Registering for Classes While Abroad

Several weeks prior to registration for the semester you will be returning to campus, the Office of Study Abroad will email you the schedule, information and instructions on registering for on-campus classes while you are still abroad.

If you will not have internet access because you are in an unusually isolated area, Director of Study Abroad Dr. Citti ( can register you manually.  If that is the case, please send her your course choices (numbers AND titles) as well as some alternate choices. However, we have found that internet access is generally available in most areas of the world at locations such as cafes, even if you are planning to travel during the registration dates.

Writing Seminars majors will be contacted by their department prior to the general registration so that they can register for departmental courses ahead of time.

Registration Preparation

In preparation for registration, you will need to check SIS to see if you have holds. If you see the word “Alerts” in red above the toolbar, click to see what is required to release the hold(s) and, if necessary, contact the appropriate office. Once you have completed what is required, the alert disappears the next time you log back into SIS for Students.

Arts & Sciences Students: No action is required! The Advisor Hold will be released prior to registration. You will have access to register in SIS according to the schedule. You must meet with your advisor when you return to campus.

Engineering Students: You must email your course selection to your faculty advisor and request that your Advisor Alert be released. As long as your Advisor Alert has been released, you will have access to register in SIS for Students according to the schedule. If you are unable to locate an email address for your faculty advisor, please send a message to the Office of Engineering Advising at You should also plan to meet with your faculty advisor when you return to campus.

AS Academic Hold 410-516-8216
AS Pre-Graduation Hold 410-516-8216
Financial Hold 410-516-8158
Health Insurance Hold 410-516-3328
International Hold 667-208-7001
Registrar's Hold 410-516-7070


The registration dates vary semester to semester. Generally registration is offered by class order.

For instance:
Mon – Seniors (7 a.m.)
Wed – Juniors (7 a.m.)
Fri – Sophomores (7a.m.)

Students should wait until they return from study abroad to complete Junior Clearance. That said, you may wish to access the Degree Audit System while abroad. The Degree Audit Software Company has security settings to prevent hacking their network, which may result in difficulties accessing the system from other countries.

In order to avoid this issue, students should set up the JHU VPN prior to studying abroad and log into the JHU VPN before logging into SIS.