North Central College - Naperville, IL

D-Term offers special activities on campus, around the world

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Students on 2010 study abroad course to France
Students on 2010 study abroad course to France

Nov. 29, 2011—During North Central College’s D-Term—a three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas—students have a wide range of opportunities to choose from to enhance and expand their educational experiences. Opportunities range from service to academic to travel and intramural sports, and locations span from across the country to overseas to the Chicago area and campus.  

A record eight study abroad destinations to Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, London and Nicaragua involve nearly 150 students, faculty and staff. Students can earn credit for the study abroad courses and are involved in course components before, during and after their travels. The expedition to Guatemala is part of a Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) project where students connect and work with producers and artisans of fair trade products. Students market their products year-round in the United States.

A record 17 Verandah experiences are offered this December and open to students of all majors. Unique to North Central College, Verandahs are experiential learning opportunities that connect faculty and students in informal environments outside the classroom around topics of interest. For example, a “Theatre in Chicago” course engages students and a theatre professor in seeing and critiquing a variety of shows in Chicago’s great venues like Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters, as well as storefront and fringe theaters.

Four of the 17 Verandahs are “study away” experiences to New Orleans. Open to first-year students only, they focus on the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina and rebuilding of the city. Click here for descriptions about all the Verandahs.

In addition, D-Term offers students three service opportunities to Virginia, Haiti and Wisconsin. In the Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia, students will serve low-income families and help make their homes warmer and safer through the Appalachian Service Project. For the fourth year, students are heading to Haiti to work at the Mission of Hope orphanage, school and medical center near Port-au-Prince. New this year is a four-day wilderness adventure titled “A Men’s Leadership Expedition” in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Just for men and led by ministry and service staff and assistant deans of students, students will explore their life’s mission, spirituality and leadership capabilities.

And for students wanting to remain on campus to study, work or do sports—room and board during D-Term are included in fall term tuition—many activities are planned with student interests in mind. They include Monday night football gatherings to intramurals and movie nights to off-campus trips to see the Chicago Blackhawks and Blue Man Group or to play laser tag. Visit to view the range of activities.