The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special term at MIT that runs from early January until the end of the month. IAP 2013 will run from Monday, January 7 through Friday, February 1, 2013.
IAP provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests.
During IAP, students are encouraged to set their own educational agendas, pursue independent projects, meet with faculty, or pursue many other options not possible during the semester. Faculty are free to introduce innovative educational experiments as IAP activities. All members of the MIT community are encouraged to create offerings aimed at sharing a particular talent, expertise or interest with others at the Institute.
IAP offerings are distinguished by their variety, innovative spirit, and fusion of fun and learning. Past IAP activities have ranged from credit activities such as human biochemistry lectures and community service workshops, to noncredit offerings such as Mediterranean cooking classes and improvisational comedy workshops.
Learn more at http://mit.edu/iap/index.html