- The Academic Year
- The academic year at Brown University consists of two semesters, each of which is approximately fifteen weeks in length as well as a 7 week for-credit Summer Session.
- The Semester Course
- The semester course is the unit of credit. This is defined as a course taken for the duration of one semester and, for purposes of evaluation, may be considered the approximate equivalent of four semester hours.
Standard Meeting Times
During the fall & spring semesters classes are typically scheduled in standard meeting times that meet either 3 days per week for 50 minutes each; 2 days per week for 1 hour and 20 minutes each; or seminar courses that meet 1 day per week for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are instances in which a department will offer courses on a non-standard time schedule but it is discouraged as it limits student choice so this is typically found at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels. The link below is a visual representation of Brown's standard meeting patterns.