During the month of January, faculty and students are permitted to concentrate on a single study project. These projects are designed to move beyond traditional classroom courses and teaching methods and to encourage innovative, experiential learning. Projects are graded on an honors/pass/fail basis which allows students to explore projects in which they have interest but not necessarily a full background, without risking their GPA. Students annually enroll in on-campus projects, internships, service learning, and travel/study projects. Students are also able to propose independent study projects.
There are two cycles to apply for Wofford Travel Grants: in the fall and spring prior to the Interim. An online application is available and any student wishing to travel overseas during January who meets the requirements is encouraged to apply. Grants have ranged from $500-1500 and are an excellent way to curb some of the costs incurred.
First-year students are permitted to participate in faculty-led travel projects and those sponsored by Wofford's study abroad partners. They may also propose their own independent projects to be completed on campus or within the Spartanburg area.
Yes. The deposit is only non-refundable for those who are admitted. Those not admitted may elect to apply for a second choice project or request that their deposit be returned or destroyed.
Wofford operates under the 4-1-4 academic calendar with the month of January designed as Interim. Each Wofford student must complete and pass four Interim projects (one for each full-time year or equivalent at Wofford) to graduate.
Most Interim projects use Pass with Honors (H), Pass (P) and Unsatisfactory (U) as grades to evaluate student work. Some projects, however, use the standard A-F scale. H, P and U grades do not enter into calculations of GPA, but all A-F grades do.
Credit hours earned in Interim projects may be applied only to Interim requirements; they cannot be used to satisfy any portion of General Education or major requirements. A student may register for credit in only one project per Interim period and will not be granted extra credit for taking more than one. He or she may not repeat for credit any project in which he or she has participated previously (H/P/F graded or A-F graded, in which the students has received the grade of F). When engaged in Interim, students may not undertake any other work for academic credit with the exception of a Physical Education course.
Any project may be cancelled because of low enrollment or safety.
In the event a student wishes to drop an on-campus Interim course after the deadline, the student will be permitted to drop or add any Interim course by visiting the Office of the Registrar in person; however, the student will remain liable for the course fee associated with the Interim course that was dropped, as well as any additional fee associated with the Interim course added. Interim travel/study project deposits are considered non-refundable unless the applicant is not accepted to participate or the program is cancelled. Students who are not admitted may elect to apply for a second travel/study program choice or request that their deposit be refunded or destroyed.
On-campus tuition, room and board is included during the Interim as part of the fall tuition and fees. Most Interims, however, require additional program fees, and students participating in travel/study Interims incur much larger expenses. Each Interim proposal makes these fees clear from the start.
Each Interim project is to be self-sustaining financially, with any necessary project costs being borne by the students participating. In the case of projects involving major travel and living expenses, it is understood that the instructors' expenses are borne, on a pro-rated basis, by the student participants.
To help with the cost of Interim travel and study, the college offers several Wofford
First-year students are permitted to participate in faculty-led travel projects and those sponsored by Wofford’s study abroad partners. They may also propose their own independent projects to be completed on campus or within the Spartanburg area.