How do I enroll in Open University?

Enrollment in Open University courses is not guaranteed. It is on a space-available basis; all students enrolled in a degree program at UCSB must be accommodated before Open University students can enroll in a course.

In order to enroll in Open University courses, you must adhere to all program deadlines listed in the Open University Fees and Deadlines chart and meet all course prerequisites listed in the UCSB General Catalog and Schedule of Classes. You must also do the following to enroll:

  • Prior to attending the first class session, obtain one Open University Authorization Form for each course you plan to take. Complete the form and obtain the required signatures. Information must be legible, accurate, complete, and include the correct enrollment code for each course section.
  • Attend the first class session, introduce yourself to the instructor, and indicate that you wish to enroll in the course through the Open University Program. You must obtain the instructor's signature on the Open University Authorization Form. Enrollment in a course is at the instructor's discretion. If attendance at a discussion section is required, you must also obtain the teaching assistant's (TA) signature on the form. Only UCSB instructors or others designated by them may approve and sign the Open University Authorization Forms; teaching assistants may sign only in conjunction with an instructor when the course requires a discussion section. 

Note A) The instructor may defer signing the Open University Authorization Form until all UCSB students enrolled in degree programs have been accommodated. If you find you cannot enroll in your first-choice course because the class is full, obtain additional authorization forms and try to enroll in other courses. 

Note B) Several departments also require department signatures. These departments are listed in the Open University Authorization Form.

  • Submit your completed Open University Authorization Form with the required signatures and pay the necessary registration and course unit fees by the deadline as noted in the Open University, Fees and Deadlines chart for the current quarter. Submit forms in person to the Student Services Office, 2166 Kerr Hall, during business hours. You must obtain all required signatures and pay all fees by the deadline listed in order to complete the Open University registration process. Exceptions to the published deadline to add and/or drop courses require a petition and payment of fees. Approvals of late add petitions are granted only in very unusual and compelling circumstances (see Dropping Course/ Withdrawal Procedures).
  • Once you submit your Open University Authorization Form and pay your fees, you will be able to view and print an enrollment confirmation from your Student Portal. This verification is proof of enrollment; as an Open University student, you will not receive a Perm number or ID card from UCSB.
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