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Submit an Independent Study Application

Getting Started on an Application

You will share a first draft of your proposal with the Independent Studies coordinators before you submit your finalized application to the committee. This is meant to help strengthen your application; the coordinators will provide extensive feedback and suggest strategies for revision.

The feedback process is dialectical and meant to improve your learning experience - please reach out to the coordinators at any point to discuss your ideas.

Before Submitting an Application

Before submitting an Independent Study Application, please read thoroughly the Independent Study section of this website, and refer to the (G)ISP/AI Application Checklist. We also recommend giving your intended faculty sponsor the Faculty Info Sheet for more information about being a (G)ISP/AI sponsor.

All Group Independent Study Projects (GISPs), Independent Study Projects (ISPs), and Academic Internships (AIs) need to submit the Independent Study Application and a Faculty Sponsor statement, along with any appropriate supplements. Submission instructions are within the documents.

(G)ISP/AI Proposal Submission Form

Application Materials

Every student participant in a GISP is expected to contribute to the course syllabus, and in how each of the classes are facilitated once the semester is underway.

Students wishing to enroll in the GISP need to be on the original roster for it when the proposal is submitted the semester prior. However, during the first week of the semester for the GISP, there is an opportunity for the GISP faculty sponsor and student coordinator to submit a petition to add students to the course.

Submission Deadlines

Friday, November 10, 2023 Deadline to submit initial, complete (G)ISP/GLISP/AI proposal for required first review by IS team (Spring 2024 courses)
Friday, April 5, 2024 Deadline to submit final GISPs/ISPs/AIs for Fall 2024 semester 

For a Departmental Independent Study course, work directly with your professor to determine the expectations you both have for the credit. They will give you an override code, and you must register for the course no later than the Add a Course deadline listed on the Academic Calendar -- the end of the fourth week of the semester.