Executive & Professional Programs

How to Apply: Special Student Program


Fall 2014 term begins
September 3, 2014

Applications are best received by August 4, 2014 but will be accepted until the start of the semester.

Spring 2015 term begins January 21, 2015

Applications will be accepted beginning fall 2014.  

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Contact Julia Lazarus at School of Professional Studies by emailing continuinged@brown.edu or calling (401) 863-7900.


Note: Special Student enrollment is approved on a semester-by-semester basis. Enrollment does not imply admission to candidacy for a Brown University degree.

1. Determine Your Application Type

2. Select Your Course

1. Identify the course(s) you want to take using Banner, Brown’s online registration course listing.

In the left-hand search fields:

  • Select the Term from the drop-down menu
  • Select the Subject from the drop-down menu (departments are listed by four-letter departmental code and by name)
  • Click Search to generate a list of courses offered by the selected department in the selected term
  • Click the course you want to view
    Note: if you know the departmental code and course number of the course you are interested in, select the department from the Subject drop-down menu and enter the course number in the Course Number field.
  • Confirm that there are seats available in the course (red text at the top of the course description)

2. Confirm that your experience meets the prerequisites, if any (use the search menu to view the description of any listed prerequisite courses).  If you have questions about your qualifications for taking a course, contact the listed instructor of the department.

3. Make note of the course meeting time and location.

4. Make note of the Course Code (departmental code and course number) and name of the course you wish to take (e.g. BIOL 0200).  You will need this information to complete your application.

3. Complete the Special Student Application »

Please note that a $75 application fee will be assessed during this process. AICU Language Consortium students, and Postdoctoral Fellows should contact summerapply@brown.edu for information about a fee waiver.

4. Submit Additional Materials Based on Your Application Type

Please submit applicable materials at least one month prior to the start of the term.