Following are answers to questions frequently asked about the off-campus study application process.
Can you suggest scholarships for studying abroad?
question: Can you suggest scholarships for studying abroad?
answer: Definitely! The Off-Campus Study Funding page has information about scholarships and funding for study abroad. When the Off-Campus Programs office learns of a new funding source, it's posted to this page. This is a good place to start your search.
When you are considering your options for studying abroad, an important stop for many students is to meet with LU's Financial Aid office. It is best to meet with them once you have your program options narrowed to one or two programs and they can walk you through how your regular Lawrence aid package would apply and what cost differences you could expect.
How will courses and credit apply to my Lawrence record?
question: How will courses, grades, and credit from an affiliated off-campus program apply to my Lawrence academic record?
answer: Courses, credit, and grades from a Lawrence-sponsored or Lawrence-affiliated off-campus program will apply to your LU academic record automatically and will be treated as Lawrence credit. This means students do not need to petition for transfer credit and the coursework will apply to your LU record and GPA. Courses on Lawrence-sponsored programs (London Centre and Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal) are offered directly through Lawrence departmental offerings. Students should consult the Academic Resources for information on course loads and credit conversion.
How do I select courses to take at a local university when their course schedule isn't yet available?
question: How do I select courses to take at a local university when their course schedule isn't yet available?
answer: Applicants must provide a complete list of intended courses they wish to take while on their off-campus program. Course listings are available from the program's website. For some programs (particularly when directly enrolling at a local university), courses may vary from year to year and a set list of offered courses may not be available by the application deadlines. You should use the most current information on course availability from the specific program as a list of likely courses and select a tentative course plan as well as an acceptable list of alternative courses so you have flexibility with more courses in anticipation of the fact that the courses offered will likely be slightly different. In the Academic Plan section of the Lawrence application, you can list something to the effect of ‘local university course – likely in the area of Art History’ so that it’s clear that the course will be offered at the host institution.
For courses taught at a local university, we know your intended course plan will likely change a bit because the courses at the host institution aren’t available this far in advance. If students have the option of taking some courses at a local university and some courses offered through a program provider with other visiting students, they may want to consider the balance of how many courses you want to take from the program provider and how many from the local university – this can be reflected in the academic plan as part of the Lawrence application.
Can I apply to multiple programs?
question: Can I apply for multiple programs and wait to decide until after I find out if I am accepted? There are a few programs I am interested in so I would like to apply to all of them and see how things pan out.
answer: You should apply to the one program you intend to participate in. If you intend to participate in more than one program in different timeframes (for example, one program in fall semester and then a different program in winter term), you can do this by submitting separate applications for the different terms.
There are several reasons that you should apply to just the program that you intend on participating in. The application process is designed to help the student look into many aspects of their options and make sure the program to which they are applying is a good match for their interests and preparations. The application process is thorough and specific to the program, courses, goals, and information about the program so applying to multiple programs would involve multiple sets of essays, work with your advisor and other faculty, transcripts, recommendations, etc. With good research into the programs and working closely with the Off-Campus Programs office and academic advisors, most student applications are strong and we have a very high acceptance rate so there are seldom cases where a student would need to apply to a second program as a backup plan. When working with the Off-Campus Programs office, they can let you know if any of the programs you are considering tend to be more competitive and whether you should consider a backup plan in the event of not being accepted to your first choice program.
The Off-Campus Programs office is happy to meet with students to talk through your options and which programs might best match your goals for studying off-campus.
Do I need to complete the application to my program in addition to the Lawrence Off-Campus Programs application?
question: Do I need to complete the application to my program in addition to the Lawrence Off-Campus Programs application?
answer: Affiliated program providers require separate application materials for their review process. Students need to submit both the Lawrence proposal application contained in the Off-Campus Programs application system and the application forms and all supporting materials for the program's application to the Off-Campus Programs office by the Lawrence application deadline (even in cases where the program's application deadline is after Lawrence's deadline).
Students applying to Lawrence-sponsored programs (London Centre and Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal) only complete one application in that Lawrence makes the final admission decisions for these programs.
What do I enter in the affiliated application requirement called "Non-LU Program Application Materials" area?
question: What do I enter in the affiliated application requirement called "Non-LU Program Application Materials" area?
answer: You should enter a list of any materials needed for your program application that need to be sent to the program in hardcopy. Please review your program's application materials and list all requirements for the application specific to the program that need to be physically sent to the program. Any application materials to be submitted in printed form should be turned into Lawrence's Off-Campus Programs office and listed in this section of the Lawrence application. Any program application materials that are submitted to the program electronically through the program's application website do not need to be listed in this section of the Lawrence application. Faculty recommendations submitted in hard-copy for the program's application should be sent to the Off-Campus Programs Office (not sent directly to the program provider) - be sure that your recommenders know to send these to the Off-Campus Programs office in the International House. You should not send hard-copy application documents to the affiliated program - Lawrence's Off-Campus Programs office will take care of sending all supporting and hard-copy materials to the program. This section of the Lawrence application is where you tell the Off-Campus Programs office what materials to expect and what needs to be sent on to complete the program's application.
I'm applying to the London Centre or Francophone program in Senegal - have I missed the application deadline?
question: I'm applying to the London Centre or Francophone program in Senegal. I thought my application was due in April but my friends applying to different programs have an earlier application deadline. Have I missed the application deadline?
answer: You are correct that applications to Lawrence-sponsored programs (the Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal and the London Centre) are due later than applications for students applying to participate in a Lawrence-affiliated program. Lawrence makes the final admission decision for Lawrence-sponsored programs so we can have a slightly later application deadline. Applications for Lawrence-sponsored programs are typically due in April for participation any time in the following academic year.
Can I submit an application to study off-campus after Lawrence's application deadline?
question: Can I submit an application to study off-campus after Lawrence's application deadline?
answer: Anyone interested in submitting a late application to study off-campus should contact the Director of Off-Campus Programs to see whether this is possible. A number of factors go into whether or not we can consider an application after the deadline so it's best to contact the office to see what is possible.
How many faculty recommendations are needed for the Lawrence application? I only see one faculty submission slot in the online application system.
question: How many faculty recommendations are needed? I only see one faculty academic recommendation submission slot in the online application system.
answer: The Lawrence application requires a recommendation from your advisor(s) and one from a faculty member you have had for a course (other than your advisor). The application system knows who your advisor(s) is so it automatically sends a request to your advisor(s) once you have submitted certain parts of your application. Recommendation requests are sent to faculty once you complete the Academic Plan, Student Recommendation Agreement and Release, and Academic Recommender portions of your application. There’s only one place in the application system for you to enter a faculty member’s name for an academic recommendation because you only need to tell the system who you would like to complete this recommendation (since the system knows who your advisor(s) is).
If you are applying to a program that requires previous language study, your application will include a separate Language Proficiency application requirement. This Language Proficiency Report should be completed by the faculty member who is most familiar with your abilities in the target language.
How many transcripts should I request when applying to an affiliated program?
question: How many transcripts should I request when applying to a Lawrence-affiliated program?
answer: One. The official transcript you request from the Registrar's Office will be included with the program application materials. You do NOT need to request an additional transcript for the program application. Your transcript will automatically be sent to the program provider for those applications gaining Lawrence's approval - you do NOT need to list in the Non-LU Program Application Materials section that your transcript should be sent on to the provider.