Martha Dowell ‘08, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa
As early as possible…Talk with your academic advisor (or another faculty member in the department of your major or intended major) about the best program for you and how off-campus study fits into your academic plans at Wooster. Your major or minor requirements might determine where, when or for how long you are able to study off-campus.
Check the OCS Calendar for dates, times and locations. It is not necessary to register for a specific session - you may attend the session that is most convenient for you, but you should attend a session prior to meeting with the OCS Director.
During the fall semester of your sophomore year (ideally) make an appointment with the OCS director to discuss your goals for OCS as well as the College’s Policies and Procedures for Off-Campus Study.
Think about your goals for your off-campus study experience. Do you want to learn a new language? Do you have your heart set on a specific location? Do you want to meet new people in a homestay or by living in the residence halls? Are you looking to take a specific course or complete an internship within your field of study?
Read over past Program Evaluations (COW password protected) to find out what Wooster students have thought of the programs you’re considering. If you are a student with specific concerns, such as GLBT, multiculturalism, women's issues, or accessibility, please don’t hesitate to discuss these concerns with the OCS Director or with the contact person in the program you select.
Complete the OCS Application and submit all accompanying material by the stated deadline of the year prior to your off-campus study.
Note: Summer study abroad students need only apply through OCS if they would like one of their eight semesters of financial aid to transfer. We are happy to advise you on summer study, however, or you can use one of the searchable databases. You can also take advantage of Wooster-run short-term programs like Wooster in Kenya, Feminist Theology in Thailand/Myanmar, or Tropical Field Biology in Ecuador; explore Copeland Funding opportunities, or talk with Experiential Learning in APEX.
Attend OCS and other global events on campus to meet other returnees or students interested in off-campus study and to learn about programs, destinations and off-campus study in general.
Contact one of our Global Envoys to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment.
Research your program and your destination of study. Visit the OCS office; look online; talk to professors, international students, or returnees; keep in contact with your program and OCS!
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