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 drop-in advising hours to ask general questions before proceeding with the process outlined below.


SPRING 2023 - Students should be preparing to depart for programs and be in touch with the OCS Advisor and Program Advisor with any pre-departure questions.

SUMMER/FALL 2023 - The advising cycle for Summer 2023 & Fall 2023 is now closed. Students should be in touch with their OCS Advisor as they choose their program and complete applications over winter break. Students interested in Summer 2023 programs may still open an application until January 10.  Click the "Start Advising - Summer 2023" button below.

SPRING 2024 - The advising cycle for Spring 2024 will open on February 15, 2023.

OCS Advising & Application Process 

The Summer & Fall 2023 advising cycle is now closed. Students interested in Summer 2023 programs may still open an application until January 10. Click the "Start Advising - Summer 2023" button below.

Spring 2024 advising will open on February 15, 2023.

Please note Summer and Semester application processes function on two distinct timelines and have different requirements. Students who intend to study off campus in both Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 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 

  • Drop-in Virtual Advising

    Students interested in meeting with an OCS Advisor should drop into our virtual weekly advising! Go to our Events page to find a time that works for you and to register for advising.
    (Note that drop-in advising is intended for quick questions and conversations. Students who start an official application for a specific summer or semester term will have the opportunity for longer 1-on-1 advising appointments with the OCS Advisors.)
    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?
    • What should I be thinking about as I plan to start the advising and application process?

  • 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 Events 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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