Participation on an off-campus program requires approval by the Committee on Off-Campus Programs and, in the case of affiliated programs, acceptance by the program sponsor. Students must apply using the Lawrence Off-Campus Programs online application system. The application deadline for most programs for the upcoming summer and following academic year is in winter term (a few programs have earlier application deadlines).
Off-Campus Programs Eligibility Criteria
Following are the criteria used to determine student eligibility to participate on an off-campus study program.
A student is ineligible for off-campus study in the following cases:
- if they will not achieve sophomore status prior to participation on the off-campus program;
- if they are on academic probation in the term preceding off-campus study or will not be in good academic standing at the time of participating in off-campus study;
- if they are on disciplinary probation in the term preceding off-campus study or will not be in good disciplinary standing at the time of participating in off-campus study; and/or
- if they have a demonstrated history of behavioral issues inappropriate for off-campus study.
In exceptional circumstances, final determination of eligibility can be made by petitioning the Faculty Subcommittee on Administration.
Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of applying are able to apply with the understanding that they would need to meet the off-campus programs eligibility requirements to be fully approved to participate. The Off-Campus Programs Committee reviews student applications individually and would consider all application materials submitted. The Committee may deny a student's application after discussion of application materials in light of the evaluation criteria. If the Committee would like to approve the application to study off-campus by a student on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application, the application will receive a conditional acceptance and will not be fully accepted until meeting eligibility requirements.
Application Evaluation Criteria
Lawrence approval for off-campus study participation is granted only if the student is adequately prepared both personally and academically for the program and if the program coherently fits the goals of a Lawrence liberal arts education and the individual student’s academic plan. Following are the criteria used in evaluating applications to participate in an off-campus study program:
1. The student meets all Lawrence eligibility requirements for off-campus study participation.
2. The proposed program represents a well-defined continuation of the curricular and pedagogical goals of a Lawrence liberal arts education and the individual student’s academic plan. This may include, but is not limited to:
- opportunities to apply, extend, and/or develop specific academic or intellectual skills in a different educational, cultural, or linguistic context;
- opportunities to pursue specific independent research; and/or
- opportunities to apply, extend, and/or develop other kinds of on-campus learning in a different academic, cultural, or linguistic context.
3. The student’s record shows evidence of college-level preparation and academic achievement appropriate to the proposed program.
4. In situations where Lawrence limits participation, qualified students proposing their first off-campus program will be given priority over qualified students proposing participation on an additional program.
Off-campus study approval wait lists
In order to budget effectively for the institutional costs associated with off-campus study, Lawrence establishes an annual cap on the number of students who may participate on affiliated programs. If there are more suitable applicants than the annual cap allows the Committee on Off-Campus Programs to support, a waiting list will be created based upon a combination of seniority and other relevant academic and application factors.
Program capacity for Lawrence sponsored programs (the London Centre, in particular) is limited. In the case of the London Centre, if there are more suitable applicants than there are available spaces for a given term, some students will be shifted to their second-choice term based upon relevant factors. In situations where such accommodations cannot be made, a waiting list ranked according to the same criteria as above will be maintained for each over-subscribed term.
Participation in Non-Affiliated Programs
Students may elect to participate on a non-affiliated off-campus program, seek transfer credit for that experience, and be on leave from Lawrence for the time of their participation in the non-affiliated program. Lawrence scholarships and grants can not be applied to program costs associated with non-affiliated programs. By choosing to participate in a non-affiliated program, students understand that Lawrence cannot verify the quality of educational experiences at the host institution and may have limited ability to assist in the event of health or security concerns. While Lawrence is not able to provide assistance throughout the program's application process, students interested in participating in a non-affiliated program must work closely with the Off-Campus Programs office in preparing for administrative aspects of this.