Students must meet the eligibility requirements set by OWU listed below to participate in off-campus opportunities. Please be aware that most approved programs have eligibility requirements that exceed those listed for off-campus approval. Each potential applicant is responsible for reviewing eligibility requirements associated with their particular program of interest. No program guarantees acceptance; some programs are very competitive in certain years.

Requirements for Study Away*

  • Upper-class standing (more than 15 OWU credits earned at the time of departure)
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Not currently on conduct probation
  • 2.5 GPA minimum (some programs may have higher GPA requirements)
  • No financial hold

(These requirements are for Fall, Spring, and Academic Year programs. Summer Programs are different; please visit the Summer Study Away page for more information.)

Leave Application Deadlines

  • For Fall and All Year programs -- 20 February, midnight
  • For Spring programs, 20 September, midnight. 
  • For Summer programs, deadlines vary by program; consult program or IOCP. 
  • Please Note:  These are OWU deadlines, some program deadlines are earlier. Please check your program deadline.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply by February 1 for programs during the following academic year.  Some programs may fill up prior to the deadline.  

Academic Planning & Credit Transfer

  • Every student must complete a study away academic plan prior to departure, including a Course Enrolment & Graduation Plan ("Course Planning Form"), and a Course Pre-Approval Form. These are approved by the student's academic advisor, the chair of the department of the student's major, and the Registrar's Office. This is to ensure that every student knows prior to departure how their coursework completed while away will transfer back and apply towards their degree requirements.
  • Student's must be enrolled full-time while away.
  • Students must advise the Registrar's Office if they deviate from their established plan while away.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time while away.