Go to How to Apply & Deadlines for more information, or click on the blue Application System button below to get started. Questions? E-mail OffCampusPrograms@Lawrence.edu.
- Most Affiliated Programs do plan to run in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Semesters. Students should closely monitor program updates - both from Lawrence and their program provider - to ensure they have the latest status on their program.
What are my options if my program is cancelled?
- Carefully read your program's cancellation policy to understand their protocols. If your 2021-2022 program is cancelled due to Covid-19-related travel restrictions, most programs will allow you to defer to a later term or semester or consider a new program, but check with your program to be certain.
What should I do if I was counting on a 2021-2022 Off-Campus Program to complete a specific academic requirement?
- If your program is cancelled or deferred, please reach out to your faculty advisor to discuss alternatives.
Will I get my deposit back if my program is cancelled due to Covid-19?
- If London Centre or Senegal, which are Lawrence-run programs, must be cancelled, then any deposits you might have paid will remain on your student account.
- If you were supposed to travel on an Affiliated Program, check with your specific program provider regarding your deposit. Most program providers have been very flexible when it comes to student deposits.
Will I get a refund if my program is cancelled due to Covid-19?
- For an Affiliated Program, check with your specific program's policies regarding refunds during this time.
- For the London Centre or Senegal, contact the Off-Campus Programs office directly by emailing OffCampusPrograms@lawrence.edu.
Are there any virtual off-campus program opportunities?
- Some of the program providers we work with have developed virtual models. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the Off-Campus Programs Office at OffCampusPrograms@lawrence.edu. We can help find an opportunity that fits your goals.
How can I connect with the Off-Campus Programs Office?
What is Off-Campus Programs?
Off-campus study provides a valuable opportunity to hone and extend the intellectual skills and capacity for civic and academic engagement associated with a Lawrence liberal arts education by placing students in educational settings that purposefully combine classroom and experiential learning. In such settings, students are challenged to apply and question what has been learned on the home campus and to evaluate alternate perspectives and ways of learning.
Off-campus study also provides a rich opportunity for personal growth as students gain independence and self-confidence through active engagement with social and cultural practices different than their own and/or through the experience of educational or research settings whose pedagogical approaches and curricular structures differ from those at Lawrence.
How Do I Study Off-Campus?
If you are interested in potentially studying off-campus, but don't know where to start, begin here:
If you will be a Lawrence University sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic and disciplinary standing during the term you plan to study off-campus, then you can study off-campus. Below are some things you can do to help decide what term to study off-campus and which program to pursue:
- Meet with an Off-Campus Programs Advisor - Meeting with an OCP Advisor can help you establish academic goals, explore off-campus options, and discuss logistical issues, such as timing of participation and the application process.
- Meet with your Faculty Advisor - Faculty advisors can help you decide if a particular OCP program is right for you. They can tell you if credits earned while on your OCP program will transfer back as major, minor, general education, or elective credit. And, they can help you find the best timing of an OCP program in view of your overall Lawrence education. (Please note that if you are considering a U.S.-domestic program, additional advising help may be available through program-specific advisors. Contact Off-Campus Programs for more information.)
- Meet with Financial Aid - Any financial aid you receive at Lawrence will apply to your OCP affiliated and Lawrence-run program costs. Meeting with Financial Aid will help you understand your particular situation, the cost of participating in an off-campus program, and make you aware of any scholarships for which you might be eligible. Please note that your financial aid package will not apply to Non-Affiliated programs (see next section) or summer programs.
- Do Your Own Research - Our Thinking of Studying Off-Campus? page can help you plan for your time off-campus: set goals, learn about health and safety, identity and inclusion, as well as program considerations for specific majors, and more.
After doing your initial research on how studying off-campus might impact you, it's time to research the programs.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of programs that you can choose from as a potential off-campus program student.
- Affiliated Programs - Currently, we have over 50 affiliated programs in 30 countries, including eight in the United States. You can find them all listed on our Programs page, searchable by either location or area of interest. Affiliated program credits will automatically transfer back to Lawrence (and, yes, have an impact on your GPA). Additionally, your financial aid will transfer to help with the costs of the program. Some notes about affiliated programs:
- Most affiliated programs run on a semester schedule. For LU students hoping to study off-campus, that means that Fall Semester is usually the easiest option. If you opt for Spring Semester, you most likely will need to miss both Winter and Spring Terms on campus.
- Some affiliated programs may not run every semester/term. If you are interested in a particular program, please check their schedule for options.
- Lawrence-Administered Programs - London Centre and the Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal, are the two off-campus programs that Lawrence currently runs itself. Both programs follow a term schedule, and thus fit seamlessly into the Lawrence calendar. London Centre runs Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms, with the option of doing two consecutive terms abroad during Winter and Spring Terms. Senegal runs every other Spring Term. Both programs send a cohort of Lawrence students, and any major can apply to either program. Please note, students must have completed French 202 or the equivalent to attend the Senegal program.
- Non-Affiliated Programs - In rare cases, students may not find a program that meets their needs and may decide to pursue an outside program. Non-affiliated programs are programs not listed on the Off-Campus Programs website, that you may have found either by doing your own research. While students may study on a non-affiliated program, these programs will require participants to petition to have the program approved, as well as to have any credits transferred back to Lawrence. Additionally, Financial Aid packages do not apply to non-affiliated programs.
Begin the application process by opening up an application for the program and term/semester you want on our Off-Campus Programs Application System. Once in the application, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Agree to and sign several waivers
- Write an academic essay
- Write a goals essay
- Write up an academic plan
- Request a recommendation from an academic recommender (Note, a request for a recommendation from your faculty advisor will be automatically generated as well)
- Request your transcript
- Request a language proficiency recommendation, if applicable
You do not need to complete these steps all at once, and you can ask an Off-Campus Programs advisor at any time if you have questions.
Applications for the NEXT academic year are due in late January for most affiliated programs, with the following exceptions:
- Japan Study - November
- Oxford University - November
- London Centre - March
- Senegal - March
Exact dates are updated within the application system and on the Off-Campus Programs main page.
Once you have submitted your application to Off-Campus Programs, it will go into review. You can expect to hear a response on your application within a few weeks after the deadline. Once you are accepted to study off-campus on an affiliated program, it is time to apply to the program directly. Application procedures can be found on each program's website; links to which are provided via the OCP Program pages. Things to consider when applying to your program provider:
- The Off-Campus Programs office will not apply for you; you will need to apply directly.
- Many of the materials in the program application are similar to materials you provided in your Lawrence OCP application. While we will not share your essays and recommendation letters with the program provider, you may feel free to reuse your LU application materials for the program provider application, if you deem it appropriate.
- The Off-Campus Programs office WILL forward your official transcript to the program provider if you requested it go to OCP.
- The Off-Campus Programs office will need to send a "home university approval" to your program provider. This looks different for each program, so please be aware that you may need to authorize this either digitally online or you may need to print a form and send it to our office.
- Once accepted by your program provider, you will most likely be asked to pay a deposit to hold your spot on the program. Deposits are the responsibility of the student directly and is the only bill that should come directly to you. All further program costs should be billed through your student account.
- Start researching visa requirements. Note: your program provider will be the best source of information for you regarding your visa requirements.
- Consider applying for a passport, as needed, as soon as you know you will be traveling abroad.