May Term Study Experiences are a long-standing Westminster tradition, and many students look back on their study experience as the highlight of their time at Westminster. Designed to be cost-effective with maximum impact, they are a great short-term study abroad option. Successful completion of any May Term Study Experience will fulfill the WCore Engaging the World requirement.
All currently enrolled Westminster undergraduate students are eligible to register for a study experience. Students who wish to participate but not register for a course must receive permission from the faculty leader. Non-student guests who are over 18 years old can participate if space is available and the faculty leader gives permission. Non-student participants do not earn credits or pay tuition, but must pay the advertised cost for trip expenses.
Each study experience offers different courses depending on the faculty leaders and the location of travel. The majority of courses offered as part of the study experiences do not have prerequisites. Students will register for 1 course worth 4 credits. Courses can fulfill the WCore Engaging the World requirement or a general elective. Students should speak with their faculty advisor if they would like the course to fulfill a major/minor requirement.
Payment of full-time tuition for fall and spring semesters earns 4 discounted credits (2 credits per semester), which can be used for a May Term Study Experience. Therefore, a student will only pay the published travel expenses if the 4 credits were earned. If a student has not earned the 4 credits and would like to participate in a study experience, the student will need to pay the tuition cost per credit hour for the course.
See the Undergraduate May Term tuition schedule for the per credit cost.
Registration for all undergraduates begins at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2020. Registration is first-come, first-served and will continue until the study experience is full or until Jan. 31, whichever comes first. Please be aware that some study experiences will fill quickly.
Registration for May Term Study Experiences is not done through Self Service. To register, visit the Upcoming May Term Study Experiences webpage.
A $300 deposit is required to confirm participation in a study experience and must be paid upon registration. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable and will be applied towards the trip expenses.
Any student with a registration hold will be contacted by the Office for Global Engagement. Failure to resolve the hold within 48 hours of being contacted may result in the student forfeiting the spot in the Study Experience. To avoid any complications, all students are encouraged to look in Self Service for information on holds and resolve any outstanding holds prior to signing up for a May Term Study Experience.
Payment Schedule for all Study Experiences
Deposit Due: Upon registration
Final Payment Due: Feb. 1
The remaining program cost will be assessed as a course fee on your tuition account. Since the final payment does not follow the regular May Term tuition schedule, you will see tuition plus the trip expenses on your account. If you earned the 4 discounted credits, you are only responsible for paying the trip expenses.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
To withdraw from a study experience, you must notify the faculty leader in writing of your intention to withdraw.
- The $300 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- 50% of your trip expenses are non-refundable beginning Feb. 2.
- 100% of your trip expenses are non-refundable beginning Apr. 1.
- If a you did not earn 4 discounted credits and have to pay tuition, tuition fees will follow the May Term tuition payment and refund schedule.
Cancellation Due to Insufficient Enrollment
If a study experience fails to meet minimum enrollment requirements, the college will cancel the program no later than the last day of Feb. and students will be given the option to enroll in a different study experience that has space available or receive a 100% refund of all fees paid, including the $300 deposit.
Cancellation Due to Unforeseen Circumstances
Westminster College reserves the right to cancel a study experience or make modifications to the itinerary and/or academic program due to factors that are beyond Westminster's control. In the event of such a cancellation, the college will refund any recoverable expenses to the participant. Any other unrecoverable expenses are non-refundable and will be the responsibility of the participant.