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J-Term 2021: Registration
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


Q1. What are the dates of the January Term in 2021?

    1a. January Term begins on January 4 and ends on January 22, 2021.

    1b. Travel seminars all have different start and end dates. They run anywhere from one to three weeks with some seminars having class on campus prior to departure.  Please refer to Terra Dotta to see when the seminar will run.

Q2. Where will official registration information be available for J-Term?

     2a. 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 10, 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 and Drake International will be available to answer questions about registration.

    2b. For detailed information on travel seminars, to and do a program search.

Q3. When is registration for 2021 J-Term?

    3a. Registration for on-campus courses will begin on Monday, April 6th, 2020.  Priority will be given to students based on their earned credit hours.  Students* become eligible to register for 2021 J-term at the same time they become eligible to register for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.  Specific registration times are available on the Office of the Registrar’s web site at

     3b. Registration for travel seminars opens on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. The priority deadline is Wednesday, April 15th, 2020.   See Q4 for more details about travel seminar registration.

*See Q11 for more information about who is eligible to register for a J-term course.

Q4.  How do I register for J-Term?

       4a. For non-travel seminar, students may register via MyDUSIS/MyDrake in the same manner as they do for summer and fall classes.

     4b.For travel seminars, students may search for and apply to a travel seminar via the Drake International website and via Terra Dotta which is an online tool that manages applications and materials.

Q5. What are the minimum requirements to register for a travel seminar?

     5a. For all travel seminars, students must have no major student conduct violations and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, however, there is a GPA appeal process. Reach out to Drake International to learn more. Each travel seminar may have additional registration requirements based on the nature or constraints of the course.

Q6. Why are there so many registration requirements for travel seminars?

     6a. 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.

Q7. Can I sign up for a travel seminar and register for an on-campus course in case I don’t get into the travel seminar?

     7a. 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.

Q8. Can I sign up for more than one travel seminar?

      8a. Students may apply for up to two travel seminars. Students can rank their preference when they apply. Drake International will take into consideration preference when accepting students. Depending on the popularity of the courses and their respective eligibility requirements, some students may be forced to choose one course or another.

Q9. Once I have been approved and have committed to a travel seminar, can I change my mind and sign up for a different travel seminar?

     9a. No. Only commit to a program you plan to go on as you are making a financial commitment to the program at that time.

Q10. What happens if I am registered for an on-campus course and then am approved for a travel seminar?

      10a.At the point you commit to the travel seminar, you will be registered in DUSIS and dropped from your on-campus course.

Q11. Who is eligible to register for J-Term courses?

      11a. 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 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters are not eligible for 2021 J-Term.  Some travel seminars have additional registration eligibility requirements.

Q12. If a class is oversubscribed, who receives priority?

      12a. 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.

Q13. What if the J-Term course that I registered for is cancelled due to low enrollment?

      13a. 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.

Q14. Will my J-Term registration be affected by my spring 2020, summer 2020, or fall 2020 semester grades?

      14a. 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.

Q15. Are independent studies allowed during J-Term?

      15a. 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.

Q16. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may register?

      16a. 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 tuition charges.

Q17. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may wait-list?

      17a. 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.

Q18. If I need to cancel my travel seminar registration, where do I begin?

         18a. Reach out to Drake International at or 515-271-2084, as there are financial implications for withdrawing from a travel seminar after committing to the program.

Q19. 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 seminar for which I am interested, yet my application status says “Wait Listed.” Why is that?

       19a. Applications are managed in Terra Dotta, where students apply to study on a travel seminar. After students are accepted and committed in Terra Dotta, they are manually registered in MyDUSIS by the Office of the Registrar. 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 seats are being held. Another possibility is that there are students in front of you on the wait list.

For additional J-term 2021 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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