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Naropa University's School of Extended Studies offers a number of non-credit certificates, national and international conferences and continuing education programs. In addition to our on-going certificate program Authentic Leadership, we have co-sponsored conferences such as Wisdom 2.0, Legacy of Wisdom and weekend workshops with Joanna Macy and Michael Meade. For detailed information, please visit the Extended Studies page on the Naropa website.

Extended Studies sells a limited number of Non-Credit seats on our regular academic courses. Please visit the Public Registration page to view the Spring 2018 Non-Credit Course Schedule for further information on courses with seats available to the public. If the course has prerequisites or other restrictions as indicated in this schedule, it is strongly encouraged that a non-degree student contact the department or instructor to determine if the student is adequately prepared for the course. If the course specifies that permission of department is required, the student must obtain written permission.

For further information, please contact us at and thank you for your interest in Naropa University's Extended Studies courses!

Any courses not listed on the Course Schedule for Non-Credit Courses are unavailable to take for non-credit.

  • Non-Credit Courses are $250 per class or $200 for Weekend Workshops, PLUS any material fees.
  • Payment options include: check by mail, credit card, or electronic check.
  • All payments are due by the Friday prior to the start of class.  
Non-Credit courses receive a grade of NC for "non-credit" so they are not graded. If you want to take a course that receives a grade, then please look into the For-credit courses. 
No. Basically, taking a class for Non-Credit means that you are not responsible for fulfilling the academic requirements for the class, and you are not graded for your participation. As a result, you will not, nor will you be able to in the future, receive academic credit for your participation. It is not possible to "upgrade" a Non-Credit class in order to receive academic credit.
  • To register, you will fill out an online Public Registration Non-Credit Registration form.
  • The Spring 2018 Public Registration forms will go live mid-November.
  • After filling out a Public Registration Non-Credit form, Naropa's Registration Office will email you within 3 business days to let you know if you have been added to a class as a non-credit student.
  • If you are not registered due to lack of space in a course, your payment will be refunded.
  • You need to fill out a Mindfulness Instructor Training application and fulfill certain requirements, THEN register online through the Public Registration forms. 
  • The cost is $200 for noncredit students, plus any associated course fee. 
  • Basic requirements for this course are at least 2-3 years of consistent meditation practice, 2 weeks of intensive retreat before starting the program, and a letter of recommendation from your MI/mentor, etc. If you have questions about this application process, please contact Giovannina Jobson at (303) 245-4603 or Dale Asrael at (303) 546-3522.
  • If you need to cancel a registration for a non-credit course, please email by the end of the drop/add period for the semester (January 25th is the Add/Drop deadline for Spring 2018).
  • A full refund will be given for requests received by the drop/add deadline, but no refunds will be given after that point.
  • For non-degree students, Billing Statements are not issued. Upon request, hand written receipts can be provided. 
  • Note: Payment at the time of registration is strongly encouraged, and it is the responsibility of the individual students to ensure they do not carry a balance.