In the summer, students are expected to attend the full program including orientation, seminar, study sessions, and field trips. Typically, students check in on Sunday evening and check out Friday afternoon. During that time, students may only receive visitors on campus from 10:00 pm to 10:45 pm and may not leave the immediate area around campus.
The program meets about every two weeks during the academic year. Meetings typically last 1-2 hours and are schedule around the students' schedules. The meetings allow students to workshop and prepare their civic leadership projects.
In addition, all F&C students sign up for college mentoring, which will bring them to Columbia's campus at least one hour a week in the autumn.