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Off-Campus Study Process
The majority of students at Denison begin the process of applying for study abroad during the fall semester of the sophomore year.  The application process, consisting of the four phases outlined below, is carried out during the sophomore year in preparation for study abroad during the student's junior year, or the summer following the sophomore year.
The first step in the process of applying for off-campus study is participation in Study Abroad 101.  Study Abroad 101 is offered weekly every fall from early September to mid-October. Contact the OCS office at 740-587-6532 or at to register for this session. 

Once registered for Study Abroad 101, a member of our staff will open an Advising Application for you on the Global Tools website, and schedule you to meet with an OCS Advisor.  The advising appointment will be scheduled two weeks out from when the student registers for the SA 101.  During that two-week period the student will complete the following tasks in preparation for the meeting:

  1. Meet with his/her Faculty Advisor to discuss the impact of off-campus study on degree progress, to complete the Academic Planning Form, and collect the advisor's signature. The student should also inquire about transfer credit guidelines for their major and/or minor department. Note: A signature from the student's Faculty Advisor or a faculty member in his/her major department is required to document this meeting and the resulting academic plan.
  2. View a series of information videos that explain the process of applying for off-campus study in detail.  Students wll also be asked to complete an assessment to make certain the information shared on the videos has been received.
  3. Conduct an initial search of the Denison-approved programs on the website to identify a short list of 3 to 5 programs that match his/her academic interests and goals. Students may use the Advanced Search tool to explore programs by area of academic interest, location, language and more. Students should save programs of interest to his/her profile to review later.
  4. Complete the Advising Application on the website.
Please note that the student is responsible to complete the application in full, including uploading a copy of the Academic Planning Form signed by his/her faculty advisor into his/her Advising Application (see #1 above).

Please note that students must meet with an OCS Advisor for his/her advising appointment before the end of October of the sophomore year in order to propose off-campus study during the following summer, or during either semester of the junior year. At this meeting the student will have the opportunity to share his/her academic goals for participation in off-campus study, as well as discuss the short list of programs they have identified in the Advising Application. The OCS Advisor will offer information about additional programs that may be of interest to the student, answer questions related to timing, costs, requirements, eligibility and more. This meeting may take up to 45 minutes.

TIMELINE:  Students must participate in the Study Abroad 101 session prior to October 15 and are encouraged to contact the OCS Office to register for this session as early in the fall semester as possible.
Following the student's advising appointment, the OCS Advisor will open a Post Advising Program Proposal on the website. The student should work to complete this proposal within three weeks time or, at the latest, by November 15. During this final stage of researching programs, we encourage the student to contact OCS returnees to inquire about their experiences. A list of OCS Student Ambassadors is provided on the Global Tools website under the Student Voices tab.  A complete list of student returnees is available as Learning Content in the student's Advising Application.  
Students are encouraged to take advantage of walk-in advising offered at the following times/locations:
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The Post Advising Program Proposal requires the student to finalize his/her program list to one first-choice program, and one alternative program. The student should offer a thoughtful and well-articulated rationale for proposing study on his/her first-choice program, and address each question in full.

It is important to note that enrollment caps apply for specific terms and, in some cases, individual programs. For this reason, we encourage students to submit a thoughtful and complete Post Advising Program Proposal within three weeks of the one-on-one appointment with an OCS Advisor. The final deadline for submitting the Post Advising Program Proposal is November 15, 2020, but an early submission provides the student with an opportunity to secure his/her preferred semester of study, and to receive a participation spot on the student's first choice program.

Post Advising Program Proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received. Students who submit a successful application, and meet the minimum eligibility requirements for their first-choice program, will have a program application opened in  Students who submit a Post Advising Program Application that is unsatisfactory, or otherwise requires a follow-up discussion with an OCS Advisor, will be contacted about scheduling an appointment before moving forward.
TIMELINE: The Post Advising Program Proposal should be completed within three weeks time following the student's advising appointment or, at the latest, by November 15th. 
Upon successfully completing the PLAN and PROPOSE phases, the OCS Office will open an application for the student in for their first choice program. Students applying for study abroad during Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 must complete the APPLY phase by the priority deadline of December 3, 2021.  Please ensure that you submit everything that is required.  OCS will confirm applicant eligibility by reviewing fall semester grades, and the student’s campus judicial record.  For more information about off-campus study eligibility and disciplinary policies, please see the Eligibility tab under Getting Started on the Global Tools Home Page.  Additional information is provided in the OCS Handbook tab on the

The OCS Office will review program applications and notify students about the outcome of their application on or before the following dates.
Planned Time Abroad                         Date of Notification
Applicants for Summer 2021              February 15, 2021
Applicants for Fall 2021                      March 15, 2021
Applicants for Spring 2022                 April 15, 2021 **
**Please note that it may be necessary to defer approval for a Spring 2021 applicant until grades from Spring 2021 are finalized.  In those cases, OCS will communicate directly with the applicant and determine the final outcome by June 1, 2021.

TIMELINE:  All program applications opened for students following the successful completion of the PLAN and PROPOSE phases must be completed in full and submitted by December 3, 2020.


Once a student’s program application is approved by the OCS Office, he/she will receive the OCS Decision Letter and be instructed to begin the application process with the program provider (Arcadia, CIEE, DIS, SFS, etc.).  This application is independent of the application the student has submitted in  In most cases, the application is available online.  The student is responsible for submitting the program application in full by the program provider’s deadline.

Students approved for off-campus study will be required to attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the OCS Staff.  Orientation dates will be provided well in advance so that students can plan accordingly.  Students approved for off-campus study during summer or fall semester will participate in the orientation in the spring. Students approved for off-campus study during January-term, May-term, or the spring semester will participate in the orientation in the fall.

The student will be asked to complete additional tasks in before departing for off-campus study.  These tasks are detailed under PREPARE in  Students should note any deadlines associated with completing these tasks.
TIMELINE:  Students are encouraged to note the program provider application deadline and to apply well in advance.  Summer and Fall applicants should apply to their program provider no later than March 15, 2021.  Spring applicant should apply no later than June 1, 2021.