Hi there - Williams allows a small number of Bennington students to take a class there each semester. You do need to provide your own transportation (it’s a 20 minute drive, more or less). They have other great resources available to Bennington students as well, such as their library and art museum.
~ Holly ‘13
Yes—Bennington students can, under certain circumstances, take classes at Williams. I don’t think the Williams course has to be necessary to the Bennington student’s Plan, but it certainly must pertain to it. I have two friends who are taking Williams courses now: one is taking a philosophy course on Logic, and the other is taking some kind of more advanced economics course. Neither course is necessary to their Plans—they both could and would graduate without them—but they are related to them, and they are both courses that Bennington does not offer (at least not this term).
It’s not super easy or super hard. Here’s the deal.
You’re only eligible to take classes at Williams if they’re relevant to your Plan. If so, you apply through the Dean’s Office, and they make selections to fill about 10-12 slots per term.
You also need to be conscious that if you take classes there in the fall, you need to return to school early because their term starts before ours, and again in the spring you have to cut FWT short in order to make their start of term.
I’m pretty sure the slots tend to fill up with some competition in the fall, and in the spring it’s rarely 100% full.