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Special Courses and Programs
Each summer the University of Virginia offers a rich selection of programs and courses to over four-thousand students through its Summer Session. Many of these programs and courses are not available during the academic year. Summer Session students have access to an array of support services and extra-curricular activities during their studies.
The mission of the University’s Summer Session is to supplement academic-year course offerings, to facilitate fulfillment of undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, and to extend access to the resources of the University of Virginia to students enrolled at other colleges or universities, rising high school juniors and seniors, and lifelong learners.
Summer Session 2005 will be the one hundred and first at UVa. Courses will be offered May 16 to June 11, June 14 to July 12, July 14 to August 11 and June 14 to August 11. For teachers seeking summer courses, the Curry School of Education will offer four three-week sessions and an alternate weekend schedule. The Nursing School has a special calendar for its students.
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Completing the Liberal Arts Degree in Three Years If you are entering the College with a large number of AP credits, transfer credits, or dual enrollment credits, and/or if you are planning to take 18-19 credits each semester, and/or if you are planning to attend summer sessions, you may be able to finish both the area requirements of the College and the requirements for a major in three years. Additionally, you may be exempt from certain courses or requirements if your SAT II Subject Test scores are high enough.
If you are planning to graduate in three years, you should inform both your Faculty Advisor and Association Dean early on so that they can advise you accordingly. For example, you would probably have to declare a major in your second or third semester, and would certainly want to make good progress toward satisfying the College’s area requirements by the end of the first year. For more information on the requirements for specific majors, contact the appropriate department.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree programis tailored to adults who have completed the first two years of undergraduate work but are unable to enroll in a full-time degree program due to work or personal commitments. The BIS program offers a challenging and stimulating curriculum with a full course schedule in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Classes meet in the evenings. Students may be admitted in fall or spring semesters. BIS students pursue concentrations in business, humanities, social sciences or, with special approval, an individualized curriculum, including an opportunity to prepare for teacher licensure.
For further information, contact BIS Degree Program, University of Virginia, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 106 Midmont Lane, P. O. Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764, (434) 982-5274. http://uvace.virginia.edu/bisdegree.
Admission of High School Juniors and Seniors Rising high school juniors and seniors may apply for admission to the University’s Summer Session. High school students admitted to the Summer Session enroll in regular, credit-bearing University of Virginia courses. There are no Summer Session courses designed for high school students. All University Summer Session courses are delivered in an intensive format. Only rising juniors and seniors with an outstanding academic record and demonstrated personal maturity will be considered for admission to the University’s Summer Session. A high school junior or senior who successfully completes Summer Session course work will receive undergraduate credit.
The Director of the Summer Session serves as the academic advisor to high school students offered admission to the Summer Session. The Director helps such students select appropriate programs. The normal course load is one course in a 4.5-week session or two courses spanning the nine-week session. The Summer Session application form for rising high school juniors and seniors can be found on page 81 and is also available at www.virginia.edu/summer. Admission to the Summer Session does NOT constitute admission to a degree program at the University of Virginia. Summer Session students are subject to the University of Virginia’s academic, financial, and non-academic rules and regulations. Students enrolled in a UVa Summer Session course are expected to attend each class meeting.
English as a Second Language (ESL) The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) provides an array of services to help members of the University of Virginia community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States. During the academic year, CAELC offers a number of ESL courses free of charge to students who have matriculated in a degree program at the University of Virginia. Visiting scholars and research associates may also enroll in CAELC classes. Completion of the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam must precede placement in any CAELC class.
Individuals can take the exam at the beginning of each semester and by appointment throughout the year. CAELC also administers the SPEAK Test in August, December, and May. The SPEAK Test is used to assess the oral proficiency of prospective graduate teaching assistants whose native language is not English. CAELC offers several courses designed to help prospective teaching assistants develop the communication skills needed for teaching in a US college or university. CAELC offers an intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program through the University’s Summer Language Institute, mid-July through mid-August. The EAP program is for entering students and research associates. CAELC endorses the NAFSA Principles of International Educational Exchange and the TESOL Standards for Post Secondary Programs. Information on testing, classes, and other services is available online at www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc ; email@example.com ; (434) 924-3371.
The Summer Language Institute offers nine-week courses in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan. Students attend classes five days a week, six hours a day. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed in a student-centered environment. Students are expected to attend all classes and evening cultural activities, Monday through Friday. Students are advised to live in their program’s language residence to enhance their learning and to increase proficiency in the target language. Individuals who successfully complete the Institute earn 12 credits, which satisfies the foreign language requirement at the University of Virginia. The seven individual SLI language programs are listed in the course offering section of the catalog.
The Summer Language Institute also offers English for Academic Purposes. Participants in this 4 1/2 week program enjoy the intensive learning experience found in other SLI programs. English for Academic Purposes is listed in the course offering section of this catalog as LING 108S.
Official Application Required for all Programs. For further information, contact the Summer Language Institute, Summer Session, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400161, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4161; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.virginia.edu/summer/sli.
Mountain Lake Biological Station, a facility of the Department of Biology, holds several residential sessions for the intensive study of courses in field biology. The station is located at 1200 meters elevation in the Allegheny Mountains of Giles County, VA offering a diverse array of habitats for field work. For information on undergraduate and graduate courses and research opportunities, see pages 35-36, call (434) 982-5486, or e-mail email@example.com for a brochure. Competition for independent financial aid and work-study awards is open to all students. www.mlbs.virginia.edu or mlbs.org.
The Center for the Liberal Arts sponsors workshops, graduate courses, in-service programs, and fellowships for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This summer’s planned offerings include four seminars: 20th Century United States History (2 credits), and three separate seminars of Spaces and Places of Memory: Teaching American History Through the Urban Landscape of Washington D.C. (1 credit each). For further information, please contact the Center for the Liberal Arts, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400762, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4762; tel.: (434) 982-5205; fax: (434) 982-5335; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.virginia.edu/cla.
The Central Virginia Writing Project is part of The National Writing Project, a national effort to improve the writing of the nation’s students. Since 1979, up to 25 elementary and secondary teachers have been selected annually as fellows for this intensive summer institute hosted by the Curry School of Education. For further information, see pages 41 and 61 or call Ms. Julie Estes at (434) 243-5503.
School of Continuing and Professional Studies University Center The summer brings special programs into residence at the University and at other locations. The Jefferson Symposium, The Civil War Conference, The Shakespeare Seminar, The Virginia Architect Symposium, and The Seminars at Oxford, England are just a few of the topics offered. Each program offers unsurpassed value, rich content, and a history of exceptional participant satisfaction. In addition, the University Center offers summer field schools in historical archeology at both Monticello and Poplar Forest, and sponsors many workshops, conferences and courses developed with academic departments, corporations, and community and government agencies. For further information, contact, the University Center, SCPS, P.O. Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764; (434) 982-5313; www.universitycenter.info.