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 Study Proposal. Each year, the proposal deadline for most affiliated programs for the upcoming summer and following academic year is in late January (a few programs have earlier application deadlines). Applications for the London Centre and the Francophone Seminar in Dakar Senegal are due early in Spring term.

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 she or he will not achieve sophomore status prior to participation on the off-campus program;
  • if she or he is 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 she or he is 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 she or he has a demonstrated history of behavioral issues inappropriate for off-campus study.

In exceptional circumstances, final determination of eligibility will be made by the Committee on Off-Campus Programs.

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 and seek transfer credit for that experience.  Lawrence scholarships and grants may not be applied to the program costs associated with non-affiliated programs.  Students interested in participating in a non-affiliated program must work closely with the Off-Campus Programs office in preparing for this.

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