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J-Term 2020: Registration
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

1. What are the dates of the January Term in 2020?

A. January Term begins on January 6 and ends on January 24, 2020.

2. Where will official registration information be available for J-Term?

A. It is available through the Office of the Registrar at

There also are course descriptions available on the J-Term webpage.

Additionally, a J-Term Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. in Parents Hall showcasing both on-campus and off-campus J-Term courses. Most instructors will be present to provide information on their courses. Representatives from the Office of the Registrar will be available to answer questions about registration.

3. When is registration for 2020 J-Term?

A. Registration for on-campus courses will begin on Monday, April 1. Priority will be given to students based on their earned credit hours. Students* become eligible to register for 2020 J-term at the same time they become eligible to register for the Summer and Fall 2019 semesters. Specific registration times are available on the Office of the Registrar web site at

A. Registration for travel courses opens on Tuesday, March 12. See Q4 for more details about travel course registration.
*See Q11 for more information about who is eligible to register for a J-term course.

4. How do I register for J-Term?

A. For non-travel courses, students may register via MyDUSIS/blueView in the same manner as they do for summer and fall classes.

B. For travel courses, students may search for and apply to a travel course via the Drake International web site and via Terra Dotta, which is an online tool that manages applications and materials. The applications will progress through stages (“pending,” “approved,” etc.) as students submit their application materials and clear eligibility requirements. Once students satisfy all requirements, their application status will change to “Accepted” or “Waitlisted” if the program is full. When accepted students are ready to commit to the program, they need to log into Terra Dotta and change their application status to “Committed”. Once students are Committed, they will be placed onto the official course roster by the Office of the Registrar. Committed students also will be charged a $500 non-refundable deposit to their student account. The priority application deadline is April 15th.

5. What are the minimum requirements to register for a travel course?

A. For all travel courses, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no major student conduct violations. Each travel course may have additional registration requirements based on the nature or constraints of the course. Registration eligibility criteria for each course are displayed above the course description of each course on the schedule of classes.

6. Why are there so many registration requirements for travel courses?

A. Reasons may include travel or lodging logistics, a desire to have a set of students with a shared interest/focus, or a desire to have a set of students with a diverse background or interests. These factors must be considered carefully by the International Center, Office of the Registrar, and instructor to achieve a balance that meets as many of the criteria as possible.

7. Can I sign up for a travel course and register for an on-campus course in case I don’t get into the travel course?

A. Yes. However, please consider that you may be denying a seat to another student who is interested in the on-campus course, particularly if the course is full or nearly full. See also Q10.

8. Can I sign up for more than one travel course?

A. Students may apply for multiple travel courses. Depending on the popularity of the courses and their respective eligibility requirements, some students may be forced to choose one course or another.

9. Once I have been approved and have committed to a travel course, can I change my mind and sign up for a different travel course?

A. Possibly. Several factors must be considered, such as the seat availability of each course, eligibility requirements of each course, and the amount of payments that students have applied toward their existing travel course. Consult Drake International at or 515-271-2084 to learn more about potential consequences to changing travel courses.

10. What happens if I am registered for an on-campus course and then am approved for a travel course?

A. At the point you commit to the travel course, you will be registered in DUSIS and dropped from your on-campus course.

11. Who is eligible to register for J-Term courses?

A. Anyone (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) is eligible except those who are entering first year (direct from high school) students during that academic year. For example, students who are admitted directly from high school for the Fall/Summer 2019 or Spring 2020 semesters are not eligible for 2020 J-Term. Some travel courses have additional registration eligibility requirements.

12. If a class is oversubscribed, who receives priority?

A. In general, priority would be based on seniority. For some classes, priority will be given to particular groups of students based on the topic of the class or to those who have completed the course prerequisites. Thus, standard course prerequisites or instructor permission protocols will be followed.

13. What if the J-Term course that I registered for is cancelled due to low enrollment?

A. Students who were denied a J-term course due to course cancellation may register for a different J-term course provided that seats are available and that the student has met the pre-requisites. Travel seminars may have unique registration deadlines.

14. Will my J-Term registration be affected by my spring 2019, summer 2019, or fall 2019 semester grades?

A. Yes, it is possible. If a student has not passed the pre-requisites for a J-term course, the student is subject to being dropped from the J-term course.

15. Are independent studies allowed during J-Term?

A. Yes, independent studies are permitted in J-Term. Students must make arrangements with a faculty-advisor and their dean’s office to register for an independent study for the J-term, just as they would in any other semester.

16. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may register?

A. In general, students may register for no more than three credits of J-term courses. Students who register for more
than three credits will be subject to additional tuition charges.

17. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may wait-list?

A. Students may wait-list for only one course at a time. Students who are wait-listed for multiple courses are subject to being dropped from all wait lists. Students are allowed to be wait-listed for one course while registered for a different course.

18. If I need to cancel my travel course registration, where do I begin?

A. The process may change as the calendar moves closer to the start of J-term. Contact Drake International at or 515-271-2084 for more information.

19. When I look at the schedule of classes or the Look Up Classes to Add area in MyDUSIS, it looks like seats are available in the travel course for which I am interested, yet my application status says “Wait Listed.” Why is that?

A. Because applications are managed in the Terra Dotta tool, registration in Drake’s official student information system must occur manually. It is likely that the “available” seats have been claimed but the Office of the Registrar staff is in the process of registering the students for whom the seats are being held. Another possibility is that there are students in front of you on the wait list.

For additional J-term 2020 questions that are directly related to Registration, please contact:

Office of the Registrar
104 Old Main
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
Fax: 515-271-3977


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