North Central College - Naperville, IL


One of the unique aspects of the North Central curriculum is D-Term, a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that begins the Monday following Thanksgiving. You may stay on campus at no additional cost to pursue your interests in community service or Chicago culture and take part in classes and activities on and off campus.

You might enroll in a short-term study abroad course led by a faculty-staff team in settings like Greece, France or Australia, conduct independent research funded by a Richter Independent Study Fellowship, register for a Verandah Experience or pursue an independent study or local internship. A limited number of traditional on-campus, three-credit courses are also offered, so you may accelerate progress toward your degree.

The Office of Ministry and Service and the student organization BreakAway also offer D-Term service trip options. For the past decade students have traveled to West Virginia as part of the Appalachian Service Project. Other excursions have taken students to Haiti to serve with Mission of Hope, to Louisiana to provide hurricane relief and to Thailand to learn about at-risk women.

The advantages of D-Term include:

  • Campus room and board at no additional cost to residential students
  • Alternative ways to earn academic credit, which can help balance your workload through the year
  • Innovative courses that enhance and extend academic year inquiry
  • Activities supported by the Office of Student Involvement
  • Specialty workshops and initiatives related to leadership development, career development or other topics to prepare you for a successful future
  • Flexible scheduling that makes it possible to combine work with Verandah courses and other activities
  • Study abroad options that accommodate athletic and academic programs

One reason Marie Butnariu chose North Central is its D-Term study abroad opportunities. “At Orientation, I met a professor who—within a few words—asked me if I would be interested in traveling to France for credit during D-Term. It was like he had read my mind!”

Marie’s trip to France brought her to sites representing key moments, events and eras in French history. The trip demonstrated how the past has shaped and continues to shape French culture. Marie highly recommends the class. “The professor structured it in such a way that it felt like a journey through time,” she says.

“The entire adventure was fascinating. There were many amazing moments during the trip, including a hail storm in Angers,...

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