Summer Term 2021
Given current global circumstances and after careful consideration, January Term 2021 programs have been rescheduled to Summer 2021. Select J-Term 2021 programs have been canceled. If certain Summer Term 2021 courses are able to accept new applications (rolling admission, space available basis only) this will be announced here and on Wang Center social media accounts. (Links in the lower left side column)
Summer Term 2021 programs are no longer accepting applications.
October 15th final deadline, rolling admission, space available basis only
Check here and Wang Center social media to see if any other programs are able to open to accept new applications later on.
Summer Term 2021 FAQs
Will any programs re-open to accept new applications?
For some programs, the Wang Center may reopen the application cycle for Summer Term courses with an October 15th extended deadline (rolling admission, space available basis only). Check this website (above) and Wang Center social media for updates. (Links in column to the left)
Which programs are rescheduled and which are cancelled?
Bahamas | Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 369) Rescheduled – Term I *
England | Children’s Literature from a Golden Age to a New Millenium (ENGL 235) LT / (IHON 257) H2 Rescheduled – Term I *
England | Psychology of Expertise: London as a case study (PSYC 483) Rescheduled – Term I *
Greece | Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RELI 213) RG Rescheduled – Term I
Namibia | Comparative Education (EDUC 385) C Rescheduled – Term I *
Northern Ireland | Non-Profit Internships in Northern Ireland (AICE 476) or (SOCI 495) Cancelled
Rwanda | Genocide Memorialization and the Future of Rwanda (HGST 387) Rescheduled – Term I
Tobago | Social, Educational & Health Services in Tobago (SOCW 325) C Rescheduled – Term II *
Trinidad | Music of Trinidad Carnival (MUSI 120) AR, C or (MUSI 491) Rescheduled – Pending (Term II, most likely)
Washington D.C. | The Presidency (POLS 287) Rescheduled – Term I
What are the Summer Term 2021 dates?
Term I: Monday, June 7 – Friday, July 2
Term II: Tuesday, July 6 – Friday, July 30
Note: Actual travel dates may vary by program. For the programs marked with an (*) it’s likely that the program departure date will occur earlier than the official Term start date and/or the program return date will occur after the official Term end date. More information regarding program itineraries will be shared in the coming months.
What is the deadline to decline my participation in Summer Term?
Please login to your Terra Dotta application to respond as soon as possible, but no later than September 15th, to decline your participation.
By when do I need to commit to Summer Term?
Please login to your Terra Dotta application to respond as soon as possible, but no later than September 15th , to confirm your participation. You will need to complete the ‘PLU Summer Term 2021 Notice of Acceptance’, ‘Study Away Policies’, and ‘$300 Commitment Forfeiture Fee’ requirements. Should you later withdraw from your program after the “Call Date,” the $300 Commitment Forfeiture Fee will take effect (see FAQ “By when will PLU know if Summer Term 2021 programs will run or be cancelled?” below).
Will the application fee I already paid for J-Term 2021 transfer toward Summer Term?
Yes. Students who choose to participate in Summer Term will not need to pay another application fee. Students who choose to withdraw their J-Term 2021 application and apply to study away during Fall 2021 or later will need to start a new application and pay a new application fee. The application for study away programs occurring during the 2021-2022 academic year will open in November 2020. J-Term 2022 study away courses will be announced in January 2021.
NOTE: new applicants for Summer Term 2021 will be required to complete the ‘$50 Non-Refundable Application Fee (Charged to your student account)’ as part of their study away application
If I decline to participate in the Summer Term program will my J-Term 2021 study away application fee be refunded?
By when will PLU know if Summer Term 2021 programs will run or be cancelled?
PLU will make Summer Term 2021 program decisions by no later than November 1st, 2020. Specific program decisions and alterations may occur at varying times before November 1st, 2020 based on host community situations/regulations, program logistics, itinerary dates, student enrollment, and other factors.
If I am expecting to graduate in Spring 2021 and this course/these credits are required for my degree completion, can I participate in Summer Term 2021 study away and still participate in May 2021 commencement?
A graduating senior is defined as any student planning to earn their degree in May or August of 2021. According to PLU Registrar, Kelly Poth, it is likely that, for the majority of graduating seniors taking a Summer Term study away course to complete requirements for their degree, this change will not impact their ability to participate in the spring commencement ceremony but will delay their award of their degree by one term, that is, from spring to summer term. Please meet with your academic/faculty advisor to make an informed decision about pursuing the Summer Term study away option.
If I am expecting to graduate in Spring 2021 and this course is not required for my degree completion, can I participate in Summer Term 2021 study away and still participate in May 2021 commencement?
Yes. Students will be able to participate in Summer Term 2021 study away programs and may still participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Please meet with your academic/faculty advisor to make an informed decision about pursuing the Summer Term study away option.
Can I switch to a different Summer Term study away course?
Applications can be considered for a new program and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of each program faculty leader. Please contact Megan Grover at email@example.com if you are interested in switching to a different program.
If I am currently on the waitlist for a J-Term 2021 study away program, when will I find out if I’ve been accepted for a Summer Term program?
Waitlist decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
Will the fee for my Summer Term study away course change from the originally stated J-Term 2021 program fee?
While the Wang Center must reprice programs based on the schedule change, it remains committed to keeping programs affordable. Please note that no tuition will be charged for these Summer Term study away courses. We anticipate having final program fees posted by September 1st. At this time, here are the estimated program fee ranges for each program:
Program Name | Summer Term Study Away Estimated Program Fee Ranges:
Bahamas | Tropical Marine Biology $4,100 – $4,200
England | Children’s Literature from a Golden Age to a New Millenium $4,400 – $4,800
England | Psychology of Expertise: London as a case study $4,900 – $5,200
Greece | Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean $5,500 – $5,600
Namibia | Comparative Education $6,800 – $7,000 (4 week option) $7,200 – $7,400 (8 week option)
Rwanda | Genocide Memorialization and the Future of Rwanda $5,000 – $5,200
Tobago | Social, Educational & Health Services in Tobago $3,800 – $4,200
Trinidad | Music of Trinidad Carnival $3,500 – $3,900
Washington D.C. | The Presidency $2,900 – $3,000
When will my student account be charged for my Summer Term study away program fee and when is final payment due?
Student accounts will be billed on approximately May 3, 2021. Final payment is due May 25, 2021. Students may work with Student Financial Services regarding payment planning. Please note that no PLU monthly payment plan will be available for this term.
How will flights work?
Our standard mode of air transportation includes group flights departing from SeaTac airport. We realize that not all students will be able to depart from SeaTac during the June and July months. Students may need to travel independently to the program site if they are not able to depart with their class from SeaTac. The Wang Center will provide more instruction regarding flight options at a later time.
What is the status of my Global Scholar Award application?
Decisions for Global Scholar Awards have been previously announced. Global Scholar Awards that were approved for J-Term 2021 will be moved automatically to Summer 2021. Students who choose not to participate in Summer 2021 will not be eligible for an award and it will be rescinded. Global Scholar Awards will disburse in May 2021 to reduce the program fee.
The Wang Center will register confirmed students for Summer Term in April 2021.
What are my next steps?
On August 4th, the Wang Center changed the status of all ‘Confirmed’ applicants back to ‘Accepted’. By September 15th, please complete the following:
a. Login to change your study away status according to your plans. You have the option to ‘Commit’ or you may ‘Decline’ your participation in Summer Term study away.
b. For students who choose to ‘Commit’,
i. Read and digitally sign the ‘$300 Commitment Forfeiture Fee’ document
ii. Read and digitally sign the ‘Study Away Policies’ document
iii. Read and digitally sign the ‘PLU Summer Term 2021 Notice of Acceptance’ document
c. Waitlist decisions will be made on a rolling basis. If a student is accepted from a waitlist or has applied and been accepted to a program that has just reopened, their confirmation timeline may be adjusted.