Intensive Learning - How the Program Works

The Intensive Learning Term, also known as May Term, provides students with the opportunity to learn in an immersive environment.

Types of IL Opportunities

The College provides a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. The majority of these courses are offered in May, during a three-week term, although some IL travel courses may run a little over or a little under the three-week period. IL Independent Study and IL Internship typically occurs during May or summer.

Campus Courses - These are taught on campus, though some may include half-day or full-day trips off campus.

Field trip courses - These are taught mostly on campus but with overnight stays of no more than 5 nights off campus.

Travel Courses - These are taught mostly or entirely off-campus. There are two types of IL travel courses.

  • Travel overseas or to countries contiguous with the U.S. like Canada or Mexico.
  • Travel in the U.S., with overnight stays of 6 nights or more.

IL Independent Study and IL Internship - A student may apply to complete the IL requirement by doing an IL Independent Study or IL Internship. These must be undertaken when the student is not enrolled in other classes. Like all other IL courses, the IL Independent Study and the IL Internship require close interaction with a faculty mentor who supervises the project. Click here for more information.


Travel course logistics are handled by Dr. Pamela Serota Cote, Director of International Education, or 375-2299.  The IL Director is Associate Dean Gail Steehler,, 375-2436.


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