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LIT Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in the LIT program?

The Institute for Linguistics, Image, and Text is targeted towards undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students, and is open to students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. The interdisciplinary nature of the institute will be helpful for rising college freshman and sophomores who have not yet declared a major/concentration, and want to learn how to synthesize the general education that they have received or hope to receive intro a coherent major/concentration. It will also be helpful to more advanced students who would like to pursue an interdisciplinary senior thesis/project, or to any student who is interested in working across disciplines to explore narrative discourse.

What is a skill(s) I will gain from this program?

The ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in the cognitive sciences and the arts, as well as learning by creating, discussion, and experimenting within a community.

Are prerequisites required?

We encourage anyone with a strong interest/background in the topics covered during the program to apply.

What is the application timeline?

2018 application review will begin in early February 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the faculty selection committee. Once students are accepted to the program, they will be required to make a $400 program deposit. Please note that the full tuition balance is due by May 18, 2018.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

Students can learn more about our financial resources for summer programs by visiting our Financing Your Summer Experience page. Additionally, we encourage students to contact their financial aid or summer internship office at their home institution, and ask about options for applying for aid. We will work with all institutions on securing outside funding for students when available.

LIT will also be offering paid internships for program participants. More information regarding internships will be made available in the coming months. Students should visit the LIT Paid Internship page for more information.

What is the refund policy for summer academic programs?

The full tuition balance is due by May 18, 2018. There are no tuition refunds available on or after June 1, 2018. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal before May 18: 100% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal between May 19 - May 31: 50% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal on or after June 1: no refund.

The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Once my application is accepted, how can I plan my arrival and stay at Hampshire?

Important arrival, check-in, and residence information for all participants is available here. Please note that you should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018 the day before the program begins.

What if I have a disability or require a reasonable accommodation?

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to any student who might require them. We encourage you to visit Hampshire's office of accessibility resources and services website, or contact us with any questions at summer@hampshire.edu.

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