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Extended Studies

The Extended Studies requirement was approved by the DePauw faculty February 2014 to go into effect during the 2014-15 academic year. This requirement replaces the Winter Term requirement. Extended Studies opportunities are available in Winter Term (January), May Term (May-June) and summer. Students in credit-bearing courses and activities may be eligible for financial support (grants and/or loans).

Extended Studies Requirement
Financial Support 
Tuition, Course Load and Expenses
Advising Considerations 

Extended Studies Requirement

(from the University catalog)

Every DePauw student must complete at least two Extended Studies opportunities with a passing or satisfactory grade. Options for completing the Extended Studies requirement include:

  • credit-bearing Winter Term or May Term course
  • approved non-credit-bearing course, externship, travel experience or service learning program
  • semester-long off-campus study opportunity or internship
  • independent study, research  project or creative  project

Each of these experiences must be pre-approved to count toward the Extended Studies requirement. At least one of these opportunities must be completed through participation in Winter Term or May Term course or opportunity.

Students who receive incomplete (I) grades in an Extended Studies opportunity must complete the course by the end of the following semester or the grade will automatically convert to grade of failure (F) or unsatisfactory (U). Students who have a deficient number of Extended Studies opportunities may petition to the Committee on Experiential Learning to make up a course in an alternative way. Graduating seniors who receive a failing or unsatisfactory Extended Studies grade during the senior year may petition to make up the course during the final spring semester if appropriate arrangements can be made. Tuition is charged to enroll in a make-­up Extended Studies opportunity that is credit-bearing course.

Winter Term experiences completed prior to Fall 2014 count toward the Extended Studies requirement. Students who entered DePauw prior to Fall 2014 and are continuing may select to complete the Extended Studies requirement rather than the Winter Term requirement.

Tuition, Course Load and Expenses

Standard Tuition Charges

For tuition and course load purposes, Winter Term is considered to be part of the fall semester and May Term part of the spring. Full time students are eligible to take up to 4.5 credits combined during the fall semester and January without paying extra tuition. Similarly, full time students are eligible to take up to 4.5 credits combined during the spring semester and May Term without paying extra tuition.

Tuition Overage Exemptions

Honors and Fellows courses that must be taken in a specific semester, music ensembles, and courses associated with performing a University service such as tutoring are exempted from tuition overloads.  In addition, School of Music students may be exempted from tuition overloads when they are enrolled in a schedule that is considered to be typical for their degree as determined by the Dean of the School of Music.

Travel Expenses

All off-campus study courses will have additional costs associated with travel expenses. Students in credit-bearing off-campus study courses may be eligible for additional financial support (see below).

Financial Support

Students working toward completion of degree requirements may be eligible for federal financial aid (including loans) for credit-bearing Extended Studies (ES) courses. Students may also be considered for an Extended Studies Grant to support credit-bearing ES courses. To be considered for financial support for Winter or May Term courses, students must complete the need-based application process by May 1 of the prior academic year.  Students who only want to pursue federal loans should contact the financial aid office to discuss options and required applications.

FINANCIAL AID PRIORITIZATION FOR EXTENDED STUDIES

Priority for Extended Studies Grants will be given to those students:

  • who have financial need; and

  • who have not completed, and who will not be completing in 2014-2015, a semester-long off-campus experience (e.g., study abroad, Honors & Fellows semester internship); and

  • who have not received financial assistance for prior Winter Term or May Term faculty-led off-campus courses, Winter Term independent study, or Winter Term study at another school.

Being a previous recipient of DePauw financial support for externships or summer internships will not change a student's Extended Studies financial aid priority.  Other situations will be considered on a case by case basis.  

Non-credit-bearing courses, unless otherwise noted in the course description, are not eligible for federal financial aid or Extended Studies Grants.

Advising Considerations

Because of the way credit-bearing Extended Studies courses are calculated into the tuition course load, students who are planning on a credit-bearing Extended Study experience should avoid registering in more than 4.0 course credits in the semester prior to the experience. There are some exceptions to what counts toward an overload (see above). If students are enrolled in courses after the drop/add deadline (normally the end of the first week of classes), they count toward their course load totals even if they withdraw from the course.