Applicants should ascertain that their time off campus will not jeopardize the fulfillment of the regular requirements for the diploma. Particular attention must be paid to the requirements in English, Modern and Classical Languages, History, Mathematics, Religion and Science. Students should check with the director of the program of interest to determine if a term credit in physical education or any additional credits will be granted. Day students who are selected to participate in off-campus programs become boarding students for that term (year) and must pay the boarding tuition for that term (year). Some programs also include a surcharge to reflect the higher cost of the program. Students should ask the director of the particular program or the Director of Global Initiatives for information. Students on financial aid do not pay more to attend any of the off campus term or year-long programs. Any surcharges are included in the determination of the grant. For the Exeter-designed programs, financial aid is available and calculated through the regular need-based financial aid process. For the three external programs in which we participate (Mountain School, School Year Abroad and Island School), Exeter's financial aid office works with the financial aid office of the external program to calculate a combined financial aid grant. The availability of some of these programs is dependent upon sufficient enrollment and the staffing needs of the Academy.
Exeter participates in the fall and spring semesters of The Mountain School of Milton Academy. The program offers uppers (and occasionally seniors) the opportunity to enjoy a different living and learning experience, while at the same time retaining a rigorous college-preparatory academic schedule. The school is located on a 300-acre farm in eastern Vermont and is intimate in size—45 students and 12 faculty members. The purpose of the program is to provide students, through their studies, their work on the farm and in the forest, and their day-to-day life in rural New England, with a new understanding of their relationship with the natural world and the responsibility this relationship creates. Students wishing to participate in the program must apply in January of the previous school year. Successful completion of the program grants five term credits. Students will earn one English term credit, and depending upon the courses they enroll in, they can earn credit in U.S. History, mathematics, modern languages, classical languages, or science. There is a surcharge for the program.
The Washington Intern Program, inaugurated in 1966, is open to qualified seniors. One year seniors are not eligible to participate. Each student is assigned to the office of a United States senator or representative and works in that office during the day. Though the initial work tends to be clerical, interns often assist their offices in other ways, including answering constituent mail, researching legislative fact sheets, writing drafts of speeches, and reporting business conducted at hearings. They are also given time by their offices to observe the various branches of government in operation. In addition, seminars arranged by the director of the program bring interns together with prominent Washingtonians of various professions and divergent political philosophies. Speakers, about 12 in number, include members of the administration, judges, lobbyists, and officers of regulatory agencies. Interns live in Washington. The director of the program is in residence. Students who are considering applying to the WIP should not sports opt during the fall or winter terms of senior year. Successful completion of the program grants two term credits. Students may elect to enroll in an English seminar in Political Literature and American Culture in order to receive English term credit. Interns must satisfy the residency requirement of attendance on campus at Exeter during at least three terms during the upper and senior years. The program begins following spring break and ends the week before graduation. There is a surcharge for the program.