In order to study off campus, you must work through our office to make sure both financial aid and credit transfer, and to receive other important information and services that will help you have a successful experience.

If you are getting started with the process but not yet sure of the term you intend to be off-campus or you are a first-year student, we encourage you to drop into our virtual open advising hours to ask general questions before proceeding with the process outlined below.

FALL 2021 - applicants should be preparing to study off campus and direct any questions to their OCS Advisor.

SPRING 2022 - applicants who completed Steps 1-3 by the May 1 deadline and have an active application in the F&M OCS portal should complete Steps 4 & 5 below over the summer and direct any questions to their OCS Advisor.

SUMMER and FALL 2022 - the advising and application cycle will open in September.

2021-2022 OCS Application Process

2022-2023 OCS Application Process 

Please note Summer and Semester application processes function on two distinct timelines and have different requirements. Click below to start Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 application materials. Students who intend to study off campus in both Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 will be required to complete both application proceses.

OCS Timeline & Deadlines

You should begin the off-campus study process at least two semesters in advance of the term you intend to study off campus. For science majors, you may begin your research and discussions with advisors as early as your freshman year. Refer to this timeline checklist as often as you need to as a reminder of when you should be working on certain tasks.

Which term should you study off-campus? Consult the Choosing your Term page for important advice.

2021 summer/fall/ay

timeline & Deadlines

Advising Cycle Open: Sept 15 - Dec 1
Steps 2 & 3 Deadline: Dec 1
Steps 4 & 5 Deadline: Jan 15
Recommender Submission Deadline: Feb 1
IOCS Faculty Committee will review semester OCS APPROVAL materials and notify students of approval decisions by Feb 15


2022 Spring

timeline & DeadLINES

Advising Cycle Open: Feb 15 - May 1
Steps 2 & 3 Deadline: May 1
Steps 4 & 5 Deadline: Aug 15
Recommender Submission Deadline: Sept 1
IOCS Faculty Committee will review semester OCS APPROVAL materials and notify students of approval decisions by Sept 15


Ways To Connect 

  • Virtual Advising

    During the open advising cycle (September 15 - December 1, 2021), virtual drop-in advising will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday! These drop-in virtual advising hours are intended to address general planning questions for students considering their options. Semester applicants will be required to participate in more formal individual advising as part of  the OCS application process outlined on this page.
    Click here to register for Tuesday advising during uncommon hour (11:30am-12:30pm).
    Click here to register for Wednesday 9-10am advising.
    Click here to register for Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm advising.
    Be prepared to wait in the Zoom waiting room.

  • Newsletter Archive

    Miss one of the weekly OCS e-Newsletters? Check out the Newsletters Archive webpage to ensure you have the important OCS information you need, including:

    • Getting Started & Application Process
    • Timeline/Deadlines
    • Webinars
    • Drop-in Advising
    • Other videos and resources

  • Events & Info Sessions

    Check out our OCS Virtual Fair to learn more about the various F&M program partners. 

    Come to a Dips Abroad News Hour! Throughout the semester, our office will be offering virtual info sessions and workshops on a variety of topics related to Off-Campus Study. Please visit our Presence page to see upcoming virtual events.

    The weekly Off-Campus Study eNewsletter will also announce the News Hours coming up each week, so be sure to pay attention each Sunday evening when you receive the newsletter in your F&M inbox!


  • Student Stories

    Animal Behavior majors conducting field research in Tanzania. Government majors interning in British Parliament.  Public Health majors interning with the CDC in Kenya. Check out our "Student Stories" website to read about F&M students off-campus, where they went, what they studied, and how it impacted their studies.

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