Special Learning Opportunities

Internships, foreign study, off-campus study and other special opportunities are available to qualified students. The student’s academic record and objectives will be taken into account in considering the proposed program.


Internships afford an opportunity for students to explore various career possibilities while still in college, enabling them to make better career choices. Internships may be completed in January term (J-term), summer and during the regular academic year. Internships are available in most disciplines and must have a strong academic component in order to be approved for credit. No more than two internships may be counted toward graduation. Other internships are designated as exploratory experiences and may be taken for either two or three semester hours, but will not fulfill graduation requirements.

Students who wish to pursue an internship should obtain an internship application (paperwork needed for the student to obtain academic credit for the internship) from the Office of Career Services. Students must attend one of the “All about Internships” workshops led by the director of career services. Students must obtain permission from their academic adviser and the dean of the faculty. Regulations governing internships for credit are stated in the academic regulations.

Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Online Consortium

Through a cooperative agreement between Wilson College and the Council on Independent Colleges (CIC) Consortium, qualified students may schedule online courses on a space-available basis. The course credit, along with the grade earned, appears as regular credit (not as transfer credit) on the student’s official record. Students register and pay tuition and fees through Wilson College.

The Registrar’s Office will publish a listing of undergraduate course options for J-term and Summer semesters.  Course offerings in Fall and Spring are on a need-only basis. Students and their academic advisors should consult with the Registrar’s Office if a course is needed for Fall or Spring. 

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the exchange.

There will be no additional charge to undergraduate students who complete a course through the CIC Consortium. 

Graduate students would pay traditional Wilson costs for each course. If the CIC course has a fee that is higher than Wilson College’s graduate tuition and fees, then that student must also pay the difference. 

Students who receive tuition remission, tuition exchange, or graduate assistantships must pay the CIC course fee.

Most course offerings are open to those students who have the necessary prerequisites. However, students may not schedule a course available at Wilson College.

A student’s course load, including the course(s) scheduled through CIC, should not exceed the maximum load for Wilson College.

Students who participate in a CIC online course will follow the schedule and dates for the host institution.

To apply for a CIC Consortium course, students should contact the Registrar’s Office to complete the required paperwork.

Shippensburg University Exchange

Through a cooperative agreement between Wilson College and Shippensburg University, qualified full-time students may schedule courses on each other’s campuses on a space-available basis. The course credit, along with the grade earned, appears as regular credit – not as transfer credit – on the student’s official record. Students register and pay tuition at the college at which they have matriculated.

Students must be in good academic standing at their home institution to participate in the exchange.

Most course offerings at each college are open to those students at the other college who have the necessary prerequisites. However, students may not schedule a course available on their own campus at the alternate college.

A student’s course load, including the course(s) scheduled at the other college, should not exceed the maximum load for the home college.

Gettysburg College

By special arrangement through the Office of the Registrar, a Wilson student may enroll in courses at Gettysburg College.

Study Abroad

Students who wish to develop their skills in a foreign language are encouraged to study for a summer, semester or year at an appropriate institution abroad. Study abroad may be useful for the experience of living in another culture and learning within a different academic environment.

Interested students should consult with their advisers and meet with the director of the Wilson College Study-Abroad Program at least nine months in advance of the time they intend to apply to programs abroad. Additional information about global education and international volunteer opportunities is available through the director of the study-abroad program.

Bahrom International Program

The Bahrom International Program provides the opportunity for Wilson College students, faculty and staff to experience the rich culture of South Korea in an intensive and rewarding four-week course of study. Each year, Seoul Women’s University invites participants to learn about the language, art, history, political system and economic structure of South Korea by providing an exciting and varied curriculum. Courses include hands-on learning activities, lectures, sightseeing, group study sessions and field trips. American scholars are paired with Korean counterparts to enhance the exchange of cultures and help form lifelong friendships. Additional information is available from the director of the study abroad program.

Smithsonian Semester

Wilson College is a member institution of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation which is run by George Mason University out of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. In this program, students live on the SCBI campus and learn about the theory and application of conservation biology (including the social, political and economic dimensions). Students who satisfactorily complete this program will receive a minor in Conservation Studies upon graduation.

Public Leadership Education Network

Wilson College is a Public Leadership Education Network member institution. PLEN offers women students the opportunity to attend seminars in the nation’s capital, where they are introduced to role models, career paths and skills training. Students meet with and learn from women leaders in diverse fields, build their resumes and gain networking opportunities through the PLEN seminars. Past programs include Women in Science/Technology Policy; Women and Public Policy; Women and International Policy; and Women, Law and Public Policy. More information is available at www.plen.org and from the Office of the Academic Dean.

The Washington Center

Wilson College is affiliated with the Washington Center. The center provides students from any major with an opportunity to live, study and complete an internship in the nation’s capital. Students should be at least second-semester students with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

The program is available in the summer, as well as fall and spring terms. More information is available at www.twc.edu and from the academic dean’s office.

January Term

During the month of January, students have the opportunity to engage in on- and off-campus activities, including courses, internships, study abroad, guided study and independent study.

Summer Study

Students should obtain permission in advance to receive credit for work satisfactorily completed at summer sessions of regionally accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, or through approved travel study tours. Summer courses are also offered on the Wilson College campus or in an online format.