On Campus Essentials

  • Provide OCS with the following:
    • Your address and contact information while you are off-campus
    • The completed Post Acceptance portion of the Off-Campus Studies Application
  • Attend the Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Understand the credit transfer policy: A student must earn a grade of C or higher in any course on an endorsed program in order for the credit to transfer back to Wooster, however the actual grades will not appear on the Wooster transcript, so the Wooster GPA is not affected. The courses will transfer as general credit towards graduation. If you would like your off-campus study courses to fulfill major, minor, or other graduation requirements, you must get departmental approval for selected courses and have the department chair fill out one Transfer Credit form (.pdf) for each course you wish to be counted towards your major. This can be done either before you leave or upon your return.
  • Understand that most institutions use credit hours, but Wooster uses course credits. 4 semester hours transfer as 1 Wooster credit. On most OCS endorsed programs, you will need to count credit hours, not courses, If 4 Wooster credits are needed, you must take 16 credit hours. You must have 3 Wooster credits in order to remain a full-time enrolled student and retain financial aid, and you must have 7 credits over any two consecutive semesters.
  • Read the following documents:
  • Settle any financial obligations with the Business Office. Be sure to pay your confirmation deposit to your program as well.
  • Arrange for room inspection by the residence hall staff. Return residence hall keys to Res Life
  • Campus Employment: discuss your return to campus with your supervisor
  • Arrange with SGA for storage of personal items
  • Return all books to the library
  • If you will be a first-semester senior upon your return to campus, complete the I.S. Carrel Application (.pdf).
  • Arrange for voting by Absentee Ballot if you will be abroad during an election. Contact your county’s Board of Elections. The Federal Voting Assistance Program offers information about registering to vote by absentee ballot.
  • If you have taxable income for the year ending December 31, you will have to file a tax return for that year by April 15 of the following year. Be sure to have the forms sent to you, download them online, or file online.