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Extended Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Some commonly asked questions about DePauw's new Extended Studies offerings.

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While learning more about our new Extended Studies (ES) policies and offerings, you may have some additional questions about what these changes will mean for your experience at DePauw.  Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions are below.  If you still have questions after reading these and the additional information on the Hubbard Center website, you are encouraged to contact a Hubbard Center adviser, or schedule an appointment to talk more in-depth about your particular questions or concerns.
  

What does Extended Studies mean for me as a student?

What kind of opportunities are available for me through Extended Studies?

I am an upperclassman who has already completed multiple Winter Terms.  Do those count?

Why are there different kinds of classes?  Does it make a difference?

I am interested in a curricular class, and I want to see if I can get financial aid to help with costs.  Is this possible? 


What does Extended Studies mean for me as a student?  

There are several notable differences you will see.  One of the most noticeable will be that DePauw will now offer a more robust set of opportunities for students during May Term.  This will include faculty-led off-campus courses to destinations around the world.  Also, graduation requirements have changed: instead of three Winter Term courses, students now need to complete only two Extended Studies experiences, one of which must be during Winter Term or May Term.  


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What kind of opportunities are available for me through Extended Studies?

Many different opportunities exist for you to receive Extended Studies credit.  These options include: a January or May on-campus course, a faculty-led off-campus course, internship or externship, service-learning project, semester-long off-campus study or internship, an independent study, research project or creative project.  Potential opportunities must be pre-approved to count for Extended Studies credit.  


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I am an upperclassman who has already completed multiple Winter Terms.  Do those count?

Yes.  Current sophomores, juniors and seniors have the option to graduate with the new Extended Studies requirements.  If you have completed two Winter Terms, then you have already fulfilled the graduation requirements.  You are always free - and encouraged - to pursue additional May Term and Winter Term experiences, however.


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Why are there different kinds of classes?  Does it make a difference?

On-campus and faculty-led off-campus courses will be either a curricular or co-curricular course.  Both curricular and co-curricular offerings will count for Extended Studies credit.  Curricular classes will be graded, provide .5 credit toward the 31 credits required for graduation and are eligible for financial aid.  Co-curricular classes are graded as pass/fail, do not provide any additional credit toward the 31 credits required for graduation and are not eligible for financial aid.  Some financial assistance may be available for some co-curricular off-campus courses; it's important to inquire early to be learn about what opportunities are available.


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I am interested in a curricular class, and I want to see if I can get financial aid to help with costs.  Is this possible? 

Yes.  You can use financial aid for curricular (.5 credit-bearing) Extended Studies classes.  Students may be eligible for federal aid (including loans), as well as potentially Extended Studies Grants.  Grants are available to students who have demonstrated financial need; who have not completed or will be completing a semester-long off-campus experience in 2014-15; and who have not received financial assistance for prior Winter Term or May Term off-campus faculty-led courses, Winter Term independent study or Winter Term study at another school.

Visit the Registrar's page for additional information on considerations for utilizing financial aid in Extended Studies curricular coursework. 


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