What you experience, you remember. You can maximize experiential learning by taking advantage of OWU’s study abroad and other off-campus programs.

A semester spent off-campus in a far-flung or challenging location is practically a “must do” for anyone attending a liberal arts college. Ohio Wesleyan encourages its students to make an off-campus semester part of their academic experience. The OWU Connection / International and Off-Campus Programs staff can assist you in your planning for off-campus experiences.  

Students must:

1.  consider carefully and strive to understand well all of the challenges that come with an off-campus experience, whether international or domestic.

2.  be able to understand, appreciate and articulate the value of their proposed off-campus experience to their intellectual and cultural development.  

3.  be able to understand, appreciate and articulate the value of their off-campus program to their overall academic experience and their major(s) and minor(s). 

4.  follow the OWU application process (see "Steps" below):  First, to apply for OWU off-campus permission using the OWU LEAVE APPLICATION and then, second, to submit an application form to the program itself.

You can easily browse and search for OWU-approved international and domestic study away experiences using the OWU off-campus programs search and application system -- OWU Study Away Options

Study away is an experience that is open to all.  Please read our Financial Planning resources (see link at right) for information about additional scholarships and grants.  Students of diverse backgrounds can start their exploration of opportunities and considerations for studying away here --  All Abroad -- Resources

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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.

OWU Off-Campus Requirements

  • Upper class standing
  • Maturity and stability
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Good conduct record
  • 2.5 GPA minimum
  • Clearance from the Bursar

STEPS TO STUDY AWAY

  • 1.  Attend OWU Connection / IOCP program information sessions offered throughout the academic year.  These are optional but assist students in getting to know available options and getting prepared for a study away experience.  These are advertised in OWU Daily.  (Time to complete:  varies.)
  • 2.  Complete the mandatory Study Away -- Round One -- Presentation .  Make sure you complete and submit both the form at the beginning of the presentation and the questions at the end.  (Time to complete:  About an hour.) 
    • The Round One on-line presentation covers the following topics:  eligibility to study away, approved programs and partner institutions, the academic framework for an approved semester away, credit and grade equivalencies, transfer of credits, billing and financial aid, costs and budgeting, and the application policies and procedures for approval for off-campus study.
  • 3.  Search for programs using the on-line OWU off-campus programs search and application system. (See "Programs" link at the right.)  Make sure that you understand the academic and cultural contexts of the programs you are considering.  While doing this, also do #4.  (Time to complete:  varies greatly.)
  • 4.  Seek out on-campus resources to assist you with making an informed decision.
    • Very importantly, meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plans.  
    • Meet with Merrick Mentors to discuss the experience of studying away.  
    • Meet with representatives of partner programs / institutions that frequently visit campus.  
    • Meet with the Assistant Director of IOCP / Study Away.  
    • Attend Access Study Abroad meetings to learn more about external grants and scholarships and budgeting for your semester away.  
    • Check the OWU Student Evaluations of the programs you are considering (these are kept in the IOCP office in HWCC).
    • Connect with study away alumni who have participated in the program that you are considering.  
  • 5.  Complete the on-line OWU LEAVE APPLICATION that is part of the off-campus programs search and application system.  (Time to complete:  one to two hours.)
    • Please note that your leave application requires that you submit or have submitted on your behalf a number of items including faculty recommendations, an application fee, an official transcript, etc.  
    • Faculty recommendations should be chosen with care and must come from faculty who have taught you in an OWU course.      
    • When you apply for off-campus approval using the OWU off-campus programs search and application system, you must select the specific off-campus program you wish to attend when you first apply for leave permission.  You can change the program simply which you want to attend by emailing your request to change to international@owu.edu .
    • The Leave Application questionnaire requires some personal reflection and thought -- important preliminary preparation for an off-campus semester. 
  • 6. Attend a Round Two meeting -- these are offered to those students who have been approved for off-campus study.  Round Two meetings cover the following topics:  course enrolment planning for on-time graduation, pre-approval process for courses to transfer back, policies and procedures for application to partner programs and institutions, billing and financial aid, costs and budgeting, planning for a return to campus and enrolment in courses for the semester back.  (Time to complete: about one hour.)
  • 7.  After receiving permission to study off-campus and then attending a Round Two meeting, follow the instructions for moving your application on to the program you have been approved to attend.  Specific directions are provided in the approval email and the forms that are distributed during the Round Two meeting.  Since you have already applied for and been approved for off-campus leave, almost all of the work of applying to the program has been completed.   (Time to complete:  about one hour.)
  • 8.  Complete pre-departure activities, as set-out in the Round Two meeting, and complete the on-line Round Three Pre-Departure presentation and complete the pre-departure activities assigned by your program. (Time to complete:  two to three hours, depending on the program.)
  • 9.  Attend some of the various optional information sessions that are offered to assist those planning their study away semester, such as Women and Study Away and/or First Time Travellers Chat.
  • 10.  Follow the instructions given to you by your program for arrival, orientation and start-up.
  • To summarize:  First, complete the Study Away -- Round One -- Presentation, then apply for OWU off-campus leave permission on the OWU on-line system, then get approval for off-campus leave, then attend a Round Two meeting and complete the Round Two activities, then apply to the program itself, then follow the instructions of your program.

Note:

Programs that are not included in the OWU off-campus programs search and application system -- those that are not approved -- require approval by faculty committee.  An "unapproved program" petition is available in the off-campus programs search and application system.  Please consult with the OWU Connection / IOCP staff, if you are applying to an unapproved program.

The OWU Connection communicates through the OWU Daily.  Read it carefully and regularly. Consult the Ohio Wesleyan University Catalog for further information about Off-Campus Programs policies and procedures.

All application materials MUST flow through the OWU Connection, IOCP Office at OWU. Do not apply directly to these or any other programs prior to approval from OWU.  

When you apply for off-campus approval using the OWU off-campus programs search and application system, you must select the specific off-campus program you wish to attend when you first apply for leave permission.  You can change the program which you want to attend by emailing your request to change to international@owu.edu .

You are required to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your off-campus plans.  Some departments and programs have specific requirements for majors who will be studying away.   

Students interested in the Wesleyan in Washington Program need not attend a Round One meeting and do not need to go through this process--but they do need to contact the Arneson Institute in Elliot Hall.

OWU prohibits sponsored student travel to countries with U.S. Dept. of State Level 4 Travel Advisories.  OWU reviews requests for student travel to countries with U.S. Dept. of State Level 3 Travel Advisories. For more information contact international@owu.edu.

DEADLINES

  • For Fall and All Year programs -- 15 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 Feb. 1 for programs during the following academic year.  Some programs may fill prior to the deadline.  

If you have questions or wish to discuss eligibility call 740-368-3070 or 740-368-3075.