Policies and Procedures
- Visit OCSE. Use the Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) resource library, Web site, and staff to familiarize yourself with the off-campus study options available to you and to assist you in selecting the appropriate off-campus study program.
- Declare your major. All students planning to study off campus are required to declare their major before applying.
- Select your off-campus program.
- Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for studying off-campus.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better is required. If you do not meet this requirement you must petition the Committee on Academic Standing through Off-Campus Study & Exchanges. To petition you must attend a mandatory advising session with a Program Manager in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges. After this initial meeting you are required to:
- Submit at least one letter of faculty support (preferably from the instructor of your Scribner Seminar or your academic advisor).
- Submit a one-page letter to the committee explaining your academic history.
- Class standing as a Junior at time of participation is preferred. If you wish to study off campus as a Sophomore or Senior you are required to:
The Committee on Academic Standing is responsible for final decisions regarding eligibility to apply to study off campus. These are eligibility requirements set by Skidmore College. You must also meet any requirements or program pre-requisites set by the program to which you are applying.
- Submit a letter of faculty support (preferably from the instructor of your Scribner Seminar or academic advisor).
- Submit a one-page letter of intent explaining why you want to study off campus outside of the junior year. You will need to indicate in the letter what your academic plans are for the remainder of your time at Skidmore.
- Complete the appropriate application: International or Domestic Approved Program application, Skidmore program application, or the National Student Exchange application.
- Submit your application materials to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, 202 Starbuck Center, by the appropriate deadline. Students are not permitted to apply to more than one program at a time.
International Approved Program Deadlines:
- Two weeks prior to your chosen program’s application deadline BUT NO LATER THAN:
- October 15 for spring semester programs;
- March 15 for fall and academic year programs.
Please make yourself aware of the application deadline for your chosen program. Off-Campus Study & Exchanges is not responsible for students filing applications after the program provider deadline. You may be denied acceptance to a program if your application is late. Students applying to programs in Italy and to SIT programs are highly recommended to apply early as programs do fill.
Skidmore Program Deadlines:
- September 22 for Skidmore in London (offered in spring semester only)
- October 15 for spring semester Skidmore in Madrid, Skidmore in Alcalá, Skidmore in Paris
March 15 for fall semester and academic year Skidmore in Madrid, Skidmore in Alcalá, Skidmore in Paris, Skidmore in Beijing (offered in fall only), Paris Fall Seminar (offered in fall only), The Shakespeare Programme (offered in fall only)
Domestic Approved Programs Deadlines:
- February 1for fall semester, Academic Year and Spring semester for National Student Exchange
- March 1 for fall semester, Academic Year and Spring semester for the Spelman College Exchange
- March 1 for Woods Hole (Semester in Environmental Sciences at the Marine Biological Laboratory)- (fall only)
- March 1 for fall semester for the Washington Semester Program at American University
- November 1 for spring semester for the Washington Semester Program at American University
- Submit your program provider application materials: You can submit your program’s application directly to the program provider only once your Skidmore Approved Program Application has been approved by the Committee on Academic Standing. You are responsible for collecting and mailing all materials to the program provider.
- Pay your deposit:
International and Domestic Approved Programs:
If you are approved for off-campus study by the Committee on Academic Standing a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $500 is to be paid to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges. This deposit must be paid within two weeks of receiving OCSE notification of approval for off-campus study and will be credited to your Skidmore College account. The deposit will be refunded if you are not accepted by your program provider. Your student ID number, program name, location, and provider will be required in the memo section of your check. The check must be made payable to “Skidmore College.” In your acceptance paperwork to your program you should note that the deposit was paid directly to Skidmore. Skidmore will arrange to pay the non-refundable confirmation deposit to the program provider. If a refundable deposit (for example a housing deposit) is required, you will need to send it directly to the provider, not to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges. Please check with the program provider for their policy on refundable deposits. You will be assessed the Skidmore College Comprehensive fee (Skidmore tuition, room at the Scribner apartment rate (double occupancy), board, as applicable and mandatory College fees.) This fee will be billed by Skidmore College. You are responsible for additional program costs such as airfare to the program site, visa fees, personal expenses, and board if not included in the provider’s program fee, etc. If board is not included, the Skidmore College Comprehensive fee will be adjusted accordingly.
Students are required to use program arranged room and board where available. Additionally, if provided a housing option, students are required to select a homestay. Students desiring an alternative to program housing or a homestay should consult with an OCSE Program Manager.
If you are accepted to a Skidmore Program, you will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable Confirmation Deposit to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges. $400 of the deposit will be credited to your Skidmore College account and the remaining $100 constitutes a processing fee. This deposit must be paid within two weeks of receiving OCSE notification of approval for off-campus study and will be credited to your Skidmore College account. Your student ID number, program name, and location will be required in the memo section of your check. The check must be made payable to “Skidmore College”. You will be assessed the Skidmore College Comprehensive fee (Skidmore tuition, room at the Scribner apartment rate, board and mandatory College fees.) This fee will be billed by Skidmore College. You are responsible for additional program costs such as airfare to the program site, passport and visa fees, personal expenses, etc.
- Financial Aid – Meet with a Financial Aid representative to discuss the financial aid implications of studying off campus. Skidmore aid may be applied to any semester or academic year Skidmore Program, Approved program or the National Student Exchange Program. Be sure to learn the financial logistics involved.
- Residential Life - Complete a Skidmore Return Housing Preference Form and return it to the Residential Life Office. You must complete this form even if you plan to live off campus upon returning to Skidmore.
- PRE-DEPARTURE - Attend the MANDATORY pre-departure orientation before leaving campus. These are typically held in November and April. For current pre-departure orientation dates, please consult OCSE or view our Events page.
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