How does it work?
First, tell us what you want to study: Office Hours begins with your interests and curiosity. If unsure, we are happy to help you identify topics. Please fill out the application form (see below) and send it back to us. We will pair you with an available faculty member with expertise in your area of interest, who will then create a customized program to structure your independent study. You and your faculty mentor will meet once a week for an hour to discuss the readings as well as your topic more broadly. Meetings can be in person or online.
Do I have to write a paper?
Definitely not. This option is available for students who are interested in working on a writing project (for example, an article, part of a thesis, etc.) in a structured environment. If you just want to read and discuss, that’s fine too!
Can I get credit?
As of now, BISR Office Hours does not provide university credit. However, we are exploring this area and there are ways of having your work recognized by accredited institutions. If you want to learn more, please let us know.
How much does it cost?
There are many options. Hourly rates start at $180 but packages are also available for longer programs. For example, the cost of a full Office Hours semester, including a customized syllabus and 12 meetings with a faculty mentor, is $2500. For students who wish to include a writing component, the total cost would be $3000.
Can I do it with a friend?
Yes. You’re welcome to arrange an Office Hours project with your friend/mother/cousin/spouse/others, but group sessions are capped at four students. Pricing for group sessions will depend on number of students and sessions.
Can we try something else?
Quite possibly. If you a different type of project in mind, whether in terms of duration or scope, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below.
Office Hours offers students an opportunity to pursue an individualized study project guided by one of our expert faculty members.
Ranging from individual sessions (in-person or online) to a full 12 week course, you will meet 1-on-1 with your faculty mentor as you read your way through a syllabus customized around your personal or professional areas of interest. Whether you want to read the works of Marcel Proust, learn the history of the Modern Middle East, understand Hegel, or explore contemporary technology and society, Office Hours provides structure and space for intellectual inquiry and development. For students who are interested Office Hours can also involve a writing component in which students produce an essay related to their subject of study.