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Earlham's May Term offers an intense, innovative academic experience on or off campus. Courses often represent all parts of the College's curriculum, fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. While completing a May Term course is not required, students enjoy these concentrated explorations of a specific subject and benefit from working closely with faculty members for these three- or four-week experiences. May Term courses are offered both on and off campus. On-campus May Term enrollment averages about 75 students. Each year about 100 students travel and study with Earlham faculty in several international locations for May Term courses.
Students should begin thinking and talking with advisers about May Term during the Fall Semester. Faculty members who are leading off-campus May Terms often offer explanatory sessions in September and October. Off-campus May Term courses require a separate application and selection process. Applicants are notified of selection for off-campus May Terms in November. Students register for all May Term courses during Spring Semester Registration which closes in mid-January each year.
Through the generosity of Neil Hawkins, the parent of an Earlham student who traveled to Spain and Morocco and Ghana during three May Term experiences. Committed to international education, Hawkins has funded a scholarship program to assist students with the expense of off-campus May Term courses. The International Programs Office manages the application process for this scholarship. Four $2,500 scholarships were awarded for May Term 2011.