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.
WE ARE NOW ADVISING FOR SUMMER 2020 AND WILL START ADVISING FOR SPRING 2021 ON JANUARY 20.
Remember that terms will fill early, and approval for OCS semester terms is done on a rolling admissions basis. Terms fill according to the rate at which applications are submitted.
The Spring 2021 deadline to declare your intent to study off-campus (complete Steps 1 & 2 below) is MARCH 4. Because of a rolling admissions process, the completion of these steps does not imply automatic approval for Spring 2021 off-campus study.
The Spring 2021 deadline to meet with an advisor (Step 3 below) is APRIL 10. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates on deadlines and timelines.
(Note that this does not apply to Summer 2020 off-campus study. The deadline for all Summer 2020 program applications is February 1. This is NOT a rolling deadline.)
Step 1: Watch Starting Points video seriesThis 12-minute video series will discuss basic policies regarding credit transfer, cost & financial aid, scholarships, the timeline you should expect for the process, how to get started working with our office, and much more! Watching this video series is the very first step you must take to begin the process of off-campus study.
Step 2: Enter your information in the online Off-Campus Study portal
To begin working with our office, please click here to Begin Advising.
Complete the Starting Points assessment. Refer back to the videos as much as you need to answer all the questions correctly.
Complete the Initial Interest Application, which will ask about your intended major, your interests, and what you hope to gain from studying off-campus. This will give us a little more information about you before you meet with one of our advisors.
Complete any other questionnaires or signature documents that appear.
Step 3: Make an appointment with an OCS advisor
OCS ADVISING WINDOW:
PLEASE NOTE THE SPRING 2020 TERM IS NOW CLOSED. We are now advising for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 programs. If you are interested in either of these terms, please complete the steps above and make an appointment with an Off-Campus Study advisor during this fall term.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
To make an appointment with an OCS advisor during the designated advising window, go to offcampus.fandm.edu, click on “Staff” in the upper right corner, and click on each advisor's name to review their program portfolio.
If you are unsure where you want to study, just book any appointment with the adviser of your first-choice program location. You do not need to make an appointment with more than one advisor for your initial appointment.
When you are ready, click the link at the bottom of the advisor's staff page to access their appointment calendar.
BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS:
All students interested in studying off-campus must meet with an off-campus study advisor at least once. In that meeting, you'll talk about:
Your academic and long-range career goals
Your goals for off-campus study
Ways each off-campus study program offers unique cultural learning opportunities that can help you reach these goals
Academic requirements and credit transfer policy
Cost and financial policy
Program application timelines and procedures
What your next steps should be
Additional steps: Search programs and talk to others!
You can get exposure to more information by talking to the OCS ambassadors and other OCS alumni, attending our OCS Fall Fair, and reading stories from other students who have studied off-campus.
And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
You should begin the off-campus study process at least two semesters in advance. For science majors, you may begin 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.
Other Ways to Connect
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 2019-2020 Ambassadors
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.Browse Our Stories