Getting Started – How to Enroll

Thank you for your interest in UW Independent Learning Courses!

Getting started with UW Independent Learning courses is quick and easy. Because our courses have no prerequisites or admission requirements, you simply need to register for your course. Check out our step-by-step registration instructions below. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our team or read through the following information to learn about what you can expect when you register for a UW Independent Learning course.

Enrolling in your Independent Learning course is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Find your course: Review the Independent Learning Course Catalog and identify the course you’d like to register in – making sure you’ve met any course prerequisites.
  2. Secure pre-approval: If you plan to transfer this course back to your home campus, receive credit towards licensure or certification requirements, or meet professional development requirements with your employer we strongly recommend that you secure written pre-approval to take our course from your campus advisor, licensing or certifying agency, or employer, respectively. Good information to share is found in About Independent Learning. If you are a UW student, you may also locate Independent Learning courses in UW System’s Transferology credit transfer tool.
  3. Add to Cart and Checkout: Once you’re ready, simply locate your course in the catalog, click “Add to Cart” and checkout. You’ll receive a confirmation email and course access information within 1 business day. If you prefer to use a paper registration form please email us at

If you are a full-time University of Wisconsin (UW) student, a high school student or a student with a military background be sure to review the information below for special enrollment benefits that may be available to you.

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