Hello again everyone! Today I wanted to tell you about UW Oshkosh’s three-week interim. Don’t know what interim is? That’s OK — I didn’t last year either until I started scheduling my classes. But it’s really quite cool! So I wanted to give you some information on what it is and why you should think about taking it when you sign up for classes.
Interim is a three-week course offered between semesters. You take one class… every day… for three hours a day… for three weeks. (Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds!) Interim courses are typically three-credit courses and commonly fulfill general education requirements: psychology, history, geography, etc.,
Here’s where it gets a little confusing to explain in writing.
The interim course you sign up for is technically part of the preceding semester. Winter interim, offered in January, is actually considered part of the Fall semester. You sign up for it at the same time as your regular 14-week courses and it is included in your GPA for that semester as well.
For example, if you were to take 12 credits during the regular 14-week semester, and a three-credit interim in January, you would have 15 total credits for Fall. The same is true for the Spring interim.
So why is this important? Well…you pay the same tuition for any number of credits between 12 and 18. As long as your interim course doesn’t put you over 18 credits — you do NOT pay anything extra to take the class. If you live on campus, you stay in your same residence hall room and your meal plan continues as well. This means that your interim is not costing you anything extra.
See what I mean about it being a little hard to explain in writing? Hopefully that makes some sense. Basically, it’s just a great way to earn extra credits, get the most from your tuition money, increase your course load without increasing your stress and help you graduate faster!
Interim has been really helpful for me already. It’s helping me fulfill a general education course requirement and helped lessen my course load during the fall semester.
Last summer at Odyssey when I met with my advisor to see what classes I should take, one of the classes recommended for me was History 101 (Early Civilization), but when I went to schedule my classes, that class was already filled up. Instead of waiting to take it in the spring, I took it as an interim. That way I could take a different History class (which is required for my major) in the spring.
Also, like I said above, it helped lessen my course load. Since I am a first-generation college student, going into college was a new and scary experience. When I went to schedule my classes, I had no idea how many classes I could handle. So I started out by taking 15 credits (five classes): 12 credits during the actual fall semester and then three during interim. This worked out perfect for me! I figured out how much I could handle and was prepared for the interim class.
I just can’t emphasize enough how beneficial interim can be! It’s a great opportunity for you to take part in at UW Oshkosh – so keep it in mind w hen you’re signing up for classes!
If you have any questions – feel free to send them my way! Have a good one.