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Earlham students in good standing with the College are eligible to apply.
Students must complete the application available in IPO. Applications are due in the International Programs Office by 5:00 on the application deadline. Deadlines are posted in IPO, in Around the Heart, and on the IPO website.
Each off-campus May Term is different and each has its own set of criteria. The following criteria for selection will be important:
The Faculty Leader reads the folders, interviews the students, and makes the final decisions regarding selection. The Faculty Leader will inform the students who are not accepted.
The Director of IPO will send a letter informing students of their acceptance. IPO will work with the Registrar to enroll the students in the off-campus May Term. Individuals should not enroll themselves in the off-campus May Terms.
Students will be billed in December for the full spring semester/May Term costs. Students are expected to pay in full by Feb. 15. If students have not paid the full charges by Feb. 15, they may be removed from participation in the May Term. Every student enrolled in a May Term course is charged a non-refundable May Term enrollment fee. Students enrolled in off-campus May Term are also charged an additional fee. If a student is enrolled for 18 or fewer hours during the Spring Semester, including May Term hours, there is no additional tuition charge. If a student registers for more than 18 hours for Spring semester and May Term courses combined, a May Term tuition fee is charged to the student’s account.
Participation in the Off-Campus May Term is voluntary. Students agree to participate in and cooperate with Earlham College, the Faculty Leader, and the group in all aspects of the May Term.
Students who withdraw from the May Term should notify IPO immediately in writing. IPO will notify the necessary offices on campus. Students who withdraw from a May Term after Jan. 15 will automatically be charged a cancellation fee. Students who withdraw after Feb. 15 will be required to compensate the College for expenses already committed on their behalf. After May 1, there will be no refunds of the Program charges. Students who are dismissed from the Program for social or academic reasons are not eligible for any refunds.
All students on an Earlham Off-Campus May Term are required to have health insurance that covers them when they are outside of the United States. Earlham provides students on Earlham off-campus Programs with the International Student ID card sponsored by STA Travel, which provides basic insurance travel coverage when traveling outside the country. This is supplemental travel insurance to be carried in addition to a personal health insurance policy.
The Faculty Leader, in consultation with Earlham College staff, has the authority to establish expectations necessary for the operation of the May Term. Should the Faculty Leader decide that a student must be terminated from the Program, that decision will be final. Expectations include: active participation in the orientation, satisfactory academic work, ability to meet the financial obligations of the May Term, willingness to be a responsible and cooperative group member, conformity to May Term rules and expectations, upholding laws and regulations of the area, good health that promotes effective participation, disclosure of material information requested by the May Term, and appropriate conduct in the host community or host family. Conduct that is potentially dangerous to the student or to others, such as the use or possession of illegal drugs or excessive alcohol consumption, may result in termination from the May Term. Serious physical or mental health issues that hinder the student’s ability to participate successfully in the May Term may also result in termination. Students who are dismissed from a May Term or who leave the May Term early will receive no credit for the semester.
The International Programs Office and the Faculty Leader will work together to coordinate a student’s return trip and to coordinate information on the Earlham campus.
Participation in the off-campus May Term involves risks not found in study at the College. These may include, but are not limited to, risk involved in traveling to and within and returning from the May Term site; political, legal, social and economic conditions; different standards of design, safety and maintenance of buildings, public places and conveyances; local medical and weather conditions. Students assume responsibility for their actions and well being at all times: prior to the May Term, during the May Term, during any independent periods, and following the May Term. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the United States Consulate and other appropriate agencies and authorities regarding the advisability of travel to other areas in the region if traveling overseas. Students accept these risks and responsibilities.
Students are required to arrive at the May Term site by the date specified. Students are expected to complete the May Term and remain at the May Term site until the specified departure date.
All off-campus May Term courses are worth three semester hours of credit. Grades will be included in the Earlham transcript and will be calculated into the grade point average. Students must complete the entire off-campus May Term in order to receive any academic credit.
Students are required to obey the conduct requirements of the individual May Term. Students are required to be in good physical, mental and emotional health to complete the May Term.
Students who are responsible for breakage or damage in the living situations or in the classroom setting will be charged for the cost of repair or replacement. Students who lose host family or other keys pertaining to the Program will be charged for replacement and other associated costs.
Students are expected to complete a written off-campus May Term evaluation before leaving the May Term.
Earlham reserves the right to terminate or alter an Off-Campus May Term at any time and for any reason, without prior notice. Every attempt will be made to keep students apprised of these changes as they arise.
Student Selection Process
Student Acceptance Process
May Term Cost and Billing
Risks and Responsibilities
Arrival and Departure
Courses, Academic Credit and Grades
Student Conduct and Health
Breakage, Damage and Loss of Items