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.

Individual Study and Remote Learning

Summer 2020

All learning this summer quarter will be conducted remotely.

Given the phased nature of the governor’s most recent guidelines, some exceptions may be provided for learning activities that are planned to occur in the second half of the summer.

See below for more details.

Fall 2020

Fall Individual Study Contracts will follow the same guidelines for Summer 2020. Given the emergent nature of the governor’s guidelines, there may be changes to our guidelines below. If this is the case, we will update this web page as well as any students developing contracts in the Individual Study system.

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

General Requirements and Policies

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

Academic Year 2020 – 21 Undergraduate Contract Due Dates

  • Fall Quarter: Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Winter Quarter: Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Spring Quarter: Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Summer Quarter: Friday, June 4, 2021

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

Guidelines for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020-21

For students developing an Individual Learning Contract (ILC) or an Internship (INT) for Summer and Fall 2020, these are the college guidelines under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Individual Learning Contracts (ILCs)

You will need to create a plan with your faculty sponsors that includes regular check-ins, submission of work, and evaluation conferences via remote means (Zoom, phone calls, Canvas, etc.).

Some student individual learning is conducive to social distancing, such as writing, composing music, conducting research and so on. Other ideas will need to be modified to meet the remote-only criteria. Under certain conditions, and by petition only, some exceptions may be made.

Library access as well as access to labs, studios, and media equipment will be limited, but library staff will work with you to get the online materials you need.

If your ILC includes interacting with people face-to-face, you will need to work with your faculty to adjust your plan and resubmit your contract.

Internships (INTs)

In-person internships, including in-program internships, will not be permitted in Summer 2020, with extremely limited exceptions.

Options for internships

  1. Conduct Remotely: It may be possible for some internships to be conducted remotely, in accordance with remote work guidelines established by Evergreen and by community partners. You should consult with your faculty sponsor and your field supervisor about this possibility. When you submit your contract, describe the conditions under which you will work in the “Communication and Support Plan” section of the online contract form.

  2. Special Social Distancing Circumstances: A few internships might still be able to go forward, provided they meet with Evergreen’s health and safety policies under COVID-19. If your plans have met these health and safety guidelines, you and your field supervisor will be required to sign an additional waiver acknowledging the risks involved. Please describe the conditions under which you will work in the “Communication and Support Plan” section of the online contract form. For this option, an additional waiver form will be provided to you by the Deans. Please be advised: we don’t anticipate approving a lot of exceptions, so please plan accordingly.

Please be advised: the restrictions for in-person work are likely to tighten even more as we go; we don’t anticipate approving a lot of exceptions. We are sorry about this, but please plan accordingly.

Human Subjects Review

Projects that involve interviews with human subjects will need to be conducted remotely. Please consult the Human Subjects Review website and the Human Subjects Review Guidelines to determine whether you need to submit a full Human Subjects Review application.

Travel and your plan of study

You may not build any travel, either foreign or domestic, into your plan of study.

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.


Consult first with your faculty sponsor, but any other questions can be directed to