Program Sites and Terms

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Term dates

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Duke University, North Carolina June 15–June 29 July 6–July 20 No third term
New College Of Florida No first term July 13–July 27 No third term
PARI Observatory, North Carolina June 9–June 23 June 30–July 14 July 21–August 4


TIP’s Field Studies program takes place at two US college campuses and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).

The college campuses host a variety of courses, while PARI only hosts one course specialized to the site.

At all locations, students take advantage of the site’s academic and dining resources, stay in group housing available at the site, and are well-supervised at all times. See our Academic Life and Student Life sections for more details.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University, consistently recognized as one of the world’s finest educational institutions, attracts exceptional students from around the globe for liberal-arts, graduate, and professional studies. Field Studies take place on Duke’s campus, which was initially developed in 1892 as Trinity College. Centered around grassy quads, Duke’s East and West Campuses create close-knit community atmospheres that give students a sense of what college life will be like while still making close supervision possible.

New College of Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Situated on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, New College of Florida is the designated honors college of the state of Florida. New College is recognized as a national leader in active and student-centered learning. New College is ranked number four among all public liberal-arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the best national liberal-arts colleges for 2016. New College offers an intimate learning environment, excellent learning laboratory spaces, proximity to world-class marine research facilities, and a unique ecological environment, including its signature mangroves.

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PARI Observatory

Rosman, North Carolina

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the study, promotion, and advancement of astronomy and its related disciplines. Formerly known as the Rosman Research Station, the site was a NASA facility used during the 1960s and 1970s for tracking manned and unmanned space flights. In 1981, the facility was transferred to the Department of Defense for use as an intelligence gathering facility for US defense and satellite communications. Situated on two hundred acres in an optimal “dark sky” location of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina, PARI’s current activities are conducted using a variety of state-of-the-art equipment. For more information, please visit

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