Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to participate in
off-campus study opportunities administered through OCSE. Students with less
than a 3.0 should consult with an OCSE Program Manager.
Students may participate on Skidmore Programs and Approved Programs, both
international and domestic.
Students may NOT apply to more than one program at a time,
except in cases where OCSE determines that a program is highly
Students wanting off-campus program credit to count toward their majors and
minors should choose study abroad programs from the Approved Programs list for
their major/minor department. The Approved Programs list is available in the
OCSE office and on the OCSE Web site.
Students wishing to participate in the National Student Exchange or
Skidmore/Spelman College Exchange program will work closely with the OCSE
Program Manager, academic advisor, and chair of their major/minor department to
determine major/minor credit.
Students who do not need credit toward their major or minor are able to
participate on any of our Approved programs. The Approved Program Master List,
the list of NSE campuses, and other domestic opportunities are available in the
OCSE office and on the OCSE Web site.
The number of credits in which students enroll in while off campus depends
on their program choice. Students must maintain a full course load while
studying off campus (usually the equivalent of 15 semester credits) but
no more than 18 semester credits. The number of credits for each course is
determined by the host institution. Skidmore College will transfer course credit
as reported by the host institution.Some programs will require students to
take more than 18 semester credits.Please check with an OCSE
Program Manager if you have a question regarding your specific program
Students who cannot find an appropriate academic program on the Master
Approved Program List, may petition the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus
Programs to participate on a program that is not on the Master List. The
petition must have an academic focus and have support of the students’
major/minor department. Students wanting to petition must meet with an OCSE
Program Manager for details.All petition decisions are made by
the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Programs.
Credits will count as Skidmore credits for Skidmore
programs, except Skidmore in London, which provides transfer credit.
Credits will count as transfer credits for
International and Domestic Approved Programs. Students must
earn a “C” or above to have transfer credit accepted by
Grades for Skidmoreprograms will count
toward the Skidmore GPA. Grades for International and Domestic Approved
Programs will not count toward the Skidmore GPA. However, all courses
and grades will appear on the Skidmore transcript.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades will not be accepted for transfer credit
except where the hosting institution transcript states that a satisfactory grade
is a "C" or above.
All courses at the 300 level will be applicable to the all-college
requirement for maturity-level credits. Each department determines how many
maturity-level credits may be brought in from off-campus for the major or minor.
Therefore, students on ALL programs must work with their
advisors before departure to determine which of the 300-level courses taken
while off campus will fulfill departmental or other requirements.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors may all study off-campus. Sophomores and
seniors should check with an OCSE advisor regarding the need for additional
All students applying to study
off-campus must declare their major before submitting an application to
Off-campus study is a privilege extended to students who have the
established academic, social and financial standing.However, a
student’s approval for off-campus study can be rescinded by OCSE should a
student fail to maintain these requirements.In addition,
neglecting to complete the mandatory OCSE documentation and submitting the
requisite non-refundable deposit required to study off campus will jeopardize
students’ ability to study off campus.