Can I enroll in EXEL during the summer?
Yes, currently enrolled continuing students will be able to register for an EXEL experience for PE credit (PE 400) during the summer term (approximately mid-May through late-August). There is no additional cost to enrolling in an EXEL PE credit during the summer or any other term. Enrollment for summer will close in late May or early June each year.
Is EXEL available during winter break?
No, EXEL is not available during winter break.
Can the EXEL program pay me if I work in an unpaid internship?
No, the EXEL program doesn't offer any kind of funding or payment.
When should I submit a request for an EXEL experience in Handshake?
At least three weeks before the start of the term (quarter or summer) in which the experience will take place. Every application will take a different amount of time to process, but three weeks will be a sufficient amount of time for most applications. If you have questions about your situation please contact CLBR (email@example.com).
How many times can I participate in the EXEL program?
There is no limit on how many times a student may enroll in the EXEL program. However, only two EXEL PE credits may apply towards satisfying the PE/CE/EXEL graduation requirement. Therefore, F-1 students are limited to two segments of CPT authorization through participating in the EXEL program. F-1 students who have exhausted their two segments of CPT may be able to utilize pre-completion OPT for additional off-campus experiential learning opportunities while completing their Reed program.
If I register for EXEL in the first quarter of a semester, am I eligible to complete my experience in the second quarter?
Students must complete their proposed EXEL experience within the registered quarter. Work may extend beyond the quarter, but you must complete your minimum of ten hours during that quarter. If you are an international student using CPT, CPT will be authorized for the full academic semester or summer term in which the EXEL quarter occurs. Example: if an EXEL experience takes place in the first quarter of fall semester, the CPT authorization end date will be the final day of classes in the fall semester.
Can I get a regular PE credit and an EXEL PE credit in the same quarter?
No. You can enroll in more than one PE course during a quarter, but you may only receive PE credit for one of them.
Can I receive PE/EXEL credit for an experience I had in the past?
No, EXEL experiences must be requested and approved before they can begin.
How many hours of participation are required to satisfy an EXEL experience?
At least ten hours of participation in the experiential learning opportunity are required to satisfy an EXEL experience. A student may participate in more than ten hours of activity if they wish, but will only earn PE credit for one EXEL experience per quarter.
Can I receive payment and an EXEL PE credit at the same time?
Yes, some students may earn PE credit for a paid experience. However, some organizers of unpaid opportunities require F-1 international students to have CPT or OPT work authorization in order to participate. This plan aims to support students in either scenario.
Who determines whether the EXEL experience is directly related to my academic program?
Staff in CLBR and ISS will determine this based upon responses from the student in the application for an EXEL experience in Handshake. CLBR or ISS staff will follow up with the student if needed, and potentially ask for input from the academic department if the relationship to the major is not immediately clear.
Why does the EXEL course sit in the PE/CE requirement instead of within a new academic unit-bearing course?
The impetus for creating the EXEL program came from looking for a way for international students to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The college chose to focus on satisfying CPT requirements by focusing on academic program requirements that apply to all undergraduate students to ensure equity in access and to avoid quantifying practical experiences in terms of Reed academic units. PE/CE credits are required for graduation, thus they are an integral part of the established Reed curriculum. Therefore, the EXEL course under the PE/CE requirement (in lieu of being academic-unit bearing) is in accordance with the F-1 visa federal regulations. This was also presented as the least resource intensive option to implement.
My Handshake account is blocked. Can I still apply for an EXEL experience?
Yes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you'd like to apply for an EXEL experience. We'll send you an alternative method by which to apply via email.