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Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program

Registration for Spring 2021 classes will be opening in December and January. Please check Available Courses & Information tab for details pertaining to each school's deadlines.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance – the nation’s preeminent academic collaborative – is excited to announce the creation of a new online course sharing initiative designed to enhance the educational opportunities of its students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Together, Big Ten universities educate over 600,000 students with almost 50,000 faculty. During the past spring, our universities kept those students on track for graduation, quickly moving tens of thousands of courses online and graduating many thousands of students on time, despite the global pandemic.

That is why we have joined together to share online course offerings across our institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Beginning this fall, undergraduate students at participating universities can take an online course from another participating Big Ten school each semester as part of their academic experience­­, with all associated tuition and fees waived.

Participating Universities

  • Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Students currently enrolled as undergraduate students at a participating Big Ten university are eligible to enroll in one course at one of the participating universities.


Eligible undergraduate students at a participating institution may take one course at another participating institution with no additional tuition or fee charges associated with the course. Students may be required to purchase books, supplies, or other educational materials related to the course. Only courses specifically listed on this website as part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program will be available with no additional tuition or fee charges. Further, only one course per semester may be taken through this program with no additional tuition or fee charges. Students who register for more than one course at a participating institution or for courses at more than one participating institution, will be held responsible for all costs associated with those courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the Online Course Sharing FAQ for more details. Questions should be directed to

How to Apply


Shared Courses Process

Eligible students at participating institutions should first thoroughly review the course listings, policies, and procedures on the Available Courses & Information tab.  Upon making your choice, students should proceed to the Application Process tab, where you will be required to login through your home university, which will then allow you to access the participating institution of your choice to begin the registration process.