Classes and Registration

Exchange Class Schedule

Please find the link to the course schedule here: Exchange Course Schedule. The list will be updated each quarter.

In case you’re not familiar with our system for abbreviating days of the week: M = Monday; T = Tuesday; W = Wednesday; R= Thursday; F = Friday; Sa = Saturday.

Occasionally, classes are cancelled/rescheduled for unforeseeable reasons. If this occurs, we will do our best to inform registered students as soon as possible.

Course Load

The normal course load at Kellogg is 4 credits. Exchange students may register for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 5 credits, unless their home school has placed restrictions on this.

1.0 credit classes meet for 30 contact hours (in-class time) over ten weeks. 1.0 credit classes are designated with a "-0” ending, e.g. MKTG-466-0. 0.5 credit classes meet for 15 contact hours over 5 weeks. 0.5 credit classes 0.5 credit classes are designated as "-5", e.g. KPPI-454–5, and they are held either in the first half of the term or in the second half of the term.

Registration Procedures

Exchange students pre-register for courses using the online bidding system. Instructions for using the bidding system can be found below, in the “registration help” document. If you have difficulty with accessing or using the system, please check the “registration FAQ” document. If it does not address your question, contact the Kellogg registrar.

During the initial registration process, you are permitted to register for up to 4 credits. If you would like to take 5 courses, you will be able to add a fifth class during the add/drop period.

Please click here for the registration FAQ document. Please click here for the registration help document.

Registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly.

Academic Schedule

Kellogg is on the quarter system, and exchange students come to Kellogg in fall, winter, or spring quarter. Each quarter is 10 weeks long. Classes meet for 3 hours per week, in one session during the evening, or in two, 1.5 hour-long sessions during the day. There are no classes on Wednesday during the day. Most classes have between 30-65 students.

Academic Curriculum

Kellogg considers exchange students to be second-year students who are allowed to enroll in only elective courses. Exchange students may not enroll in lab courses, or courses that meet across more than one term.

The following courses are core courses meant for first-year students, and exchange students may therefore not enroll in these: MORS-430, ACCT-430, DECS-433, MGMT-431, FINC-430, MECN-430, MKTG-430, DECS-434, OPNS-430.

Kellogg’s elective concentrations are:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Health Enterprise Management
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Management & Organizations
  • Management & Strategy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Social Enterprise

All courses are taught in English.

Due to the high level of classroom participation, group work, and interaction among students and faculty, exchange students must be proficient in written and spoken English. For reference, the average TOEFL score for a full-time student is 109 on the computer-based test. In order to ensure exchange students have the most successful academic and social experience while at Kellogg, we strongly suggest that exchange students have scored at least 109 on the computer based TOEFL, and at least 24 on the speaking section of the exam. We also strongly suggest that incoming exchange students have at least 2 years of full-time work experience so they can participate more fully in classes.

Course Packs and Textbooks

Course materials are extremely expensive in the United States, so please plan accordingly and be prepared for this. Individual textbooks often exceed $100. For a student taking 4 courses, we estimate $550 for books and course packs, but this can vary depending on the individual courses taken.

Course packs are available online via for all classes that require them. Books can be purchased in the bookstore. and are both sources for used books, which can be much less expensive, but you must plan ahead to have books delivered before the courses begin. If you purchase a used book, make sure that you are purchasing the correct edition required for the class.

Mandatory First Class Attendance

Mandatory First Attendance means that in order to remain enrolled in a class with this designation, the student must attend the first class session. Once the class has started, students will not be able to add themselves to the roster or waitlist, nor can they automatically move from the waitlist onto the roster. Before the start of the class, bidding and registration for Mandatory First Attendance classes works as with any other section. After the mandatory first class has started, only the Registrar can move a student into the class, based on a request from the professor.

Honor Code

All students enrolled in a course offered by the Kellogg School of Management agree to abide by the Kellogg Honor Code.
The Kellogg Honor Code governs student conduct pertaining to all academic, placement, and extracurricular activities associated with the Kellogg School of Management. Each student agrees:

  1. Not to seek an unfair advantage over other students, including but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic requirements;
  2. To truthfully represent fact and self at all times;
  3. To respect the property and personal rights of all members of the Kellogg community; and
  4. To uphold the Kellogg Honor Code by reporting all material violations, and by fully cooperating with and protecting confidentiality of any Honor Code proceedings.

All Kellogg students are also expected to adhere to all policies and requirements of Northwestern University and to abide by all applicable laws and regulations.