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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Scholars Program
in the Arts and Humanities
Hope College
Holland, MI 49422-9000

 

Off-Campus Study Guidelines

For the junior and senior years, Mellon Scholars are encouraged to consider the variety of off-campus study programs available to students at Hope College. Some opportunities, such as the Newberry Library Program, offer intensive research experiences that can complement the course of study undertaken in the junior and senior tutorials. More than 200 other domestic or international opportunities are available to Mellon Scholars, and can be undertaken in consultation with their academic advisor, their current Mellon Tutor (if appropriate), the Mellon Scholars Director, and the Office for International Education. Arrangements that are not compatible with the guidelines below must be approved by petition to the Mellon Scholars Committee at least one month in advance of the deadlines provided by the individual programs and the Office for International Education.

Off-Campus Study in the Summer


Mellon Scholars are encouraged to participate in off-campus programs during the summer (May, June, and July terms). Students seeking off-campus study opportunities in the summer should consult their academic advisor, their Mellon Tutor (if appropriate), and the individual off-campus study program director.

Off-Campus Study for Sophomores


Mellon Scholars are required to participate in both semesters of the Sophomore Seminar and may not study off-campus during the academic year.

Off-Campus Study for Juniors


Mellon Scholars who plan to study off-campus in their junior year should consult their academic advisor, their Mellon Tutor (if appropriate), and the Mellon Scholars Program Director before applying to the program. (The deadline for applications for the fall semester is February 1 and April 15 for the following spring semester.) Ideally, the off-campus program should be relevant to the student's course of study in the Mellon Scholars Program. Normally, Mellon Scholars should seek off-campus study in the fall semester in order to enable participation in the research-related events that are held in the spring semester at Hope College. Mellon Scholars who study off-campus in the spring should arrange to complete their junior projects in the fall semester. Mellon Scholars who spend both semesters of the junior year off-campus must submit an acceptable junior project in order to continue in the program. The project must be prepared in consultation with a faculty mentor at Hope College and the Mellon Scholars Program Director.

Off-Campus Study for Seniors


Mellon Scholars who plan to study off-campus in their senior year should consult their academic advisor, their Mellon Tutor(s), and the Mellon Scholars Program Director before applying to the program. (The deadline for applications for the fall semester is February 1 and April 15 for the following spring semester.) Ideally, the off-campus program should be relevant to the student's course of study in the Mellon Scholars Program. In most cases, Mellon Scholars should consider off-campus study only in the fall semester in order to enable to participation in the research-related events that are held in the spring semester at Hope College. If a Mellon Scholar participates in an off-campus study program in the spring of the senior year, he or she must participate in the Mellon Scholars Program’s culminating research events in order to complete the Program.