Summer Courses at Acadia

With Acadia's Summer courses, you can complete courses in as little as 3 weeks.

  • Courses are scheduled every day at the time indicated for 3 weeks (in most cases), Monday through Friday. Lab courses are scheduled 9am-4pm with the lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon.

  • Register early: low enrolment courses are subject to cancellation. To register for Summer courses, visit MyAcadia and choose "Course Catalog" in the Self Service menu. For instructions on how to add a course, please follow these steps.

  • If you are not a current Acadia student, you must apply for admission prior to registering. Please select the Undergraduate Application On-Campus. Learn more in our New Students section.


Acadia also offers online courses that you can begin at any time. Please visit Online Learning to learn more.

2024 Dates


Registration/Payment Deadline

Summer 1 (May 6 - May 24)

April 19

Summer 2 (May 27 - June 14)

May 10

Summer 3 (June 17 - July 5)

May 31

Summer 4 (July 8 - July 26)

June 21

Current Students

To register for Summer courses, visit MyAcadia and choose "Course Catalog" in the Self Service menu. Adding a course is the same process as in Fall/Winter.

For instructions on how to add a course, please follow these steps.

Please note that you are not registered until payment has been made.


New Students


If you have never applied to Acadia, or if you have not taken a course in the last 12 months, you must apply by completing Acadia's Application Form*.

  • The application fee is $40.
  • You will register as a Part-time, Independent student.
  • If you plan to take a course with us and transfer it back to your degree program at another institution, please provide a letter of permission from your home institution.
  • If the course you intend to take has a prerequisite, please provide an official transcript of your previous studies to confirm you have met the prerequisite.

Once you receive notification that your application has been processed...

To register for Summer courses, visit MyAcadia and choose "Course Catalog" in the Self Service menu. For instructions on how to add a course, please follow these steps.

Please note that you are not registered until payment has been made.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are Summer courses Acadia?
Starting in May and running through July, Acadia University offers a selection of accelerated courses 3 weeks in duration. The classes normally run Monday to Friday in 3 hour timeslots starting at 9 AM, 1 PM and 6 PM. These courses have the same academic standing as those offered in regular semesters. "Intersession" can be used interchangeably with "Summer" at Acadia.

When do Summer courses begin?
The first term begins in May and the last ends at the end of July.

Why do people take Summer courses?
Acadia offers Summer courses because they provide valuable options for our students. Students choose these courses to reduce Fall/Winter course load, pick up a missing required course, catch up on courses after switching majors, and for a variety of other reasons.

How are Summer courses different?
Although the way a course is taught and its syllabus will vary by instructor, an intersession course will be very similar in content to the same course offered in fall or winter. The courses will offer different pacing, but the same quality instruction and curriculum.

How do I register for a course?
Registration is easy. If you are a current Acadia University student you can register through Acadia Self Service and the Course Catalog. If you are a new student or haven’t taken a course within the last 12 months, please complete Acadia's application form.

How many courses can I take during the Summer terms?
A maximum of nine hours (9h) may be taken in each part of intersession, except in science courses with laboratories and graduate courses where the maximum is six hours (6h). Thus, a maximum of eighteen hours (18h) may be taken between the winter term and the subsequent fall term.

Can I use an Acadia Summer course towards my degree at another school?
In order to transfer a credit to your home university, you will have to fill out a letter of permission request form at your home university’s registrar’s office. Once approved, your letter of permission is your guarantee that your university will count your Acadia University course towards your degree. A copy of your Letter of Permission must be sent to Acadia to ensure that your mark is returned to your home institution.

The course indicates a prerequisite is required. Do you require my transcript?
Transcripts are required as proof of a prerequisite. Special permission may be granted by the instructor.

I can’t pay right now but I want to ensure I have a seat. What can I do?
You can add the course, but payment is required by the Registration Deadline. Courses with insufficient paid registrations will be cancelled. Please be sure to meet this deadline to avoid disappointment.

Can I take courses on a student loan?
You should discuss this with both your provincial student loans office and Acadia University’s Student Accounts Office. Please visit this site for more information:

Can I live on campus during Summer?
To make arrangements for accommodations on campus during Summer, please contact Residence Life.

Will I receive a refund if I withdraw?
Beginning on the first day of your course, you will be charged 10% of the registration fee per lecture day for three credit-hour courses. A lecture day is 3 scheduled hours of classes.

How do I get my textbooks?
We suggest ordering your books early for Summer courses. If a professor has placed an order with the bookstore, you can order online at . Choose your term and course and then it will show the books you need. DO NOT SEARCH BY TITLE ETC. Books may be in stock or may be back ordered but you can still order in that case and you order will be filled when the books arrive. You may on occasion see the books but it says special order. This happens when the course is quite far away or we run out of stock. If you are within 3 weeks of the course and see this contact us. If not, just check back. For questions about this, contact the Bookstore at or 902 585 1483.


Withdrawal Deadlines and Academic Consequences

Withdrawal Fees
Withdrawal fee per lecture day is 10%, starting at the end of the third day.

Academic Consequences


No Record Drop

Withdrawal (W)

Fail (F)

Summer 1

May 6-8

May 9-15

May 16-24

Summer 2

May 27-29

May 30-June 5

June 6-14

Summer 3

June 17-19

June 20-26

June 27-July 5

Summer 4

July 8-10

July 11-17

July 18-26