Individual Study

Individual Study is designed for students who are prepared to study at an advanced level, have already completed basic work in the classroom, have the ability to work independently, and are prepared to develop their own syllabus for the quarter.

Adjustments to Individual Study due to COVID-19

Summer 2020

We plan to continue our guidelines for remote learning issued in the spring. This means all learning this summer quarter will be under remote conditions.

There may be some exceptions considered, given the phased nature of the governor’s most recent guidelines. Under certain conditions and by petition only, some exceptions may be provided for learning activities that are planned to occur in the second half of the summer.

Get additional details about individual learning options for Summer 2020.

Fall 2020

Guidance for Individual Study is forthcoming. Given the emergent nature of the governor’s guidelines, we will wait to issue guidelines for ILC/INTs for Fall 2020.


For help using the Individual Study Contract system, see the Individual Study Guide on our HelpWiki.


Requirement Policies

As of fall 2015, there are new Individual Study requirements for undergraduate students.

Academic Year 2019 – 20 Undergraduate Contract Due Dates

  • Fall Quarter: Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Winter Quarter: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Spring Quarter: Friday, March 13, 2020​ (Due Date Further Extended to Monday, March 30, 2020)
  • Summer Quarter: Friday, June 5, 2020

Types of Individual Study

  • Individual Learning—An Individual Learning Contract (ILC) is negotiated between a student and faculty/staff sponsor who has knowledge in the area to be studied. In consultation with the sponsor, the student initiates the agreement to undertake work at an advanced level, develop specific learning goals, and identify and complete learning activities. The sponsor agrees to provide appropriate oversight, support, and advice.

  • Internship Learning—An Internship Learning Contract (INT) includes applied work experience, that is negotiated among a student, a field supervisor in an organization or business, and an Evergreen faculty/staff sponsor. The student arranges to spend an agreed-upon number of hours (paid or unpaid) working with an organization, engaging in activities that provide new learning for the student and at the same time benefit the host organization. Many internship contracts also include an academic component which the student negotiates with the faculty sponsor.

    In-Program Internship: If you are or will be registered in an academic program and your Internship contract will document work you will be doing to earn credit within that program, please follow the same steps for Internship Learning Contracts.

  • Other Types of Independent Study:

    • Student Originated Studies
    • Undergraduate Research