Step by Step Guide to Course Registration

Course registration at Western University is done over the internet through the Student Center. The following instructions give you a brief step by step guide to registering for a course through this system, as well as links to more detailed instructions.

Important Note: Please be aware that Western University does not support external timetable services. These providers may not have up-to-date and accurate information. When making your course selections, please ensure you meet all course prerequisites, antirequisites, and corequisites.

Getting Ready to Start:


  1. You must be activated in the term in which you want to register in courses.  For information on term activation see the Activation Services Page. Note: All newly admitted and visiting students are automatically term activated.
  2. Go through the Academic Calendar & Timetable to find information on the courses & sections you are interested in, as well as some alternates in case of conflicts/full courses.
  3. Use Draft My Schedule to help you build an individual conflict-free class schedule. This tool does not import your course selections into your Student Center but allows you to play and create your timetable in order to then go to Student Center and enroll your courses!
    Note: Ensure you have any prerequisites or co-requisites needed and that you do not have any anti-requisites.  The Calendar course information contains course names, numbers, descriptions, and the necessary prerequisites/anti-requisites/co-requisites for the course.
  4. Log in to Student Center.  You will need your Western User ID & password. If you do not have this information, use our Student Center Access Guide.
  5. Go to the right side of the main page, and check the section entitled “Enrolment Dates”. The next page will list a date and time that you are allowed to start registering in courses online. Until this date/time is reached, you cannot register in courses online!

Course Registration:

If you have a valid enrollment appointment, you may begin adding, dropping or swapping classes.

Adding a Class

Visual Detailed Guide- Adding a Class

Quick Steps
  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes.
  3. Pick a course to add using either Search for Class or Enter Class Nbr (not Course number!)
  4. When the course you are searching for appears, select the Next button to go to the next step in registering for this course.  This course has now been added to your Course Enrollment Worksheet.
    Note: At the bottom of the page you will see classes you have already placed in your shopping cart.  You are NOT enrolled in these courses until you have completed the adding process. 
  5. Repeat above steps to continue adding classes. 
  6. Select the Finish Enrolling button to enroll in the class(es) in your Course Enrollment Worksheet.

Dropping a Class

Visual Detailed Guide- Dropping a Class

Quick Steps
  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes then select the Drop
  3. Select the class you wish to drop by clicking in the Select
  4. Select Drop Selected Classes.
  5. Select Finish Dropping.

Swapping a Class

Visual Detailed Guide- Swapping a Class

Quick Steps
  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section select Enroll in Classes then select the Drop
  3. Select the course you wish to swap out by choosing from the list in the Select from your schedule dropdown box.
  4. Choose a course to replace it using either the Class Search or My Planner if you have courses saved in your planner.  After making your choice, you will be presented with a page with the details on your swap.
  5. Review the details of your swap & once satisfied, click the Finish Swapping A page will come up with the information about your swap.  The status heading will tell you if your courses were swapped successfully, or if there was an error.

            Note: If you are trying to swap just the tutorial or lab, please see the Swapping a Lab or Tutorial information below.

Swapping a Lab or Tutorial or Exam Centre

Visual Detailed Guide- Swapping a Lab or Tutorial or Exam Centre

Quick Steps
  1. Log into Student Center.
  2. Under the Academic Section, select Enroll in Classes then select the Swap
  3. From the dropdown, select the course for which you wish to swap the Tutorial/Lab/Exam Centre.
  4. Select Class Search from the Search for Class dropdown and click Search.
  5. Search for the SAME course you chose in the dropdown in step 3 then select Search.
  6. Select the Tutorial / Lab / Exam Centre you want to change to THEN select the same Lecture you are currently enrolled in.  Select Next.
  7. Select the Finish Swapping button to complete the swap.


How to Search for a Class

  1. When you are searching for a class enter the first 3 digits of the course subject in the box and click Select Subject (eg. Psy for Psychology).
  2. When the options appear, click the Select button next to the choice you are looking for (eg. Psychol for Psychology).
  3. Enter the course number if you know it or just click the Search button. Open courses will appear for you to choose from.
  4. Click the green arrow next to the course you would like to add and then select the section you want to add.  From here go back to the Add instructions to continue.
  5. Click here for more information Search the Catalog (pdf)