Lawrence offers a wide variety of Off-Campus programs that have each been chosen to create a well-rounding portfolio of options. When you are looking through the options, it's important to know what you want to get from this experience and to allow time to plan for your off-campus study. 

Initial Questions

As you plan to study abroad, there are some initial questions you should ask yourself in order to guide your research. 

  • Why do you want to study abroad?  As you are researching and thinking about program options, consider your goals.  What do you hope to gain academically or professionally?  What do you hope to achieve personally?  Allow these goals to guide your search.
  • Where do you plan to go?  Do you want to study in a target language or in English?  Do you prefer large, urban settings or rural locations?  
  • How long to you intend to go?  Lawrence offers programs that are term, semester, academic years in length.  Please also consider that some countries' academic calendars are quite different than our own.    
  • What do you want to study?  Are you looking to study in your major/minor or are you planning to explore outside of your field of study?  Are you looking to do independent research?  Do you want field experience?  Do you want an internship?  Do you want to study in a different academic culture?
  • What sort of housing are you considering?  Do you want to live with a local homestay family?  Do you want to live in student dorms or apartments?  What are the benefits of each and how will they fit with your goals?

Planning and Requirements

Unlike many schools that limit off-campus study to the junior year, at Lawrence you can pursue this experience virtually anytime in your sophomore, junior, senior, or super senior year as is appropriate for your academic program. It is important to know that applications for off-campus study are due in the winter or spring terms of the academic year before the proposed study. Therefore, it is never too early to start planning. As you think about your degree requirements and academic schedule for your Lawrence career, you should consider what subject(s) you would like to study on an off-campus program and explore what programs are available to you in this area.

Some students think that they will not be able to participate in off-campus study because they have too many requirements to complete on campus or that required courses are offered at times that prevent them from leaving campus. At Lawrence, this is not the case - as long as a student plans appropriately. All Lawrence sponsored and affiliated programs grant academic credit that transfers back to Lawrence. Information about how the credit from off-campus study applies to your Lawrence academic record is available from the Credit, Course Load, and Grade Info Sheet.  Many students choose to complete general education requirements at a program like the Lawrence London Centre, leaving time on campus to pursue courses in their major. Other students use off-campus study as a capstone experience by studying at a university in their second language, pursuing research for a senior project, or participating in an academic internship. And some students choose to do both by studying off-campus on more than one program in their Lawrence career.

Once you have figured out which program or kind of opportunity best suits your needs, take special consideration of the program's prerequisites and schedule of course offerings as well as the requirements for your major/minor and/or general education requirements. This will help to find the time when the program will best fit into your schedule as well as plan for the courses from your off-campus program 'count' toward your requirements at Lawrence.

Ask the Experts

 The Off-Campus Programs Office is available to provide advice and assistance during each step of the off-campus study process - from recommending programs that match your interests to understanding how credit from off-campus study will transfer back to Lawrence, to helping with the application process, and suggesting resources to make the most of your experience. To make the most of your meeting with the Off-Campus Programs Office, it's helpful if you've looked through the program options and have some idea of what you are hoping to gain from this experience.

Additionally, students should talk with their academic advisor(s) about their interest in off-campus study. Advisors can often provided students with information about various programs they have had students participate in the past. Consultation with your advisor is a great way to start planning early for off-campus study and getting more information about programs that will match well with a student's interests and major/minor area.