The On-Campus Interim Session Program provides an opportunity for Lafayette College to offer innovative, creative, and experimental courses during the break in the academic calendar, between the Fall and Spring semester.
Courses offered during the Interim Session enhance the College curriculum by adding diversity and flexibility; they are taught in a distinctive manner using pedagogies that may be difficult to incorporate during the regular semester. The Interim Session provides an intensive academic experience during a period that is relatively free from regular semester distractions. The Program is voluntary for both faculty and students, thereby creating a high degree of motivation and genuine desire to learn on the part of those involved. All on-campus interim courses must have Faculty approval through the normal approval process.
Since 1979, Lafayette has offered students the opportunity for a study abroad experience through its optional Interim Abroad Program. Interim Abroad courses typically run for approximately three weeks, beginning in late December or early January (or immediately following May final exams). Anticipated program costs will range from $4,500 to $5,600, with that amount covering tuition, airfare, room, admission fees, and medical insurance; for some courses some meals are included in the program cost. For Marquis Scholars, the College provides a one-time stipend of $4,000 towards the program cost. All students, including Marquis Scholars, are responsible for the cost of their passports, visas, and inoculations; any meals not covered in the program cost; any medical costs that may be incurred during the trip (reimbursable through the insurance plan); and incidental and personal expenses. A limited amount of financial aid is available to students enrolled in Interim Abroad courses, and is awarded based on demonstrated need.
The following guidelines apply to all Interim Abroad courses:
Faculty interested in developing an Interim Abroad course should contact the Director of International and Off-Campus Education at ext. 5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.