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  1. International Student Success: How to add a closed/full course

  2. “Crashing”/Crashing A Course If a class is full or closed, you may still have options for getting into that class. You may do so by “crashing” the class. It is very important to communicate with the instructor and to make a request that is likely to be accepted. HERE’S HOW:

  3. 1. Contact the Instructor (as soon as possible!) Use the HSU directory to find the instructor’s email, voicemail and/or office location. All emails end with Ex: “abc123” would be “”

  4. In the Email • Be specific and brief: • 1. Brief introduction • a. Name, major, class and career (freshmen/grad student) • b. Briefly describe the reasons you would like to add the course. If you have a good reason for not registering before the class closed, mention it. eg: I am an international student and am only allowed to register the week before class. • 2. Request the exact course (CRN, section number, dates and times) you would like to add.

  5. 2. Attend Early the First Day of Class • Always go to the first day of class (even if you’re not registered) • Arrive early or on time! • Introduce yourself. If you sent them in email, mention that you emailed them • Ask the instructor if they will be accepting adds. If the answer is "yes", the instructor may give you a “permission number” or code which you may use in your registration in Student Center. If the answer is "no", politely excuse yourself and move on to the next potential class. Note: A permission number can only be used once. • Often times, the instructor will ask you to come to the next class. If a student who registered for the class does not attend, they will give that student’s seat to you.

  6. Remember: • Don't show up in the middle or at the end of a class and ask, “Can I add your class?” This does not make you look like a dedicated student. It’s easy to say no to someone who hasn’t even bothered to be there on time. If you can't avoid being late to the class, quietly enter, do not interrupt the instructor. Wait until the end of class to inquire about possibly adding the course. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  7. Remember: • Be courteous. You are asking for a favor and the instructor is under no obligation to add you, even if it appears that there is space available. Thank them for considering your request. Address them as, “Professor” and use a professional tone. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  8. Remember: • Project commitment. Instructors want hard-working and motivated students in their classes. Establish yourself as such in your communication. Lazy students who simply waited till the last minute have less of a chance of getting in. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  9. Remember: • Be persistent. You may need to crash many different classes before you find an instructor who will add you. An instructor may ask you to attend 3 or 4 classes before you can have an add code. Make sure you attend each class on time and follow all instructions to receive your add code. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  10. Remember: • No whining. Don’t beg the instructor and don’t insist because you are an International Student you need the class because you must have 12 credits. These tactics will not get you an add code. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  11. Remember: • Show gratitude. If the instructor allows you to add the class, thank the instructor immediately. The best way to give thanks is to be a positive, involved and hard-working student in the course. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  12. Remember: • Add Codes are Valuable. If you accept an add code, commit to registering for the course right away. If you are given an add code and decide not to register for the course, inform the instructor immediately so that another student can take your seat. Modified from Santa Barbara City College:

  13. Remember: • Be responsible. If you are allowed to add the class late, take responsibility for catching up. Find out the instructor’s office hours and make the time for a visit to collect any class materials you have missed. Talk to other students to get notes on what you have missed. Modified from Santa Barbara City College: