Program Basics

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Sample student schedule

Students should expect to spend approximately six hours a day, five to six days a week, participating in academic activities. However, daily schedules vary widely by site, depending on travel itineraries, host-site meal times, and reservations made for excursions.

Below is a sample schedule for courses based at Duke University or New College of Florida. A daily schedule for your field study will be provided with the course materials posted to the student portal in May.

8–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–noon Class/Academic activities
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Class/Academic activities
4–6 p.m. Free time and dinner
6–7:30 p.m. Evening study
7:30–8 p.m. Group meetings
8–9:30 p.m. Residential activities


Students are supervised and may take part in preplanned social activities such as talent shows, museum trips, special guest lectures, community service projects, city and campus tours, bowling nights, dances, and outdoor games. Because of varying program schedules, academic activities may also take place on the weekend.

On-site administration

All TIP programs are run by experienced staff members who are committed to creating a positive, memorable experience.

In addition to staff in our main office, our programs are led by a wide variety of staff members who have undergone a highly competitive application process, passed an annual background check, and received training in the protection of minors before beginning work.

Positions include administrative staff who oversee logistics, communication with families, and student behavior, and staff who plan and run instructional and recreational activities.