How OCS Works: A condensed guide
Students must submit two applications. The first must be submitted to the OCS office via the OCS website by February 1. Once that application is approved by OCS, the student must apply to his/her specific program via the provider/university website.
Students must meet with a member of the Global Envoy team, either Kate Patch or Jamie Adler, and his/her academic advisor. Only sophomores and juniors can participate in OCS programs. Students must be enrolled at The College of Wooster the semester preceding off-campus study, and they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students are required to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation before studying off-campus, and they must complete the OCS Program Evaluation within three weeks of their return to campus after their program.
Fall vs. Spring Enrollment
Fall and Spring semesters will be split 55%/45% in order to plan for and utilize on-campus resources in an effective manner. OCS reserves the right to switch the semester a student will go off-campus.
Generally, The College of Wooster will apply all financial aid to an approved application for one endorsed off-campus program (some restrictions apply, see How OCS Works for full details regarding financial aid and billing).
Petitions for any exceptions to the above requirements, and for permission to transfer financial aid to a non-endorsed off-campus program, must be submitted to the Director of OCS no later than February 1. Petitions for special one-time endorsement of non-endorsed programs must contain compelling academic reasons in order to be granted.
Links to External Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - information about health issues and immunizations by country.
CIEE Knowledge Series - Essays geared towards students about health, safety, parents, risk, women, disability, food, identity, and the return home.
Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit - Comprehensive resources, ideas and syllabi for faculty-led embedded and stand-alone off-campus programs from the University of Kentucky.
FacultyLed.com - Information and tips about designing and implementing faculty-led off-campus programs.
Information about responsible, ethical and sustainable study abroad: Responsible Travel resources from Transitions Abroad, Sustainable Study Abroad from Middlebury College, Sustainable Travel Checklist from Sustainable Travel International, the Ethical Traveler website.
Mobility International USA - an organization advocating for international exchange for people with disabilities.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators - information, resources, handbooks, articles about study abroad and international education.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection - U.S. customs regulations and links for air travelers.
US Department of State - Entry requirements, travel warnings and alerts, country information, websites for study abroad participants, travel tips for foreign countries.
STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) - U.S. Department of State program for registering U.S. citizens traveling abroad.
What's Up With Culture? - online cultural training resource for study abroad from the University of the Pacific.