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Short-term field programs

Hampshire College offers a number of faculty-led short-term field courses for academic credit that provide students the opportunity for off-campus study and research either elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. These courses are offered and administered through the global education office (GEO) during January or summer and are generally 2-4 weeks in length. All Hampshire short-term field courses have an application, course fee, and registration process administered through the global education office.  For more information see the global education office webpage.

Eligibility Requirements for Short-term Field Courses:

To be eligible to participate in a GEO short-term field course, you must:

  • Be an actively enrolled student in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Qualify for specific course prerequisites
  • Be in good financial standing at Hampshire. Students who have outstanding financial obligations may not be eligible.
  • Apply to the global education office using the online application system by the published application deadlines.  

Note:  Students on medical leave are not eligible to participate in short-term field courses. Students on personal leave must request permission to apply from the global education office.

Policy on Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing for Short-term Field Courses:

Students wanting to participate in a short-term field course must be in both good academic and disciplinary standing at Hampshire College.  The center for academic support and advising (CASA), the global education office (GEO) and the dean of students office/ office of student rights and responsibilities collaborate to review all academic and conduct records of students who are applying for a short-term field course. Students must be clear of any outstanding or ongoing rormal student conduct processes and probationary terms cannot coincide with the intended period away (all must be completed the semester before leaving campus). Students who may be on  probation (disciplinary status sanction) or contract at the time of application but whose probationary terms end prior to the planned period off-campus are not automatically disqualified from participating. Students may be required to submit additional information to CASA or GEO as well as participate in an interview prior to their approval for a short-term field course. Once a student’s application is approved, approval may be revoked at any time for failure to maintain good academic and disciplinary standing at any time up to the time of departure.  It is in the student’s best interest to notify the appropriate advisor if they have violation of the norms for community living and policies prior to application.  If a student’s application for a short-term field course has been denied or their eligibility status to participate has been revoked, students have an opportunity to seek a review by filing a written request to the Dean of Faculty within 3 days once they have been notified. Hampshire reserves the right to review each case on the nature, severity, and number of incidents prior to approval of participation in a short-term field course.