website for more details around course offerings and support.

2022 Intersession Term Dates:
Monday, May 1, 2023 – Friday, May 26, 2023

Full-Time OSAP

If you are enrolled in a full-time course load in the entire Spring/Summer term without the Intersession course(s), then you may be eligible to receive full-time OSAP funding for all your courses that term.

If you are not enrolled in a full-time course load without the Intersession course(s), you may be eligible for full-time OSAP funding only until the study period end date of the Intersession course(s) (May 26, 2023).

This means that you may only receive full-time OSAP funding for the 4-week duration of the Intersession term. You may then be eligible to apply for part-time OSAP funding for another regular summer course.

Examples:

*You are enrolled in one Intersession course (4 weeks) and one spring course (7 weeks):

  • You may be considered for full-time OSAP funding only until the study period end date of the Intersession course (4 weeks)

*You are enrolled in one Intersession course (4 weeks), one spring course (7 weeks), and one summer course (7 weeks):

  • You may be considered for full-time OSAP funding only until the study period end date of the Intersession course (4 weeks)
  • You may apply for part-time OSAP funding for the Summer course (7 weeks)

*You are enrolled in one Intersession course (4 weeks), two spring courses (7 weeks), and one summer course (7 weeks):

  • You may be considered for full-time OSAP funding for the entire spring/summer term (14 weeks)

*You are enrolled in one Intersession course (4 weeks), one spring course (7 weeks), and two summer courses (7 weeks):

  • You may be considered for full-time OSAP funding for the entire Spring/Summer term (14 weeks)

Please note: these examples apply to programs where 30 units over in the Fall/Winter term is considered a 100% course load. Some programs have a higher unit course load requirement (Engineering, B-Tech, Nursing Level 3, etc.) Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar and our course load calculator to determine the full-time course load for your program.

Full-Time OSAP recipients for the 2022 Fall and/or 2023 Winter term(s):

  • If you received full-time OSAP for a minimum of 12 weeks in the Fall and/or Winter terms, submit an OSAP Extension Form no later than 40 days before your study period end date.

Please note: If you are only considered full-time for the 4-week duration of the Intersession course, then the deadline date to submit your the OSAP Extension Form is April 16, 2023. The Aid & Awards Office will not process Extension Forms that are received after this date.

No full-time OSAP application for the 2022 Fall and/or 2023 Winter term(s):

  • If you are enrolled in a full-time course load in the entire Spring/Summer term without the Intersession course(s), then you may apply for full-time OSAP for the Spring/Summer term only.
  • If you are enrolled in a full-time course load in only the Spring session (one 4-week Intersession course and one 7-week Spring course), you may not apply for full-time OSAP funding.

Part-Time OSAP:

If you are enrolled in only one Intersession course, then you may apply for part-time OSAP funding for the 4-week duration of the course.

If you are enrolled in one Intersession course and one regular Summer course, then you will need to submit two part-time OSAP applications (one 4-week application for the Intersession course and one 7-week application for the Summer course)

Please note: the deadline date to apply for part-time OSAP funding and to submit all your required supporting documentation is 40 days before your study period end date. If you are applying for part-time OSAP for the Intersession course, which ends on May 26, 2023, the deadline date is April 16, 2023. The Aid & Awards Office will not process applications and documentation that are received after this date.

Students who are enrolled in Intersession courses and are not eligible for OSAP may be eligible to apply for the McMaster Association of Part-Time Students (MAPS) Bursary or the Summer Undergraduate Bursary Program. More information about these bursaries can be found here.

You are considered full-time if you’re taking 60% or more of a full course load (or 40% if you have a permanent disability).

Where can I find my program’s full-time course load units?

How do I calculate full-time course load if I am taking courses in both Spring & Summer?

  • Divide the number of units you’re enrolled in by the 100% course load for one term.
  • Example: you are enrolled in 9 units, a 100% course load is 15 units: 9/15 = .6 or 60% course load

How do I calculate full-time course load if I am only taking courses in one of  the spring OR summer session?

  • Divide the 100% course load for one term by 2 and then divide the number of units you’re enrolled in by that number.
  • Example: you are enrolled in 3 units, a 100% course load for one term is 15 units (15/2 = 7.5): 3/7.5 = .4 or 40% course load.

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