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There are two levels of participation in Champlain College's gap program, and both are credit-bearing.
Bills will be issued July 1, 2020 and due by August 1, 2020.
*To be financial aid eligible, you must be admitted into a Champlain bachelor degree program and meet the requirements for federal financial aid.Link to this FAQ
The Virtual Gap Program will run for 15 weeks beginning the week of August 31, 2020. The semester-long program will conclude the week of December 14, 2020.
We will be offering a second semester experience, starting January 2021. Details are forthcoming.Link to this FAQ
Level 1: Virtual Gap Program
There are three components to the Virtual Gap Program, all focused on supporting you in different areas of growth:
Level 2: Virtual Gap Program + 3-Credit Online Course
In Level 2 of the Virtual Gap Experience, participants have the option to take one of two 3-credit online courses:
Champlain College was founded in 1878 and is a not-for-profit, private college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Over 2,000 undergraduate students study at Champlain’s campus, located in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Champlain was a pioneer in delivering online education, and, for 30 years, has been helping students around the world obtain a Champlain education. Champlain College Online has a current enrollment of over 3,000 online students.
A Champlain education is deeply rooted in the belief that students learn best by taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it in the real world. The Virtual Gap Program will model this by helping students grow and evolve through facilitated virtual discussion with some of Champlain’s most renowned faculty and applied learning experiences—an internship, service learning project, or volunteer experience—guided by mentors from the Career Collaborative and Centers of Experience.Link to this FAQ
This program is intended for students who will have graduated high school by August 2020 and are planning to attend college but—for varying reasons—want to gain additional insight about the college experience, explore potential career options, and/or evolve more personally first.
This gap year program option will help students continue to move forward during a time where the world has given us all pause. It’s a time to explore what provides meaning, what inspires us, and what good we can bring to each other and the world.Link to this FAQ
Yes! Credit will be awarded upon the successful completion of each course. Students will be subject to all policies in Champlain's College Course Catalog. Throughout each course, students can expect to work with faculty and academic support staff, who will provide the resources needed to achieve success.
Virtual Gap Program participants will be given priority consideration for admission to Champlain College through an expedited admissions process.Link to this FAQ
For more information, please fill out the form below and one of our admission representatives will be in touch to answer any initial questions you have. They will guide you on how to best move forward in the admissions process.Link to this FAQ
Students must have graduated high school by August 2020. Applicants must meet the college’s requirements for undergraduate study. Admissions decisions are based on a review of the student’s application and academic record.Link to this FAQ
Students who register for the Level 2 Virtual Gap Program, which includes registration for a 3-credit virtual course, may be eligible to receive federal financial aid. To be eligible, you must be admitted into a Champlain bachelor degree program and meet the requirements for federal financial aid. The first step to determine aid eligibility is to complete the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Champlain's school code is 003684).
If you are currently admitted to one of our bachelor degree programs, your program will not change and the gap program credits will be associated with your degree. If you are not already admitted, you will be entered into an Undeclared bachelors degree with the opportunity to change your major at the completion of your gap experience.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) offers grant programs for eligible students who are residents of Vermont.
Please contact Compass Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about financial aid.Link to this FAQ
The program is taught entirely online through Canvas, a leading learning management platform, and Google Meet. The delivery will use a combination of virtual live sessions, group discussions, on-demand informational videos, and guided hands-on experiences.Link to this FAQ
All students will need a laptop or desktop computer, with a connected webcam and microphone, and access to high-speed internet in order to participate in the Virtual Gap Program.Link to this FAQ
Level 1: Virtual Gap Program (3-credits)
Plan on spending 12-15 hours per week on coursework for your Virtual Gap Program (or more if you want!).
Daily Synchronous Experiences (at least 6.5 hours/week)
You, your professor, mentors, and/or speakers will be together in a live virtual environment using Google Meet:
*For virtual internship, your team will be part of choosing the experience and time commitment.
Weekly Asynchronous Experiences (at least 6.5 hours/week)
The rest of your experience will be asynchronous—on your own time! You will complete your Mindcraft course assignments, and think about and contribute to discussions about the Big Ideas, International Exploration, and plan for your internship. This will be at least 6.5 hours, but if you choose to spend more hours on your asynchronous time, that is even better!
Throughout the 15 weeks, you will also learn from innovative leaders of our time, who will share their perspective, knowledge, expertise, values, and challenges in conversations with the incoming College president, Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, in the Presidential Speakers Series.
Level 2: Additional 3-Credit Course
If you choose to upgrade your virtual gap experience by adding on an additional Champlain College course, you should expect to have two additional days of live instruction and at least six additional hours of class work expectations.