While You Are Away

It is never too early to begin thinking about your time off-campus, and what will make it a success. Think about how you will cope with the challenges, but also how you will make the most of your experience.

As students living and studying in another city or country, your actions are taken as representative of American citizens in general but also of your culture, your family, and The College of Wooster.

Just as you may be forming impressions of other cultures and countries by the people you meet, so too are your culture and country being judged by what you do and say.  Beyond the personal impression you leave, your behavior may also affect the opportunities and experiences of those who follow you. Be aware of issues in U.S. politics and foreign policy and have an opinion about these issues. Know and be able to explain U.S. values and principles that you may hold.

Being a responsible representative of your culture means abiding by the rules of your program and hosts, being aware of what is going on around you, and taking care of yourself. But it also means making the most of your experience, and taking advantage of all that this opportunity has to offer you.

Students in an off-campus study program assume an important personal obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the program’s guidelines, with local laws, and with expectations for student conduct at their home institution. Misconduct while off-campus includes but is not limited to:

  • Any situation in which you jeopardize your own welfare, that of fellow students or of the program
  • Unauthorized absence from classes and planned group excursions
  • Abuse of the social customs of the community with regard to behavior and dress
  • Disrespect of property
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • The use, purchase, or sale of illegal drugs
  • Any violation of the laws of the country, or regulations governing the host university.
  • Inappropriate conduct can result in your dismissal from a consortium or Wooster- led program.
  • Termination of your participation in the program, whether or not voluntary on your part, shall not diminish or otherwise affect your obligations to make any and all payments.