Step 1: Attend a Starting Points Meeting
All students who are planning to study off-campus must attend a Starting Points meeting. Starting Points meetings are held every Monday at 4:30 pm and Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Joseph International Center (during the academic year).These meetings, led by the Off-Campus Study Ambassadors, will provide you with information about F&M policies for off-campus study, resources for searching for programs, and next steps for making off-campus study a key part of your education at F&M. You're encouraged to attend a Starting Points meeting approximately one year in advance of the term you plan to be off-campus.Please check the Events in the Pulse (bottom of the page) for upcoming Starting Points meetings.
Step 2: Explore Off-Campus Study Programs & Policies
F&M has pre-approved over 200 different programs in more than 60 different locations during the summer, semester or academic year.
Whether you want to take classes at a local university in Australia or improve your Spanish in Chile to conducting field research in India, each of F&M's pre-approved programs offer unique and challenging academic opportunities. You can search for pre-approved programs by area of study, language of instruction, program type or location.Review our OCS Programs webpage to learn more about choosing and exploring programs.
Step 3: Complete an Online Advising Application
Before you can meet with an off-campus study advisor, you will need to complete an online advising application through the F&M Off-Campus application portal.To begin an online advising application, click Get Started on any off-campus study program page. As a part of your advising application, you'll be asked to share information about your academic background and your goals for off-campus study.
Step 4: Meet with an Off-Campus Study Advisor
All students interested in studying off-campus must meet with an off-campus study advisor at least once. Each off-campus study advisor works with programs in particular locations. You should meet with the off-campus study advisor who works with the country where you are most interested in studying.
When meeting with an off-campus study advisor, you'll talk about your academic and long-range career goals, your goals for off-campus study, and the ways each off-campus study program offers unique cultural learning opportunities that can help you reach these goals. You'll also discuss academic requirements, program application timelines, and what your next steps should be.
Our advisors specialize by country, so you must have a first choice program or country in mind before scheduling your appointment. You are not locked into that program or country decision and have the opportunity to change your mind after that meeting, so please only schedule one meeting with one advisor.
Appointments are typically scheduled for 30 minutes and can be made here. Click on the highlighted name of the advisor for the country in which you're interested in studying off-campus. In the bottom section of the advisor's information page, there are instructions and a link to schedule an appointment via an online calendar system.
Remember, students must have completed an advising questionnaire and attended Starting Points before they meet with an advisor.
All students considering off-campus study must attend a Starting Points meeting in person at least once. Available meeting times are listed below. These meetings, led by the Off-Campus Study Ambassadors, will provide students with information about F&M policies for off-campus study, resources for searching for programs, and next steps.
Students who have already attended a meeting but want to review the information covered or share the presentation with their parents/guardians may access it here.
Other Ways to Connect
The Off-Campus Study Ambassadors are F&M seniors who have studied off-campus previously (sometimes more than once!). Ambassadors lead Starting Points meetings, hold regular office hours in the College Houses, organize events in the Joseph International Center, and are available to communicate with students and answer questions.Meet the 2016 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