Wintersession is a time in January when some students may be permitted to live on campus to pursue designated academic opportunities, including some courses and thesis work.

Typically during this time period, there are some academic offerings involving study abroad as well. Wintersession courses involving study abroad are typically listed first by the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy of the Office of International Study website here

Students taking Wintersession courses are subject to academic regulations as if they were taking the course during a regular semester.

Students may take wintersession courses at other institutions for transfer credit, subject to departmental approval.  Some courses in the MIT Independent Activities Program may be taken for credit towards the Wellesley degree, again subject to departmental approval.  Students should note that not all IAP courses will count for Wellesley credit, and that housing on the Wellesley campus is not available for students taking IAP courses.  Students should also note that there may be calendar conflicts between the IAP schedule and the spring semester schedule.