Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates?  The Agroecology Summer Intensive takes place during the summer semester (ten weeks) of the academic school year. For more information, please visit our application and registration page.

What is the deadline for receipt of my completed application? Please visit our application and registration page for this information.

Where are the courses delivered? In the classrooms, gardens and environmental laboratory of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.

How many credits would I earn?  15 credits for the four courses and the Merry Lea Farm Internship.

Can I take just part of the program?  It is highly recommended that all 15 credits making up the ASI be taken together as a unit.  Other options are possible.  Please contact John Mischler with your specific questions.

John Mischler

ASI Program Director

What alternatives are available if I do not need college credit?  A certificate program allows you to participate in the ASI, but instead of college credit you will receive a certificate of participation.

What does the ASI cost?  ASI is included in Goshen College’s tuition, however for more information about the cost for students from other colleges, please visit our tuition and financial aid page.

Is room and board included in the cost?  Room and board is a separate cost. Housing is provided at Rieth Village. Food is at the expense of the students although fresh vegetables are available from the greenhouse and kitchen gardens. For more information, please visit our tuition and financial aid page.

What should I be sure to pack? You will want to bring all of your own linens (i.e. sheets, towels, pillows), a bicycle if you own one, food for personal meals and snacks, a laptop if you own one, a lunchbox, a swimming suit, and good quality rain gear. Any further questions can be directed to Tom Hartzell.

Tom Hartzell

Merry Lea Coordinator for Residential Programs & Environmental Science Educator

What do I not need to bring? At Rieth Village, you will be provided with refrigerators, microwaves, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, cleaning supplies, dishwashing supplies, laundry detergent, a bed, a dresser, a desk, and a desk chair. Any further questions can be directed to Tom Hartzell.

I don’t attend Goshen College; must I enroll at GC in order to participate?  Yes, but only for the summer term. Credits are then transferable to your home institution. For more on this, see the application and registration page.

What are the course prerequisites? None, the ASI experience is intentionally designed to welcome students from all academic backgrounds to take part in this truly multidisciplinary summer semester.