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Off-Campus Study

The OCS application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now CLOSED. If you have been accepted by the College of Wooster to go off-campus, you can log in to your application at any time.

Going off campus? Below are some frequently asked questions:

How do I get an official copy of my transcripts to submit to my program?

How do credits from my time off-campus transfer back to Wooster?

  • All of your credits with a grade of C or higher will transfer to Wooster as elective credit as soon as the Registrar receives your transcript from the program.
  • If you would like your credit earned while off-campus to count towards your major or minor, you must discuss this with the department chairperson in the department where you would like the credit to transfer. The department chairperson will approve the course for transfer to fulfill a requirement. A transfer of credit form (.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Registrar's Office.
  • You might try and obtain copies of the syllabi prior to your departure and share them with your advisor and department chair to see if it's possible to "pre-approve" your intended courses.

How will my grades earned off-campus be calculated into my GPA?

  • Your grades off-campus will not be calculated into your Wooster GPA. However, you will only receive credit if the grade is a C or better.

What is the minimum number of credits I can take while off-campus?

  • One Wooster credit is the equivalent of four semester credit hours, and your credits will transfer back accordingly. For example, if you take 15 semester credit hours off-campus, you will receive 3.75 Wooster credits. You must maintain seven (7) Wooster credits over any two consecutive semesters in order to remain a full-time student, and earn the 32 total credits in order to graduate.

How will my housing be decided if I will be off-campus for one semester?

  • You will need to contact Residence Life for all of your housing questions. Please email Angela Sponsler with any immediate questions. Information about housing selection will also be covered at the mandatory OCS Pre-Departure Orientation.

How does billing work for off-campus study?

  • You will pay regular Wooster tuition for the semester you are off-campus. The Business Office will bill you for Wooster tuition. You are responsible for 1) the remainder of your program fee (which usually includes room and board and insurance: most students will receive this bill to their home address or the address they submitted), 2) airfare, travel, local transportation, additional meals and personal expenses.
  • Any financial aid that you normally receive while at Wooster will be applied to your OCS program.

My program requires a deposit - do I have to pay it?

  • Yes, you need to pay it directly to your program before the stated deadline (which is much earlier than the tuition deadline). This deposit ensures your spot on the program. It will be deducted from your final bill from Wooster.

I have changed my mind about studying off-campus, what should I do?

  • If ANYTHING changes in your plans to study off-campus (you want to change programs, semesters, not go at all) you MUST discuss your plans with either Kate Patch or Jamie Adler and get approved for your proposed changes. You must also obtain your advisor's approval.

What do I need to know about passports and visas?

  • A passport is your home country's permission to travel abroad. Passports can take 4-6 weeks to process, so if you do not have one already, start the process immediately. They are obtained through the U.S. Department of State.
  • Passports must be valid six (6) months past your RETURN date to the United States. If you passport will expire before this, you must renew it before departure.
  • A visa is the host country's permission for you to enter and remain for a specific period of time. Visa regulations differ from country to country, and vary in processing time. Please contact your program provider (IES, SIT, Arcadia, etc) to learn the procedure for obtaining a visa for your specific program.

OCS 101 Session

The last OCS 101 session for Spring semester will be held on Thursday, April 30!

For help with your program application, OCS 101 sessions are held in APEX at these times:

  • Monday: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.