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Want to make your off-campus study dreams a reality?Step One: Attend a Starting Points Meeting
All students who are planning to study off-campus must attend a Starting Points meeting. These meetings, led by the Off-Campus Study Ambassadors, will provide you with information about F&M policies for off-campus study, resources for searching for programs, and next steps for making off-campus study a key part of your education at F&M. Starting Points meetings are held every Monday at 4:30 pm and Tuesday at 11:30 am in the Joseph International Center (during the academic year). You're encouraged to attend a Starting Points meeting approximately one year in advance of the term you plan to be off-campus.
Step Two: Explore Off-Campus Study Programs and Policies
F&M has pre-approved over 200 different programs in more than 60 different locations during the summer, semester or academic year. Whether you want to take classes at a local university in Australia or improve your Spanish in Chile to conducting field research in India, each of F&M's pre-approved programs offer unique and challenging academic opportunities. You can search for pre-approved programs by area of study, language of instruction, program type or location here.
For more information about off-campus study academic and financial policies, review the information under Policies on the left.
Step Three: Complete an Online Advising Application
Before you can meet with an off-campus study adviser, you will need to complete an online advising application. Click to begin one now (or click "start advising" on any off-campus study program page). As a part of your advising application, you'll be asked to share information about your academic background and your goals for off-campus study.
Step Four: Meet with an Off-Campus Study Adviser
All students interested in studying off-campus must meet with an off-campus study adviser. Remember, students must have completed an advising questionnaire and attended Starting Points before they meet with an off-campus study adviser. Each off-campus study adviser works with programs in particular locations. You should meet with the off-campus study adviser who works with the country where you are most interested in studying. You can find more information about off-campus study advisers here.
When meeting with an off-campus study adviser, you'll talk about your academic and long-range career goals, your goals for off-campus study, and the ways each off-campus study program offers unique cultural learning opportunities that can help you reach these goals.
Your off-campus study adviser will then help you start your program application and your off-campus study journey begins!
Eligibility RequirementsIn order to study off-campus, Franklin & Marshall requires that all students:
- have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA,
- have a plan to declare a major area of study before attending a semester-long program,
- be making satisfactory academic progress,
- demonstrate evidence of social maturity
NOTE: students who do not meet required eligibility requirements or who want to study off-campus during their last semester at F&M will need to petition the Committee on Academic Standing. Students with questions about this should contact their off-campus study adviser.
Things to Consider as You Explore ProgramsEach off-campus study program offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and to explore academically-challenging coursework and experiential learning opportunities. Off-campus study is intended to deepen and bring fresh perspectives to your understanding of an academic field. You play an important role in ensuring your off-campus study experiences are meaningful and challenging -- and this starts with choosing your off-campus study program. We've included some things for you to think about as you begin to explore your program options:
- Your academic goals and needs: You will want to speak with your faculty adviser regarding your interest in off-campus study. He or she may be able to help you think about what type of credit you need to fulfill abroad and what is appropriate for your major or minor.
- Program type: Programs pre-approved by F&M may allow you to directly-enroll at a local university or take classes at a study center designed for students from US institutions. Other programs may have a significant fieldwork or internship experience. Other programs may be language-intensive and focus exclusively on language study. Each of these program types has benefits and challenges, so it is important to talk about this with your off-campus study adviser.
- Housing Options: Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university.
- Opportunities for community engagement: In addition to your coursework, you may want to consider what kinds of opportunities for engaging with the local community are offered. Programs may have opportunities to volunteer, internship courses or other study tours that may help you get to know local students and the community. Additionally, think about how the academic and housing components of the program can support you in getting to know the local community (for example, are you taking classes with other American students, are you living in a local setting, etc....).
Individual Program Approval RequestIf you are interested in participating on a program that has not been pre-approved by F&M, you may request consideration for individual approval of an off-campus study program. Students must submit a formal request through the online Individual Approval Request form by the following deadlines:
- October 1 (for off-campus study during the upcoming spring semester)
- March 1 (for off-campus study during the upcoming summer or fall semester/academic year)