The Lawrence application materials are obtained and submitted online. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all application materials (including all recommendation forms and any other materials required by the particular affiliated program) are submitted by the deadline.
Lawrence application materials include:
- Submitting information about the courses and credit the student intends to take during the off-campus program.
- Essays. Remember that many of our programs are competitive. Your essays should be written with great care. The essay topics are in the online application system and are listed at the bottom of this page for your reference. Click here for essay writing tips.
- Faculty advisor recommendation. You will request a recommendation from each advisor (one recommendation if the student only has one advisor, two recommendations if the student has two advisors, three if there are three advisors) in the application system. Applicants should contact recommenders in advance of their request so their recommender knows that you are applying to the program and understands your motivations and preparations to do so.
- Academic recommendation from a faculty member other than the student's advisor. You will request this recommendation in the application system. Again, the applicant should contact the potential recommender about this request before sending the recommendation request through the system.
- Language Proficiency Report. This is required for applications to off-campus programs requiring previous language instruction. A Language Proficiency Report is optional for programs that do not require that students have previous knowledge of the language but where students may have some experience in the language. This should be completed by the faculty member with the best knowledge of the student's abilities in the target language.
- Student Acknowledgment of Recommendation for Financial Aid Meeting form. All applicants need to complete the Student Acknowledgement of Recommendation for Financial Aid Meeting form as part of their off-campus study application. This form is available in the application system and is linked at the bottom of this page for your reference. Once complete, the form should be scanned and uploaded into the application system - there are scanners available for student use in the Library (one is located on the first floor of the library and another scanner is available in the ITC on the second floor of the library). Students should contact the Financial Aid office to make an appointment.
- The Off-Campus Programs student waiver is available in the application system.
- Transcript. Official transcripts are needed for affiliated programs and should be requested through Voyager (Transcript Request for Affiliated OCP - JAN 2015.pdf). Students do not need to request an official transcript if applying to Senegal or the London Centre but will instead complete a release for an unofficial transcript to be requested on their behalf.
- For affiliated programs: The program's application forms and all supporting materials are due to the Off-Campus Programs office by the Lawrence application deadline. The official transcript you request from the Registrar's Office will be included with the program application and you do not have to request additional transcripts for the program application. Faculty recommendation forms for the program's application should be sent to the Off-Campus Programs Office. After the on-campus application review process, those applications gaining Lawrence's support will be sent on to the program for their final admissions decision. Applicants to affiliated programs will complete a section in the application system call 'Non-LU Program Application Materials' where they tell us which materials for the program's application to expect. Program application materials that are submitted to the program electronically through the program's application website do not need to be listed.
The Lawrence application requires that students list proposed course selections, which should be chosen in consultation with their academic advisor. Please consult the Credit, Course Load, and Grade Info Sheet (pdf) for guidance on how credit from off-campus study programs will be translated back to your Lawrence record.
Students are advised to have their essays and application reviewed by as many trusted eyes as possible, but especially by those of the academic advisor(s). Good essays, productive course selections, supportive letters of recommendation, strong overall applications, and the delivery of transcripts all take time. Plan ahead as it is never too early to start this process.
Strong recommendations from faculty and advisors are essential for a successful student application to study off-campus. Faculty perceptions of where the off-campus program fits in the student's overall academic career are important, as are assessments of the potential benefits the student will gain through off-campus study. Thoughtful commentary about the student's language skills, where appropriate, is in the student's best interest. Students should be considerate of the time it takes to give a thoughtful recommendation and distribute forms at least a week in advance of the deadline.
When selecting an off-campus program, please reflect carefully upon your personal development and academic objectives and find the program that appropriately matches your future goals and your academic preparations.