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Short Term Faculty-Led Courses

Faculty-led study away courses are short term courses that are less than eight weeks long and are taught by LaGrange College faculty.  They take place during the Maymester, Summer, or during a Semester. Students travel to international or domestic destinations to study, research, be exposed to different perspectives and become more culturally aware. 

Maymester features a one to three-semester-hour study away course which requires up to 120 hours of student engagement. Pre-departure and course preparation will likely begin during the preceding spring semester, with a sufficient number of faculty/student hours to fully prepare students for the travel component. This preparation may include on-campus and on-line sessions. Even though students will begin coursework, the official start of Maymester is the first Monday after graduation. Graduating seniors may enroll in a Maymester course. These seniors will be able to walk for graduation, but will not receive their degree until the following May after successfully completing the Maymester course. Graduating seniors will have to file a graduation petition and a pre-completion request with the VPAA.

As part of completing the on-line application, students must meet with the course faculty leader to obtain all necessary course information, requirements, and answer any questions students may have. Eligibility for study away courses requires that the student:
• Must be age 18 by the time study away occurs.
• Be in good standing.
• Have passport that will remain valid for at least six (6) months beyond your planned date of departure from the country you are visiting.

Application Process 
Being approved to study away as part of the curriculum of LaGrange College is not automatic but may be granted through the Office of Global Engagement based on:
  • A satisfactory review and approval of a completed application, references and required travel documents
  • The student’s fitness for travel
  • Meeting all academic, procedural, financial, and other prerequisites                      
Course Fee 
The costs listed in the online brochure are the anticipated per-participant travel and tuition charges for that particular course and include a fee for emergency health and travel insurance.  It is possible that these costs may require adjustments because of fluctuations in currency or changes in the itinerary. If so, you will be notified by email and it will be updated on-line. 

Visit Cancellation Fees and Refunds for further information.

Airline Upgrades and Flight Deviations
If participants want to upgrade their airline ticket, they must pay for the difference in price between the upgraded ticket and the student economy airfare ticket.
Participants on faculty-led study away courses travel together as a group. In very rare and specific cases, students may be granted a flight deviation to travel separately from the group or purchase their own ticket. Flight deviations will not be granted in the following cases:
1. Participant wants to use air miles or thinks they can find a cheaper ticket individually.
2. Participant wants to join program late or leave early (e.g. for personal travel plans).
Students who think they may qualify for a flight deviation must contact Global Engagement for information about the flight deviation approval process.  

Faculty are expected to fly to and from the program destination with the student group and on the same flight as the student group. 

If a student wishes to travel on their own after the conclusion of the course will need to complete a Request for Deviation from Itinerary. Approval must be granted before the departure date for planning purposes and to minimize additional costs for the student.

Any additional fees or costs associated with flight upgrades or deviations will be the responsibility of the student or faculty.  

Travel Risks and Behavior

LaGrange College study away courses offer opportunities for off-campus study either beyond the campus or beyond the borders of the United States.  Such study away inevitably involves risk: accident, injury, illness, civil unrest, and other unforeseen circumstances.  These risks are ones which neither those who sponsor travel nor those who travel can control.  Participation in such an off-campus study program is purely voluntary on the students' part.  As a condition for participation, LaGrange College requires that students execute liability releases and other documents which signify they acknowledge, accept, and assume all risks.  The College expects that students and their parents will use their own due diligence in informing themselves of current global conditions and in determining whether they wish the students to study away to given sites.  The LaGrange College Travel Warning Policy will determine if study away to a specific destination will be approved and if additional waivers need to be signed by the students.
Students participating in College-sponsored study away are expected to comply with all rules of behavior set forth by the course instructor and the LaGrange College Student Handbook.  After approval for study away is obtained, the College may terminate the student’s participation based on any disciplinary or other concerns which the College deems would make the student unsuitable for study away.  Non-compliance with behavior rules during a course may make the student subject to dismissal from the course, requiring the student to pay for an early departure for home.

Although no major revisions are anticipated, LaGrange College reserves the right to make necessary changes in the status, costs, requirements, or other details of its faculty-led, study-away courses.  Any course may be canceled for adequate reason, such as lack of sufficient enrollment or a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or CDC Health Advisory.