What kind of housing is available?
Apartment style accommodations comprised of 3-4 single rooms in each apartment. Each apartment has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room. The lower level has a laundry room and vending/ice machines. There are common areas on each floor. Village East rooms contain a full bed, dresser, desk and chair, closet, and telephone. The furnishings provided vary between buildings. Linen packages are provided and include a pillow, a lightweight blanket, two sheets, two towels, two washcloths, and a bar of soap.
What is the class schedule like?
The classes will be full university graduate school classes. Summers will be compacted into three weeks with each course worth two credits. During the academic year, an on-line course will be delivered each semester worth three credits and a capstone course worth three credits will be spread over the entire academic year. During the summer, you should expect to work for a couple of hours per night on each class. The online course loads vary.
Do I need any special clothing?
If you plan to stay on campus during the summer, pack what you need for a three week stay (unless you plan on going home on the weekends). Apartments have laundry facilities. During July, the weather in St. Louis is often very hot and humid. The dormitories have air conditioning as do the classrooms. Ecology and Environmental Science is conducted at an outdoor biological research park owned by the university. Our classes for those days will be held partly outdoors and there will be some hiking (light hiking of a mile or less, but in hot/humid weather). While this will be a fun few days, you should wear clothing that is light, but protective against ticks. This includes sturdy shoes, long socks, hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. We will provide various tick sprays and recommend that you bring sunblock lotion. You may also bring along something to change into once we leave the field and go into a classroom.
Do I need a computer?
A laptop is suggested as we will be putting all of the presentations and labs on line for you to reference. If you do not have one available, let us know in advance and we can make arrangement for you to borrow one while you are here.
What if I have special needs?
If you have special health needs or reasons that would compromise your participation, please let us know prior to your arrival. The Washington University campus has a large international student body, so a wide variety of foods are usually available and vegetarian needs are accommodated.