Academic and Professional Courses

As a Humphrey Fellow at UC Davis, you will have access to most academic courses offered on campus, as well as professional courses offered at UC Davis Extension. While you can also participate in workshops and courses off campus, the following information applies only to those courses offered through UC Davis. Each Fellow has a course allowance ($3,000 for the year), which is managed by the UC Davis Humphrey Program office, to use for UC Davis courses on campus and/or at UC Davis Extension. There are many options for taking courses at UC Davis and it can get confusing. Please don't hesitate to ask questions if you need assistance.


A Fellow can audit any campus course by obtaining in advance permission of the course instructor. This option is free, and you will not have to use your course allowance to pay for the course units. However, please be advised that when you audit a course, you will NOT receive transcript notation. This option is learning for the sake of learning. It's a great option for many Fellows, as most Fellows already have post-graduate degrees and do not need credit for additional coursework. It's a great opportunity to brush up on skills you may have already learned or for obtaining updated information in an ever-changing field. Please note that it is not possible to take UC Davis Extension courses by audit. All Extension courses require payment from your course allowance.


If you choose to enroll in and use your course allowance for a UC Davis campus course, you can do so and receive a transcript notation grade of NC (non-credit). Since this is a non-degree program and the focus is not on taking classes, we recommend this option for any Fellow who wants to receive transcript credit for taking a course, but does not want to receive a letter grade based on their performance and participation in the course. Humphrey Fellows are quite busy with many different activities. While Fellows are all accomplished professional, it can be daunting to keep pace with graduate and undergraduate courses, which require daily reading, paper-writing, mid-terms and finals. In addition, during the first quarter you are required to attend the Global Leadership Forum in Washington, DC which will take you away from campus for a week; this can be problematic as many course grades are also based on attendance and participation. The choice is yours, but the non-credit option allows you to receive transcript credit, but not have to worry about passing the course. Please note that this option requires payment (per unit) from your course allowance. You must also submit an enrollment form with the instructor's signature.


The final option for campus courses is to use your course allowance to pay based on the number of units and complete a course for credit. With this option, you will receive a letter grade based on your performance in the course. As discussed in the section above, we do not recommend this option as it requires a lot of time and discipline for Fellows who are already quite busy with other program activities. However, it is your decision to choose what is best for you, and previous Fellows have pursued this option successfully. Credit courses will result in a transcript notation for credit and a letter grade (A-C: passing or D-F: failing) based on your participation and performance in the course. Please note that this option requires payment (per unit) from your course allowance. You must also submit and enrollment form with the instructor's signature.

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