Prospective and current VIP students often ask - how much time does it take to participate in VIP?
VIP involves a 1-hour team meeting (class) each week*, plus time on the project outside of team meetings in addition to sub-team meetings. Time spent outside of class varies by the number of credit hours students register for, which is similar to the ratio for traditional courses.
- Students who register for 1-credit hour can expect to spend about 2-3 hours outside of class working on their projects each week.
- Students who register for 2-credit hours can expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class working on their projects each week.
- Students who register for 3-credit hours can expect to spend 7-9 hours outside of class working on their projects each week OR completing other TA requirements.
- Students who register for 0-credit hours are paid by their instructor or another funding source to participate. They should see their instructors/sponsors for guidelines.
Students also ask - how many credits can I take per term with the VIP program?
- Students should consider how thier VIP credits would count toward their degree requirements.
- Sophomores are limited to 1-credit hour per semester.
- Juniors can take 1-2 credit hours per semester.
- Seniors can take 1-2 credit hours per semester.
- Students using VIP for Junior Design, Senior Design or Capstone can take 3 hours in their final semester of their design/capstone sequence. Students in their third semster of VIP may also be considered for 3 hours with instructor approval.
- Graduate students can take 1-3 credit hours per semester.
- Students who are paid to participate in VIP ernoll for a 0-credit section. This includes Graduate Research Assistants who work with the VIP team as part of their research, undergradautes with President's Undergradaute Research Awards (PURA), and students paid an hourly rate by the instructor.
* Due to COVID-19 precautions, VIP courses in Spring 2021 may be held virtually.