Applications Due July 1, 2018; May 15, 2018 for early review

If you have questions about Autumn courses, the application and admission process, costs, etc., contact Bernadette Holthuis.  Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, but applications will be accepted after July 1 if space is available.

Autumn 2018 Quarter – Three Options

There are three program options available in Autumn, 2018. They are as follows:

1. Marine Biology Quarter 2018 (MBQ)

For the MBQ program, students select a combination of courses for a total full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits.

Then list the following courses under Marine Biology Quarter:

2. Marine Sedimentary Processes Research Apprenticeship (MSP) (Ocean 492 B, 15 credits)


3. Pelagic Ecosystem Function in the San Juan Archipelago Research Apprenticeship (Ocean 492 A, 15 credits)


Autumn 2018 – Other Details

Dates and Times for Autumn 2018 Quarter

  • The Marine Biology Quarter and Research Apprenticeships run for an academic quarter (10.5 weeks).  Classes require a full-time commitment and are held Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm (some courses may have evening sessions).
  • Classes begin Wednesday September 26 and end Friday December 7, 2018 (10.5 weeks)
  • Students should plan to arrive Tuesday September 25 after 3:00 pm.
  • First meal served for students is dinner that Tuesday, 6:00-6:30pm.
  • Students may depart any time after 5:00 pm on Friday December 7, or may stay overnight and depart on Saturday December 8 by 9:00 am.
  • Last meal served for students is breakfast on that Saturday, 7:45-8:15 am.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: no classes will be held on Thursday or Friday, November 22 & 23. The FHL Dining Hall will be closed after lunch on Wednesday November 21, staying closed until it re-opens for dinner on Sunday November 25. Students may choose to stay on campus during the holiday weekend, and will be given access to cooking facilities for those four days if requested.


While credit for FHL coursework is earned through the University of Washington (UW), you need not be matriculated at UW (or any other university) to register for a course at FHL.  Students must apply to and be accepted by FHL before they can register. There are different registration procedures for UW and non-UW students.

  • Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ): UW-matriculated students will register themselves through MyUW, with required add codes received from FHL staff.  Non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.
  • Research Apprenticeships: All Research Apprenticeship students will be registered by FHL staff; UW students should not attempt to register through MyUW.

FHL Courses: Credits & Degree Requirements

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors to understand how they will be credited at their home institutions (if not UW) for FHL courses, and how these courses will apply to degree requirements. UW students can contact the following advisors:

For UW Students with Dorm Contracts in Seattle

There will be no financial penalty for moving out of a dorm contract in Seattle if UW students cancel their application and dorm assignment within one week of confirming their attendance at Friday Harbor Labs. Log into the UW Housing & Food Services Application and Assignment Home Page and submit an Agreement Termination Notice (located under the Resident Resources header for the relevant academic year). You will be asked if you will still be enrolled at UW, to which you should answer, “I will be participating in a study abroad/internship.”  You will then be asked where you are moving to, and should select the choice “off-campus house/apartment.”

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