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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.

Exciting Changes for Study Abroad Funding for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Off-Campus Programs Info Meetings, Visits, & Events 2016-17

The Off-Campus Programs Office holds a number of information meetings, events, and campus visits by representatives from third party organizations providing some programs.  These events are helpful for students to learn more about their options for off-campus study.  Watch this space and the Lawrence calendar for the schedule.

• Tues Jan 10 - Earth and Environment in Italy program info meeting with Prof Bjornerud @ 4.30pm in Youngchild 236
• Thurs Jan 12 - SEA Semester program representative visit
• Thurs Jan 12 - SEA Semester Info Table @ 10.30am-2pm in Science Hall Atrium
• Thurs Jan 12 - SEA Semester representative visit with Info meeting @ 4.30pm in Campus Center Kraemer Room
• Man Jan 16 - Off-Campus Programs Drop-in Advising meetings - no appointment needed @ 10am-4.30pm in the International House
• Mon Jan 16 - Off-Campus Programs Financial Aid Drop-in Advising meetings - no appointment needed @ 10am-4.30pm in the Financial Aid office in Brokaw Hall (to make the most of meeting with the Financial Aid office, students should know which one or two programs they are considering and likely have met with the Off-Campus Programs office before meeting with Financial Aid)
• Tues-Sun Jan 17-22 - London Week
• Tues Jan 17 - Lawrence London Centre Info Session @ 4.30pm in Campus Center Cinema
• Sun Jan 22 - Senegalese Cultural Food Event @ International House - cooking begins at 8am with the meal ready approx 1pm - stop by to learn about Senegalese cooking!
• Tues Feb 28 - London Centre for Government & Environmental Studies Info Session @ 4.30pm in Briggs 420

Study Abroad Funding

There are many sources of funding for off-campus study.  

Students who wish to study off-campus are encouraged to make an appointment with the Financial Aid office to discuss their financial expectations. Program costs vary widely and the Financial Aid office can help students understand the financial implications of off-campus study decisions. Students participating in Lawrence-sponsored or Lawrence-affiliated off-campus programs are able to utilize some of their financial aid package toward their off-campus program.

There are many opportunities for funding outside of Lawrence as well and this page will help students identify possibilities from program providers, outside scholarships, and other resources.


Look into your options

Students interested in off-campus study should make an appointment with the Off-Campus Programs office well in advance of the time they wish to pursue such study. These meetings help students establish academic goals, explore their off-campus options, and to discuss logistical issues such as timing of participation and the application process.

Students should also discuss their interest in studying off-campus with their faculty advisors.  Advisors can help students select a program matching their academic preparations and interests as well as consider ways the student may be able to integrate their off-campus study into their curriculum at Lawrence. 

Students can also get information about their options when representatives from affiliated programs visit campus in fall and winter terms, informational meetings held about specific programs, or from students who have studied off-campus in the past. 

It is a good idea to gather as much information about the program(s) as possible to get the fullest understanding of the options. 


Application Deadlines

Important deadlines for 2017-18 participation:

  • Japan Study - end of fall term 2016
  • Affiliated programs with early deadlines (Associated Colleges in China, Earth & Environment in Italy, and Oxford University through Arcadia) -  January 16, 2017
  • Affiliated programs - January 23, 2017
  • London Centre - April 5, 2017
  • Off-Campus Programs office Study Abroad funding applications - May 8, 2017 at 5pm

Application forms and information about the application process is available here.

London Centre Anniversary Scholarship

The London Centre Anniversary Scholarship was established in 2012 in recognition of the powerful and transformative experiences of the London Centre and as a tribute to the program's fortieth anniversary. The fund assists Lawrence students participating in the London Centre program.  A common impediment for students interested in the London Centre is that of cost; the London Centre Anniversary Scholarship will enable future students to live and learn in this great world city.  Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to students attending Lawrence's London Centre program. 

Information about the scholarship and application process is available here.

The scholarship's application deadline for students participating in 2017-18 programs will be May of 2017.


Helen Barr Rudin Study Abroad Grant

The Helen Barr Rudin Study Abroad Grant is a popular source of funding for Lawrence students. 

Helen Barr Rudin ‘32, was one of Lawrence’s earliest students to study abroad when she participated in a study program to France. This experience deeply impacted her and shaped her strong belief in the value of education abroad. This scholarship was established through a planned gift upon Rudin’s death in 2007. Grants of approximately $2,000 are given annually to students attending Lawrence-affiliated or -sponsored international term, semester, or academic year off-campus study programs.  Six students are receiving this grant in the 2016-17 academic year. 

The grant's application deadline for students participating in 2017-18 programs will be May of 2017.

More information about the Barr Rudin Study Abroad Grant and the application process is available here.


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