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.

You can easily browse and search for OWU-approved international and domestic study away experiences here -- OWU Study Away Options

Study away is an experience that is open to all.  Students of diverse backgrounds can start their exploration of opportunities and considerations for studying away here --  All Abroad -- Resources


You 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 behavioral record
  • 2.5 GPA minimum
  • Clearance from the Bursar


  • Attend Off-Campus Programs information sessions and ROUND ONE and ROUND TWO meetings.  
  • CONSULT files & books in IOCP office (HWCC213) and talk with returned students, program representatives, office assistants, et al.
  • Complete OWU LEAVE APPLICATION including faculty recommendations, clearances, $60 fee, essay, transcript, judicial clearance, etc. by deadline.
  • After receiving permission to study off-campus, complete Off-Campus PROGRAM APPLICATION for your chosen program as well as course-planning, housing, and liability forms and submit to IOCP office by deadline.


Programs not on this pre-approved list, require ad hoc approval by the Cross-Cultural Programs Committee. A non-standard program petition and complete supporting information must be submitted by the application deadline.

IOCP office 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.


Remember that all application materials MUST flow through the IOCP Office at OWU. DO NOT apply directly to these or any other programs prior to approval from OWU. DO NOT apply to programs on-line.


  • For Fall and All Year programs, Feb. 24th.
  • For Spring programs, Oct 7th.
  • 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 Jan. 31 for programs during the following academic year.  Some programs may fill prior to the deadline.  

If you have questions or wish to discuss eligibility, please contact IOCP, 740-368-3070.