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Earlham students who meet the requirements of each individual Program as outlined on Program information sheets are eligible to apply. Each Program has its own set of criteria, which may include a language requirement or specific course requirement.
Application materials for Earlham off-campus semester Programs are available in the International Programs Office, 132 Bolling Center. Applications consist of several components, including a four year plan signed by the Academic Advisor, a recommendation form completed by a faculty member, a set of essays to be completed by the applicant, a form signed by the Financial Aid Office, a form signed by the Student Development Office, and an application form and essays to be completed by the student.
Completed 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.
Criteria for selection include but may not be limited to, the following:
A selection committee composed typically of the Faculty Leader(s), past Program participants, and a representative from IPO reviews the application materials. In addition to the application materials, an interview is also an important component of the selection process.
The International Programs Office may consult with relevant college personnel for advice concerning, but not limited to, serious medical or emotional problems, violations of acceptable community behavior such as alcohol or drug abuse, threats of physical harm, damage or destruction of property, or sexual assault.
No student is guaranteed acceptance to any specific Program. Programs are subject to capacity limitations and other admissions criteria.
After the selection of students has been made, the International Programs Office will send a letter to all applicants informing them of the results. In some cases, students may be placed on a waitlist. If there is a withdrawal from the Program, waitlisted applicants may be reconsidered.
A student who has not been selected may appeal the decision. For an appeal to be considered, the student must be in good standing with the College and eligible to participate. The appeal must be in the form of a letter and should be submitted to the Director of the International Programs Office. A sub-committee of the International Education Committee will review the appeal. The International Programs Office will inform the student of the results of the appeal. Results of all appeals are final.
The International Programs Office informs students of the results of the selection process in a formal letter sent to the student’s campus mailbox. Faculty may inform students after the formal letter from IPO has been sent. Students are informed of the Conditions of Acceptance in the acceptance letter. Participation in the Program is contingent upon:
Failure to meet all of the above the conditions may result in a student being disenrolled from a Program.
A $350 deposit is required of each participant after selection. The deposit is part of the total Program fee. It is due in the Earlham Accounting Office on the designated date provided in the acceptance letter. The deposit will not be refunded if a student withdraws from the Program after the designated date, except in the case of an emergency or illness.
Earlham Semester Programs cost the same as tuition, room and board, and fees on campus. Students are responsible for travel costs to and from the Program site, for costs of independent travel, for books and materials, for passport, visa and health costs, and for personal expenses.
Students will be billed on the regular Earlham billing cycle.
Participation in the Program is voluntary, but students agree to participate in the Program and cooperate with Earlham College, the Faculty Leader, and the group in all aspects of the Program.
Students who withdraw from the Program should notify IPO immediately by phone or e-mail, followed by a signed statement of withdrawal. IPO will then notify the necessary offices on campus: The Registrar, Residence Life/Student Development, Accounting, Financial Aid. Students who withdraw from the Program after the deposit is due and who have not made the deposit, will be charged $350.00. In addition to forfeiting the deposit, students who withdraw from the Program within one month prior to the departure date will be required to compensate the College for expenses committed on their behalf. Students who withdraw between the first day of the Program and the end of the second week will be refunded 65% of the total Program fee. Students who withdraw from the beginning of the third week to the end of the fifth week will be refunded 30% of the total Program fee. After the end of the fifth week of the Program, there will be no refunds.
Participation in pre-departure orientation is required for enrollment in an Earlham off-campus Program. There will be 5-6 two-hour sessions, plus an all -day session with the group and the Faculty Leader. These sessions are designed to prepare the participants for the cross-cultural experience. Earlham students will receive 1 semester hour credit (ID24). There is no charge for the credit, which is applied to the transcript upon completion of the off-campus Program. During the orientation, students will be provided with a Program Handbook with important information. Parents/guardians will also receive the Handbook. Students who do not complete all orientation sessions may be disenrolled from the Program.
All students on an Earlham off-campus Program 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 travel insurance 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 the International Programs Office at Earlham, has the authority to establish expectations necessary for the operation of the Program. Should the Faculty Leader or Director of International Programs decide that a student must be terminated from the Program, that decision will be final. Expectations include:Active participation in the orientation Program, satisfactory academic work, ability to meet the financial obligations of the Program, willingness to be a responsible and cooperative group member, conformity to Program rules and expectations, upholding laws and regulations of the area, good health that promotes effective participation, disclosure of material information requested by the Program, and appropriate conduct in the host community or host country. 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 Program. Serious physical or mental health issues that hinder the student’s ability to participate successfully may also result in termination from the Program. Students who are dismissed from a Program or who leave a Program 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 an off-campus semester Program 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 Program 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 Program, during the Program, during the independent periods, and following the Program. 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 must accept these risks and responsibilities.
Students are required to arrive at the Program site by the date specified. Students are expected to complete the Program and remain at the Program site until the specified departure date.
Students are required to be fulltime students throughout the Program and will be enrolled in all of the courses offered on the Earlham off-campus Program. Independent studies, audits, the Credit/No Credit option and variable credit are not permitted. Credit is awarded only as indicated on the course schedule.
Grades from Earlham off-campus Programs will be included on the Earlham transcript and will be calculated into the grade point average. Students must complete the entire semester Program on-site in order to receive any academic credit.
Students are required to obey the conduct requirements of the individual Program. Students are required to be in good physical, mental and emotional health to complete the Program.
Students are responsible for their expenses during the independent travel period.
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 Program evaluation before returning from the Program.
Earlham reserves the right to terminate or alter a Program 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
Program Cost and Billing
Risks and Responsibilities
Arrival and Departure
Courses, Academic Credit and Grades
Student Conduct and Health
Breakage, Damage and Loss of Items