What is a Vacation Quarter?
A vacation quarter is a quarter when you are not registered as a full-time student. During vacation quarter, you can chose to go home, stay in the U.S., enroll in part-time classes or decide not to take any classes. You must intend to register full-time at UW Bothell for the following quarter after your vacation quarter.
Please note, unused vacation quarters do not accumulate or "roll over." For example, if you enroll full-time for six consecutive quarters, you cannot take two vacation quarters in one academic year.
When am I Eligible for a Vacation Quarter?
You are eligible for vacation quarter after you have studied full time for three quarters in a row prior to the vacation quarter. Most students will study full-time in Fall, Winter, and Spring and then take Summer as their vacation quarter.
For transfer students, the time you spent studying full-time at your previous school before coming to UW Bothell can count toward the requirement. However, you must contact the Center for International Education to verify your previous full-time enrollment – do not automatically assume you are eligible.
Can I Take a Vacation Quarter this Summer?
Summer is the most common vacation quarter, and CIE recommends that you take Summer as your vacation quarter due to limited course offerings and programming on campus. To be eligible, you must have studied full-time in the previous Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.
For students who started at UW Bothell in Winter or Spring Quarter, you must consult with the Center for International Education on you eligibility. Only if you began at UW Bothell on an “Initial Attendance” I-20, will be eligible to use your first Summer Quarter as your vacation quarter.
Do I Need to Request to Take My Vacation Quarter?
International students not enrolled for summer are generally presumed to be taking a vacation quarter, as long as they are eligible. If you know you are eligible for a summer vacation quarter, you do not need to notify your CIE and you can ignore the MyUW registration warning. MyUW does not understand F1 vacation quarter eligibility.
What if I am Not Eligible for Vacation Quarter but I Need to Take a Quarter Off (such as taking Vacation Quarter in Fall, Winter or Spring)?
Things can come up academically or personally, and you may find yourself in a situation where you need to take a quarter (or more) off from your studies. In this case, you must contact the Center for International Education and we will advise you accordingly to your specific situation.
Can I Take My Final Quarter at UWB as My Vacation Quarter?
If you are completing your program, you may not take your final quarter as vacation. You are, however, eligible to enroll less than full time during your final quarter if fewer courses are needed to graduate. You must be registered for at least one credit. Please contact the Center for International Education to obtain a Reduced Course Load Form.