How to Apply: Supervised Independent Courses

Questions?  E-mail, call 413-542-5264, attend a drop-in information session or make an advising appointment.

Time Table

Review of applications for Fall 2019 starts April 1, 2019.  Applications may be submitted early.  Applications will continue to be considered through the first week of the semester as long as space remains available. Some languages close early.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Supervised Independent course information page and Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Submit the online application.
  3. Schedule an interview with a staff member by e-mailing or calling 413-542-5264.
  4. IMPORTANT: Put the admissions email address ( in your email contacts list to avoid having messages go to spam. Also, if you have not heard back about your application within a day or two, check your spam and contact us if you have not heard received a response.

Continuing Students

A student who has taken a Supervised Independent course before does not need to submit a new application. A continuing student should e-mail stating the language and level of course requested. A staff member will reply with registration instructions. Continuing students should make course requests as early as possible to assure a place in the course. Some languages will fill up early.


A student who has prior experience with the language should contact the Center as soon as possible to arrange for a placement assessment. Requests for placements made after the pre-registration period cannot always be accommodated. A student who is currently abroad should e-mail the Center to make alternative application and placement arrangements.

Who is Eligible?

Supervised independent courses are open to Five College undergraduate and graduate students. First-semester undergraduate students are only eligible for the program under certain circumstances. Interested first-semester undergraduates should contact the program for more information.

UMass continuing education students, Five College faculty and staff members, and community members are not eligible to enroll in this program. Auditing is not permitted.