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.
ADVISING FOR SPRING 2021 HAS NOW CLOSED. Students should have all F&M and program applications completed.
WE WILL BEGIN ADVISING FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2021 ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2020.
Our office is transitioning to a new process and system during Summer 2020, and the new steps will be outlined below at the end of the summer. You may watch the Starting Points video series, but please note that some information will change.
If you would like to email a question to one of the Off-Campus Study advisors, you may do so. Please see our Staff Page for contact information.
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 to study off-campus for the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 terms, you will complete an OCS Advising application in our portal for your intended term. The link will become available to you on September 2, 2020. Once you complete all items in your OCS Advising application, you may proceed to Step # 3 below.
If you are not yet sure of the term you intend to be off-campus, we encourage you to drop into our virtual open advising hours to ask general questions. Virtual open advising will be available on Wednesdays throughout the semester; hours will be announced on September 2, 2020.
Step 3: Make an appointment with an OCS advisor
OCS ADVISING WINDOW:
Advising for Spring 2021 has now closed. If you have questions about your Spring 2021 application, please email your OCS advisor. Advising for Summer and Fall 2021 will begin on September 2, 2020.
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