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Getting Started

So you want to study off campus?

Students apply for Denison approval to study off campus in the fall prior to study away. Most students begin applying during fall of their sophomore year and participate in a program the summer before junior year, or during the fall or spring of junior year. 

There are three parts to the application for OCS, which is why we start the process so early!

  1. Complete your Advising Application by November 8th, 2021
  2. Complete a Denison Program Application for approval of your specific program by December 8th, 2021
  3. Apply directly to your study abroad program via your provider

Start Your Advising Application Today

The first step in the application process is to open an Advising Application in Global Tools and complete the Study Abroad 101 (SA 101) module. Read on to learn more about when to begin the application process and what the Advising Application includes. Note that we encourage students to open and complete an Advising Application as early in the fall as possible to increase your chances of getting a spot on your first-choice program/term. The last day to open an Advising Application is October 24, 2021

When Should I Open An Advising Application?

Start now (before 10/24/21) if you wish to study away during the following terms:
  • Summer 2022
  • Academic Year 2022 - 2023
  • Fall 2022
  • January-Term 2023
  • Spring 2023
To apply during Fall 2021, you must open an Advising Application by October 24th!

First-year students considering programs in later terms can find more information here.

The Advising Application

The Advising Application contains four tasks to complete before you can submit it to our office: 
  • Study Abroad 101 Module & Assessment
  • Academic Planning Form
  • Attend an OCS Group Advising session
  • Program Preference Form
Open Advising Application

When you click the button above, you will be prompted to log into Global Tools using your Denison login information. 

Full details about what is required to complete each step are located in the Advising Application itself. We recommend completing all steps within three weeks of opening an Advising Application. Please note that the final day to complete and submit your Advising Application is November 8, 2021.

Important Fall Deadlines

It is very important to note the following deadlines in your calendar and to meet each one. Failure to do so will make you ineligible to apply during this application cycle and will jeopardize your chances of studying off campus. 
  • Deadline to open an Advising Application - October 24, 2021
  • Deadline to attend OCS Group Advising - October 29, 2021
  • Deadline to submit Advising Application - November 8, 2021
  • Deadline to submit Denison Program Application - December 8, 2021
  • Deadline to submit Program Provider Application - These vary by program by program, so be sure to note your program’s deadline!

Communication Throughout the Application Process

The Center for Global Programs will send out emails throughout the fall with deadline reminders and critical information for OCS applicants. We will also post regularly on social media. Please be sure to read emails from our office carefully to ensure that you don’t fall behind in the process or overlook any steps. If you have questions, you should email our office ( for assistance as soon as possible.