FAQ – Taking Courses (Virtually)

More questions about taking courses at Bethel University? Read on! Course listings and registration will be posted by late February, 2021.

Q: Who is eligible to take a course?

A: Why, you are! (As long as you are breathing, between the ages of 0 and 120, and ready to learn something new.) Courses are open to anyone in Bethel or other towns. Do read course descriptions carefully: some courses do have specific guidelines on ages, previous knowledge, physical fitness, etc.

Q: What’s Zoom? How do I join a virtual course?

A: Zoom is a free, online videoconferencing platform. Anyone who joins via a link can see and hear each other, talk, share screens and learn. It’s not quite like being in person, but it’s the next best thing. For some classes, you may be able to dial in and listen or talk with just a phone line. For others, you will need to join with a strong Internet connection, screen, video camera and microphone. If you’re new to Zoom, we will offer several coaching sessions and Zoom classes to help you get set up and learn how to use it.

Q: Can I take more than one course?

A: By all means! Please register for as many as you like. But do not register unless you are definitely going to attend. We know it’s free, but there’s nothing worse than having our professors show up to teach to an empty classroom.

Q: How much does it cost? Do I need to buy books and materials?

A: Our courses are offered free of charge. (Bethel University might just be the only university out there with free tuition.) Most virtual classes won’t require books or materials, but if they do, we can often help supply them for free. Read the course descriptions carefully to find out whether there’s anything you need.

Q: If I register for a course, do I have to attend?

A: Yes! (unless it’s an absolute emergency) Our professors are volunteering their time to create great courses, and they do that based on knowing they have a certain number of attendees. It’s unfair to them if you register but don’t show up. Plus, you could be taking a space away from someone else. If you sign up and then realize you will be unable to attend, please immediately cancel your registration in Eventbrite.

Q: Will there be a lot of homework?

A: Probably not. This year’s courses will be one session only, so no work required afterward. Some professors may recommend you read something or prepare in advance. Read the course description for details.

Q: When are the parties?

A: The best thing about college is the parties, right?! Bethel University is no exception. While we can’t party in person this year, we’re exploring some fun ways to keep connecting and socializing online. Watch our courses page for special event listings too.