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Other Programs and Courses

Credit Courses

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a broad range of credit courses to help adult learners meet their educational objectives. These courses, some listed elsewhere in this Record under the appropriate schools and others developed by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, carry the same credit as similar courses taught on-Grounds. The school’s regional centers distribute class schedules before the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer sessions that list the courses being taught in their areas, the class locations, and times. Most credit courses meet in the evening or on weekends. Course offerings are primarily at the graduate level.

Within the limits prescribed by the residential faculty of the University and stated in the policies of each academic school and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, qualified persons may apply credit courses taken at regional centers toward degree requirements.

Many students transfer course credits earned through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to programs at other colleges and universities. Students also use credit courses for renewal of teaching licenses and other professional certificates. Students should consult their school superintendent and the Virginia Department of Education or other certifying bodies for licensure requirements.

Noncredit Programs


Noncredit programs are designed for individuals who want substantive intellectual activities but who do not need additional credit or degree study. Such programs often explore complex issues in formats that best suit each offering’s distinctive educational agenda.

The flexibility of noncredit programming also permits faculty from different disciplines to share their insights on subjects in a way that would not be possible in a traditional class format.

Noncredit programming fosters collaboration between University of Virginia faculty and renowned scholars from other institutions; political, cultural, and business leaders; and noted artists and authors. Program developers work closely with other University faculty and frequently with representatives of the client audience in designing these programs to ensure that the University extends its teaching and research resources productively to the citizens of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Organizational representatives and individuals are encouraged to discuss their education and training needs with program developers from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, who can respond rapidly and effectively to such needs. For further information, telephone any of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies centers or program offices, or view offerings online at

Community Scholar Program


The Community Scholar Program is a nondegree program offered by the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Through this program, adults can enroll in the regular, on-Grounds credit courses of the University. Community Scholars may enroll for an unlimited number of semesters, but may take no more than two courses per semester, along with any dependent laboratory or discussion sessions, for a maximum of eight credit hours. Participants have the opportunity to study with renowned faculty of the University of Virginia, enjoy the same intellectual challenges as students enrolled in degree programs, and earn college credit for their work.

Community Scholars bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to this program and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Enrolling in undergraduate courses through the Community Scholar Program allows participants to meet these varied needs whether or not a college degree has been previously earned. Interested participants who hold a college degree may enroll in either undergraduate or graduate level courses.

This program serves many purposes for the adult learner. Community Scholars pursue both professional and personal objectives. Some are advancing their careers by studying recent developments in their fields. Others are working to satisfy prerequisites for advanced study in medicine, engineering, or education, or exploring a graduate department's course offerings prior to applying to its formal degree program.

The Community Scholar Program does not grant degrees. A part-time bachelor's degree program, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS), is offered by the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Those who wish to earn a degree full-time at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville must apply to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions or the appropriate graduate school of the University.

Community Scholars may choose courses from departments and schools throughout the University with the exception of the Schools of Education, Law, and Medicine. Faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community Scholar to a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. While this is an unusual occurrence, special circumstance may lead to such a decision.

Community Scholars must obtain permission of the instructor to enroll in each class. Instructors may be reached by referring to the University Registrar's Web site at: Permission forms can be obtained online at or by visiting the Charlottesville Center. For students interested in enrolling in graduate level courses, proof of an undergraduate degree will be required at the time of registration. Participants that wish to enroll in the McIntire School of Commerce, 300-level and above Engineering courses, 700-level and above English courses, or Nursing courses with course mnemonics beginning with NUIP, will need to provide actual transcripts of all previously completed college credits to the Charlottesville Center several weeks prior to the start date of classes. This information will be forwarded to the appropriate department to assure that the needed prerequisites have been completed for your desired course(s).

Contact the Community Scholar office at (434) 982-4789 or e-mail us at for additional information. A comprehensive Web site for the Community Scholar Program can be found at

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