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Welcome to Whitman Off-Campus Studies!

We believe that immersion into other cultures and academic viewpoints afforded by study abroad or study in a different US community is an invaluable component of undergraduate education—leading to significant academic and personal growth, development of intercultural communication skills, and a greater understanding of the range of professional and personal possibilities.

We encourage all Whitman students to take advantage of the broad range of off-campus study opportunities available through Whitman—semester, academic year, and summer options—as part of their undergraduate education. To that end, the college strives to reduce financial barriers by providing need-based aid and merit scholarships to eligible participants.

  • 45%* of Whitman students participate in an Off-Campus Studies program, including semester-long overseas and U.S.-based studies, as well as summer study abroad opportunities
    *Pre-pandemic enrollments
  • 80+ semester and year-long Partner Programs in nearly 40 countries offered each year
  • Three semester-long U.S. partner programs
  • Students from all majors are able to participate in Off-Campus Studies programs

COVID19 - General Guidance for Off-Campus Studies

Whitman College Off-Campus Studies (OCS) remains committed to assisting our students in pursuing global education. At the same time, student health and safety are a top priority for us. Therefore, Whitman will cancel future off-campus studies if the health and safety risk is considered too high (based on US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, and other official guidance) or if Whitman deems the educational experience off-campus to be too compromised due to the pandemic. Students who wish to study off-campus in fall 2021 and beyond should be aware that the pandemic has created a situation in which there are higher health risks, financial risks, and the potential for a disrupted semester. Whitman OCS is monitoring the situation closely and will do our best to inform students about possible issues related to COVID19 whenever we can so that students and families can plan accordingly. For the latest news on Whitman OCS policies related to COVID-19, please see our Important Updates page.

Developing intercultural skills and global understanding for a lifetime of leadership