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.


Ideally you should be planning your off-campus study at least a year in advance. For science majors, you should begin as early as your freshman year. Refer to this timeline 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.

Download a printable OCS Timeline Checklist to keep track of your progress!

You may also find our 2-minute Off-Campus Study Timeline video useful. All students are required to watch this video before meeting with an OCS adviser.

Other Ways to Connect

Come to a Dips Abroad News Hour! Throughout the semester, our office will be offering info sessions and workshops on a variety of topics related to Off-Campus Study twice every week. They will take place in the Joseph International Center at the following times:

  • Noon-1:00pm every Tuesday (pizza provided!)
  • 2:00-3:00pm every Friday (and stay for International Coffee Hour!)

Please consider attending even if you cannot stay for the full hour!


FALL 2018 SCHEDULE (scroll under chart for intended audience):

Oct. 23: Course Approval Process (S) ; F&M in Italy Summer 2019 (P) Oct. 26: Course Approval Process (S)
Oct. 30: ASE Bath, England Fall 2019 (P) Nov. 2: Elections Around the World
Nov 6: Costs, Financial Aid, and Credit Transfer! (P) Nov. 9: ASE Bath, England Summer 2019 
Nov. 13: NONE (Off-Campus Study Fair!) Nov. 16: ASE Bath, England Fall 2019 (P)
Nov. 20: NONE (Thanksgiving) Nov. 23: NONE (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 27: Study at Oxford (P) Nov. 30: Costs, Financial Aid, and Credit Transfer! (P)
Dec. 4: TBD

Dec. 7: TBD

Intended Audience:

R = Returned OCS Students who have returned from their OCS program

P = Prospective OCS Students who are planning to study off-campus

S = Spring 2019 OCS Students ONLY


2017 Off-Campus Study Ambassadors

The Off-Campus Study Ambassadors are F&M seniors who have studied off-campus previously (sometimes more than once!).  Ambassadors organize events across campus for both prospective and returned off-campus study students and are available to communicate with students and answer questions.   

Meet the 2017 Ambassadors

Off-Campus Study Student Stories

Animal Behavior majors conducting field research in the Australian rainforest.  Government majors interning in Scottish Parliament.  Art majors taking studio classes in Florence. Classics students walking to class through the streets of Rome.  Read about F&M students off-campus, where they went, what they studied, and how it impacted their studies.

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CET Study Abroad Programs

Joseph International Center Forum 101

Come hear from CET representative Tim Baird about study abroad programs in Czech Republic, Japan,...

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