How to Apply to Study Off Campus
1. DECIDE WHERE AND WHEN YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO.
Check out the "Most Popular Programs" link on the left to find ORU students' favorite schools. Although lots of students have great experiences at these schools, you are not limited to them. ORU students have attended over forty different institutions abroad.
Get advice from your adviser and from friends who have gone before. You can also search the web for more ideas. Take the description of your selected program or school to your academic advisor to see which courses will transfer in to your degree plan sheet.
2. MEET WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR.
Discuss how the courses offered at the off-campus institution will fit into your degree plan. Also plan how you can complete your degree in the remainder of your time at ORU so you can be sure to resolve any scheduling conflicts before graduation. If you are getting credit for something other than a course in your major, then go to chairperson of the department that will be granting the credit.
3. DOWNLOAD AND BEGIN READING THE ORU OFF CAMPUS AND STUDY ABROAD HANDBOOK.
4. SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH A STUDY ABROAD COORDINATOR.
Arrange for an initial consultation to discuss your plans and the application process with the appropriate coordinator listed below. You should plan to meet with a coordinator to discuss your plan of study and begin the application process NO LATER THAN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SEMESTER prior to the semester you plan to be off campus.
5. DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE STUDY ABROAD PACKET by clicking on the link here.
Your coordinator will explain packet details and deadlines to you. The deadline for Summer/Fall programs is March 1. The deadline for Spring programs is October 1.
6. DOWNLOAD THE FACULTY RECOMMENDATION FORM by clicking on the link here.
Be sure to have the faculty member send the reference letter directly to the Study Abroad Office at email@example.com or to Dr. Joann Allen, EML Department, GC 5A02.
7. WRITE A TRIP PROPOSAL.
To complete the packet you will need to write a proposal outlining your plan of study. It should include a description of the program, courses to be taken, detailed cost, dates, etc. Download the template for the proposal by clicking on the link here.
8. COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM FOR RISK MANAGEMENT (WITH YOUR EMERGENCY INFORMATION).
9. APPLY TO THE PROGRAM AT THE OFF-CAMPUS INSTITUTION.
Each program has different deadlines so read the instructions carefully and allow plenty of time. The sooner you send your application in, the sooner the school will respond with your acceptance and other information. Depending on the program you wish to attend, you may need to arrange for housing.
10. APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
Search for possible scholarships. Spanish students can apply for Spanish Club scholarships. Spanish club scholarship applications can be accessed here. Financial Aid may have other financing options.
11. MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT IS CURRENT.
If you need to get one, start early, especially if you also need a visa. You need your original Birth Certificate for the passport application. Depending on your program and length of stay, you may need a Student Visa. France has a very complicated procedure to follow. See instructions under "Visas" or in the study abroad office. Obtaining a French visa will probably involve you going in person to the nearest consulate.
12. START SEARCHING FOR AIRLINE TICKETS.
Start searching for airline tickets preferably about three months before departure unless you are going in low season. Make reservations, if possible, two months ahead.
13. SET UP POWER OF ATTORNEY.
In order to deal with finances, you may want to set up Power of Attorney to have someone in charge of getting your Financial Aid disbursement and sending it to you. Usually the best way is to have the money deposited and access it with an ATM while abroad (though you will have ATM fees).
14. OBTAIN FINAL SIGNATURES.
Once notified that your packet has been approved, obtain final signatures and complete all the remaining stages of the approvals process.
15. INFORM THE STUDY ABROAD COORDINATOR OF YOUR FINAL DATES OF DEPARTURE AND RETURN.
Inform the Study Abroad Coordinator of your final dates of departure and return. This will affect your insurance coverage. If your dates change, contact your coordinator immediately.
16. ATTEND MANDATORY PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION MEETING.
This final meeting is mandatory. You will not be cleared to travel if you do not attend. Here you will get your final signature from the study abroad coordinator.
17. STAY IN TOUCH!
Stay in touch by email with your academic advisor and your study abroad coordinator while you are abroad. Any change in classes taken would need their approval. Have your transcript sent directly to ORU Registrar. Attn: Transfer Coordinator.
18. UPON RETURN, COMPLETE STUDY ABROAD QUESTIONNAIRE.
After you return, please pick up a study abroad questionnaire from your study abroad coordinator and complete it.