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.

SPRING 2022 - students are now in the Pre-Departure phase and should be completing additional items in the F&M OCS portal, completing additional acceptance materials for their programs, and paying attention to all emails from our office and from their programs.

SUMMER 2022 - The final deadline to complete Steps 1-4 is January 10. Applications are due January 15.

FALL 2022 - the advising cycle is now closed.  Students who completed all requirements by December 1 are now in Step 4, 5, or 6 of the program application process. Applications are due January 15.

SPRING 2023 - we will begin advising in mid-February. Students will receive the weekly Sunday newsletters announcing the opening of the advising and application cycle.

Summer & Fall 2022 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 processes.

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.

Note that the timeline and deadlines differ for Summer OCS Programs and Semester OCS Programs.

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.
    Examples of drop-in advising questions:
    • Why should I consider Off-Campus Study? What are the benefits?
    • I'm not sure which term makes the most sense for my Off-Campus Study experience - can you help guide me?
    • I have 2 majors and a lot of degree requirements left - is Off-Campus Study feasible for me?
    • Is there a specific professor in my major or minor departments that can help me with academic planning?
    • What if my GPA is below 2.75?
    • I have some general thoughts about the program and term that I think would work for me, but can you tell me else I should be thinking about as I plan?

  • 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 when you receive the newsletter in your F&M inbox!


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